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Opinion: Why iMac Redesign Won’t Happen Until Apple Silicon is Released

Scarboose

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I, like so many other people a few weeks ago, anxiously awaited to see the newly redesigned iMac. However, just like those people, I was disappointed. Instead, we were informed that Apple Silicon will be coming to the entire Mac lineup with the next two years and that Apple still had one more Intel iMac coming down the pipeline.

The iMac has looked almost identical since 2012. The iPad was 2 years old at that point. Think about how far that hardware has come! Now, rumors suggest the new iMac will have a similar build style to the latest iPad Pros. Anyways, here are the reasons why, in my opinion, the iMac won’t see a redesign until Apple Silicon is released.

It is amazing what a company can do when it builds the software and hardware under one roof. This is the main reason why Apple is so far ahead when it comes to the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. These three devices can do what is asked from all of us every day in the office: do more with less. We see users complain that the iPhone doesn’t have enough RAM in it. It doesn’t need it because everything works together in a more efficient way. This is why the newly redesigned iMac is so intriguing. Even if you aren’t planning to buy one, you have to be wondering how much thicker it will be than the current iPads. The iPad Pro is outperforming so many other traditional devices already. It is much thinner and clearly doesn’t have a heating issue. Imagine what they can do with more than double the space and no need for a battery!

Apple is already known for not wasting materials. They are one of the greenest companies in the world! Rebuilding an iMac for Intel based chips, only to switch to Silicon months later would result in wasted time, materials and money. Apple has to build an enclosure that works for Intel. They certainly don’t want to compromise with Intel for a design that might be with us for another decade. They want to build a brand new look that is beyond overdue and will contain a chip set that will most likely blow all of the competition out of the water.

This is why the Intel iMac that will most likely be released within the next week or two will be almost overlooked. Everyone will take a quick glance to see that it has the latest Intel 10th generation chip and then check for other things like T2 security, SSD only hard drives, 16 GB of RAM minimum and graphics card setup.

This brings me to a bit of an unrelated point: Why is Apple even releasing an Intel Mac when they already showed their hand? I believe this final Intel release is for those users who are afraid of change. A big hit with 27” iMacs these days is that you can pop open a small door in the back to upgrade the RAM. With Apple Silicon, there won’t be a need for these doors.... or traditional RAM. There will also be those users who are skeptical of the new hardware. Which, I can’t blame them for. While it is possible that there will be significant bugs, I believe that Apple only felt comfortable making this transition because of their major success with the Apple Watch, iPhone and, most importantly, iPad.

Finally, why change the design for Intel? Save the best look for your self! What better way to advertise your final triumphant transition than by placing your largest and most powerful device front and center for the whole world to see!
 

Martius

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I also think we won't see a redesigned iMac 27" this year. Maybe they will use the iMac Pro chassis for the last iteration of the regular Intel 27" iMac and discontinue the iMac Pro at all.
 
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mbosse

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Interesting thoughts - the efficient use of RAM and the low heat dissipation are intriguing, but fear this will also bode towards an entirely non-upgradable iMac, don't you think? It might well be that those are much longer lived though, given how efficient Apple Silicon is with iPad Pros.

Magnus
 
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xWhiplash

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I also think we won't see a redesigned iMac 27" this year. Maybe they will use the iMac Pro chassis for the last iteration of the regular Intel 27" iMac and discontinue the iMac Pro at all.
I would think they have to. My i9 iMac gets too loud and too hot.
 
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catean

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Interesting thoughts - the efficient use of RAM and the low heat dissipation are intriguing, but fear this will also bode towards an entirely non-upgradable iMac, don't you think? It might well be that those are much longer lived though, given how efficient Apple Silicon is with iPad Pros.

Magnus
This is the trend and the future. Efficient terminal computers/tablets/etc. and cloud computing power.
 
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Scarboose

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Sep 15, 2018
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Interesting thoughts - the efficient use of RAM and the low heat dissipation are intriguing, but fear this will also bode towards an entirely non-upgradable iMac, don't you think? It might well be that those are much longer lived though, given how efficient Apple Silicon is with iPad Pros.

Magnus

This change will essentially mean that there won’t be any upgradeable options, I think. I would be very interested to crack open one of the Mac Minis developers can apply for just to see what it all truly looks like. Does it look similar to the inside of the iPad Pro?
 
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