We didn’t witness the Apple iMac 27-inch (2022) at the March 2022 Apple Peek performance event, but here’s hoping the larger all-in-one desktop can coexist with its younger brother, the iMac 24-inch (2021).
Certainly, the moment has come. In early 2020, Apple upgraded the iMac 27 with 10th-generation Intel Core CPUs and AMD Radeon 5000-series graphics cards.
Apple’s high-end all-in-one PC is a bit outdated now that two CPU generations and one GPU generation have passed since those components were first launched.
It is probably because Apple is holding off on releasing a version of this PC equipped with silicon – similar to the M1 Max found in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, as this is a desktop PC, it requires more muscle.
Apple might wait until it has a more powerful desktop-class CPU, possibly the rumored M2, before releasing a new version of this PC. Still, it’s also plausible that the firm will power it with the M1 Max and reveal the iMac 27 at its March 8 event later today.
However, we will not learn anything about the iMac 27 2022 until Apple publicizes it. Until then, we’re compiling all of the latest news and speculations in one spot, along with some of our analysis. Therefore, bookmark this website, and we will keep you informed.
Apple iMac 27 2022: The Short Version
What exactly is it? Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer measures 27 inches. When will it be released? Perhaps during the World Wide Developers Conference in June 2022. How much will it cost? TBD, but most likely beginning at $1,799
iMac 27 in 2022 Release Date
We’ve seen some reports suggesting that an iMac Pro with a 27-inch display may arrive in early 2022, but it was conspicuously absent from the March 8 hardware event lineup.
In 2022, we’re still expected to see the arrival of an iMac 27-inch or iMac Pro, paired with either the previously revealed M1 Ultra or a new M2 SoC.
Apple is unlikely to announce a new iMac Pro without releasing a standard iMac 27 — unless the iMac 27 is being discontinued entirely. Now that the Peak Performance event has over, Apple will keep it until WWDC 2022.
Typically, that conference is geared toward professional users, precisely who the iMac 27 – both Pro and non-Pro – is geared for.
iMac 27 Pricing in 2022
It’s a little difficult to lock down the exact price of the iMac 27. If Apple decides to replace the recently discontinued iMac Pro with a new model, it’s very feasible that it will be rather pricey.
When the iMac Pro was released, it began at $4,999 (£4,899, AU$7,299). This is due to the high-end Intel Xeon processor and the integrated 5K display.
If Apple does decide to replace the existing iMac 27 with 10th-generation Intel Core CPUs, the pricing is expected to remain around $1,799 (£1,799, AU$2,799). We’ve seen a leak indicating that it will start at roughly $2,000, which leads us to believe Apple is taking this path instead.
If the new iMac 27 is powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, we doubt it will be quite as pricey as the 2017 iMac Pro.
As strong as Apple’s new CPUs are, they cannot compete with Xeon-class products. It would be great to see Apple develop anything along these lines.
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iMac 27 2022 Specifications
Many of the latest speculations have used the term “iMac 27” but subsequently implied that the M1 Max will power it.
The M1 Max is not yet ready to take the place of the iMac Pro’s absolute monster of a CPU – at least not if Apple wishes to please the sort of people who pay $5,000 on a PC.
On the other hand, Apple may be working on a revamp of the current iMac Pro now that it has been discontinued, much as it did with the iMac 24 in 2021.
Apple may promote the iMac 24 as a consumer computer, with its vividly-colored appearance, and the iMac 27 as a professional device for people who want a little more computational power.
Additionally, there have been some reports regarding Apple producing a Mac Pro. However, renowned Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that the Mac Pro will not be available until 2023, as reported by MacRumors.
If Apple were to introduce a Mac Pro using its silicon, the corporation would require something capable of competing with the world’s most powerful server-class hardware, something the M1 Max is not capable of accomplishing at the moment.
It leads us to believe that the iMac 27 will be a consumer-class device if it is truly introduced at Apple’s March 2022 presentation.
It is just guesswork on our side, but the iMac 27 2022’s specifications are anticipated to include the M1 Pro or Max, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Naturally, from there, you may specify it.
However, we doubt you’ll be able to specify a dedicated GPU, as you can with the current iMac 27, given the M1 Max is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design, and it’s highly unlikely Apple will enable third-party hardware in one of its flagship products in this day and age.