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Apple's larger redesigned iMac will arrive sometime in 2022 rather than later this year, according to the leaker known as "Dylandkt."

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On Twitter, Dylandkt claimed that Apple's "high end iMac" is not expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2021 alongside Apple's "M1X Macs" – a reference to Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro models – because "Apple simply does not want their devices to compete for attention and delays in product releases have led to this timetable."

In previous claims, Dylandkt has remained adamant that an "M1X" Apple silicon processor is destined for high-end "Pro" Macs, which could include the upcoming MacBook Pro models and a larger, more powerful iMac model. Apple is expected to release 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models at some point between September and November. Reputable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman has said he also expects the larger redesigned iMac to feature an M1X or M2X chip, but Gurman has stopped short of offering launch timing details.

Apple is known to be still developing a larger version of the iMac, but paused work on the larger version to launch the 24-inch iMac model earlier this year. If the larger version of the iMac uses an M1X or M2X chip, it will be a more powerful version of the M1 chip that's in the 24-inch iMac. The 27-inch Intel models that remain in Apple's lineup launched in August 2020, suggesting they are reaching the end of their production cycle.

A new larger ‌iMac‌ would likely ape several changes that debuted in the latest 24-inch model, such as a thinner overall design, studio-quality microphones, and of course more powerful Apple silicon processors replacing Intel.


Dylandkt has correctly predicted details about a number of Apple's recent product launches. As early as November 2020, the leaker claimed that the next-generation iPad Pro would feature an M1 chip, five months before the device emerged. Prior to the launch of the 24-inch ‌iMac‌ earlier this year, Dylandkt also correctly predicted that the new, redesigned ‌iMac‌ would replace the smaller entry-level ‌iMac‌ only and feature an ‌M1‌ chip rather than an M1X.

In other recent tweets, Dylandkt has claimed that new MacBook Air models powered by a not-before-seen "M2" chip will launch in the first half of 2022, and that Apple's LiDAR camera feature will only appear in the "Pro" variants of upcoming iPhone 13 models.

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In all honestly this makes a lot of sense - the component shortage has obviously had a huge effect on suppliers. I would hazard a guess that the new MacBook Pros and a higher-end Mac mini will be locked in for October. That would leave the MacBook for Spring '22, and the iMac, Mac Pro for later the same year.
 
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Be very interesting to see what size screen they go with. 27" / 30" / 32"? They would need to change the aspect ratio to achieve 30" with something like a 5.5k (following the approach to the 24" iMac).
 
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Be very interesting to see what size screen they go with. 27" / 30" / 32"? They would need to change the aspect ratio to achieve 30" with something like a 5.5k (following the approach to the 24" iMac.

The 24” is actually 23.5”. I think the new one will be 5.5k and marketed as 29“ but actually be a bit less" I did the calculation before and think it was 28.7” or something For a 5.5k display.
 
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Freida

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Why would they do it like this? They'll go for 6K and use the same panel as XDR without the fancy stuff. That way they reduce the price overall and all will be more profitable for them.



The 24” is actually 23.5”. I think the new one will be 5.5k and marketed as 29“ but actually be a bit less" I did the calculation before and think it was 28.7” or something For a 5.5k display.
 
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BMcCoy

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Do you think the colours of the larger iMac will be the same as the 24”, or will it be a ‘pro’ model, with darker metallic colours, perhaps similar to the iPhone pro colours..?
 
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saberfi

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The 24” is actually 23.5”. I think the new one will be 5.5k and marketed as 29“ but actually be a bit less" I did the calculation before and think it was 28.7” or something For a 5.5k display.

I think it's more likely that they will use a 6K 32" panel, size-wise similar to Pro Display XDR, but they will cut down on its more premium features, such as HDR intensity and color modes to drive the cost down to fit the larger iMac.

To have 5,5k and 6K screens in the portfolio sounds a bit redundant. I would wager they'll utilize economies of scale, and streamline it with 6K screens, just slightly less pro for the iMac.
 
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nicho

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I think it's more likely that they will use a 6K 32" panel, size-wise similar to Pro Display XDR, but they will cut down on its more premium features, such as HDR intensity and color modes to drive the cost down to fit the larger iMac.

To have 5,5k and 6K screens in the portfolio sounds a bit redundant. I would wager they'll utilize economies of scale, and streamline it with 6K screens, just slightly less pro for the iMac.

How would making something materially different - and larger - drive down costs through economies of scale?
 
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I’m looking forward to a redesigned large iMac, but I also probably would’ve pulled the trigger if they had done what they did with the Air, and just put an M1 chip in the old body.

My 2014 27" iMac was really begging to be replaced so I got one of the new 24" ones. It's beautiful, and much faster, and fits more nicely on a desk -- but the jump down in screen size is noticable, and the speakers are nowhere near as good. If I'd had the choice of an M1 version of the old 5K design, I might well have chosen it instead.
 
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J.J. Sefton

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I'm ready whenever it is. I just hope I can get my custom order in before they're overwhelmed. I dread seeing shipping dates slip to just before the heat death of the universe.
 
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saberfi

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How would making something materially different - and larger - drive down costs through economies of scale?

Well, 32" is an existing size utilized by many companies in their screens. Apple is already buying 32" screens from their contractor(s). Surely it's easier for them to deliver more 32" screens, instead of Apple requesting something like 28" or 29" inch screens which are not common in the industry.

23,8" (smaller iMac) is also common in the industry. I just don't see Apple inventing an unconventional screen size for their larger iMac when 32" is ready and available, and likely cheaper to deliver in mass than anything more exotic.
 
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Jony Ive and Co.

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If this large iMac gets delayed and doesnt get released this year, then it's simply unacceptable. Tim Cook promised a two year transition and more than a year in, we've only just got one damn M1 chip and much of the Mac lineup is still waiting to be updated to Apple Silicon. To think that the iMac, which was iconic and symbolises the Mac spirit, will take so long for an update....
And not to mention that the Intel version with 10th gen Intel is just getting so old

It's not that hard to simply scale the current 24" up to 32" and introduce some more premium features to it (like 6K screen, even better speakers etc).
 
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Wesd1234

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If this large iMac gets delayed and doesnt get released this year, then it's simply unacceptable. Tim Cook promised a two year transition and more than a year in, we've only just got one damn M1 chip and much of the Mac lineup is still waiting to be updated to Apple Silicon. To think that the iMac, which was iconic and symbolises the Mac spirit, will take so long for an update....
And not to mention that the Intel version with 10th gen Intel is just getting so old

It's not that hard to simply scale the current 24" up to 32" and introduce some more premium features to it (like 6K screen, even better speakers etc).
While I agree with you I hope that the larger iMac will be an occasion to reveal a more ambitious design than the 24 inch iMac, especially regarding the chin
 
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roundski

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surely the delay is mini LEDs? why not release Mac mini M1x and iMac M1x now and the Macbookpros when they get enough Mini LEDs?, better hurry up before the M2 come out! ;-)
 
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Serban55

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So M1 mac mini, macbook air and macbook pro in fall and m1 24" imac in spring,
Now M1x mac mini and macbook pro in fall, and the bigger imac in spring (probably along side with M2 macbook air)
 
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