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Apr 12, 2001

While we wait to see if rumors of a new iMac announcement today are accurate, popular 3D concept channel ConceptsiPhone and Khahn Design have taken a stab at envisioning what Apple's redesigned all-in-one desktop Mac could look like. Check out the pictures and video embedded below.


According to Bloomberg, Apple's redesigned iMac models will feature slimmed down bezels around the display and the metal chin will be removed. The new look is expected to be quite similar to the Pro Display XDR monitor that Apple released in 2019, and that's what we see here.

Instead of a curved rear design, the iMacs will feature a flat back, and prior rumors have described the new iMacs as using an "iPad Pro design language." At least one of the new models that will replace the 21.5 and 27-inch models will measure in at 23 to 24 inches, but it's not clear what size the second iMac will be.

Serial leaker L0vetodream has said that at least one of the new iMac models will feature a display that is much larger than the current 27-inch model, presumably due to reduced bezels.


Meanwhile, leaker Jon Prosser has suggested that the 2021 iMac models will come in five colors that match the colors of the fourth-generation iPad Air (Silver, Space Gray, Green, Sky Blue, and Rose Gold). This rumor has since been hinted at by L0vetodream, who suggested that the colorful new iMacs may be launched at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event.

Apple has developed underlying Mac support for Face ID, Apple's facial recognition technology. Apple initially planned to include it in the iMac refresh coming in 2021, but according to Bloomberg, it has been delayed and is not likely to be included in the first iteration of the new iMac lineup.


Apple is also expected equip the new iMacs with next-generation versions of its Apple silicon chips. Not only will be faster and offer more GPU power, better efficiency, cooler running chips, and tighter mainboard integration could allow for a thinner chassis.

References to two unreleased iMac models has been found in macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta code, identified as "iMac21,1" and "iMac21,2." Could they reference new models that take cues from Apple's first-generation iMac by coming in different colors? We may know for sure before the day is out.

Apple will hold its first media event of 2021 later on Tuesday, April 20, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through a live stream. The event is expected to see the unveiling of updated iPad models, likely some information related to new features in iOS 14.5, and there's a possibility of a surprise like AirTags. Check out everything that's coming in our What to Expect guide.

Article Link: New iMac Concept Takes Design Cues From iPad and Pro Display XDR


macrumors regular
Apr 18, 2011
For me at least, the current design is almost perfect. I never really understood the need for a monitor to move up and down and side to side and round about. It's far easier just to tilt my head! In the same way that most people just have their tv on a flat stand at a set height and adjust their head accordingly. It literally just needs thinner bezels. I even like the chin... purely from an aesthetic point of few, when switched off the current design looks almost sculptural, it passes the 'coffee table test' (as did the iPhone 5) in that it doesn't just look like a big black lump of tech cluttering the room. Just IMHO.


macrumors 604
Aug 10, 2010
But obviously you can't just take the iPad and enlarge it to the iMac size. No way they do so rounded corners...
Why not? My old 24" Apple Cinema Display has rounded corners. My Dell monitor has rounded corners. The current iMac has rounded corners. They added rounded corners into the actual operating system so all windows have rounded corners. The next logical step is for the display panel itself to have rounded corners too! You get rounded corners and you get rounded corners. Everybody gets rounded corners.
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Mar 31, 2021
ugly, and worse than the existing good iMac design. Does need a ball and socket joint though, as that will allow moving the monitor if ports are on the back still, but if the iMac is slightly thicker, then perhaps they will be accessible on the front but out of sight.

More interested in chipset and performance, as other upgrades will add to that, but primarily the machine has to work really well.
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macrumors 604
Aug 10, 2010
People who concept monitors with rounded corners have no clue why that can't happen lol
It can happen and has been done. The iPad pro has rounded corners on the screen, probably by using a combination of the bezel shape and the operating system. Big Sur has already done the software bit. Seems like the next logical step is for the physical display to do the same so you won't see the stupid gaps when you put a window right up against a corner in Big Sur.
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Apr 27, 2016
Oh my gosh I really hope this isn’t what they look like. How ugly can you possibly get?! Apparently the answer is, pretty ugly…
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