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Apple’s new iMac may finally grow

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A new iMac is coming, and this time rumors suggest that Apple is finally ready to overhaul the display – or at least release in larger version then display the 27-inch that we are all used to.

May MacRumors, reliable leaker l0vetodream tweeted over the weekend: “The screen of the iMac is really big, bigger than the biggest.” That in itself may seem like nothing, but it’s important to keep in mind that Apple has not redesigned the iMac in almost a decade. The last time we saw a design update was back in 2012. Sure, the line has seen upgraded components over the years, but otherwise the iMac has a kind of stagnation in the design department, especially compared to Apple’s other products.

Back in January, Bloomberg reported that the new iMac all-in-one would likely take its design keys from Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor. As for the size, that would mean we’re looking at a possible 32-inch display. While the 27-inch display is considered the flagship, Apple also offers a smaller 21.5-inch version. May Tom’s Guide, which could also get a bump in size up to 24 inches.

Those are some major upgrades in screen real estate. This is especially true when you consider that the new iMacs have been rumored to have slimmer edges. Apple will also be able to remove the scary metal at the bottom of today’s iMacs, as well as shave the curved back into a flat one. The move sounds similar to what Apple did with the iPhone SE and the iPhone 12 Mini, By tapping the home button and edges, the iPhone Mini was able to bump the screen size up to 6.7 inches from the SE’s teeny 4.7-inch display.

Bloomberg cites anonymous Apple sources as saying that the iMac redesign this year “will be one of the biggest visual updates for any Apple product.” And while a larger, almost borderless screen would be a significant change, it would not be all that differs from the Pro Display XDR. Apple leaker Jon Prosser hinted by the end of February, the iMac would come in multiple colors: silver, space gray, green, sky blue, and rose gold. That would certainly count as a “great visual update, and would be very reminiscent of the colorful iMacs of yesteryear, while doing well with the new iPhone 12 colors. Prosser, however, has a pretty hit-or-miss track record with Apple rumors, so take that with a big salt salt.

What we do know is that the new iMacs will be the first to sport Apple Silicon, making the 2020 iMac the latter having an Intel chip. Apple began its shift from Intel-powered devices to its own ARM-based SoC last year, so it makes perfect sense to redesign the design of the iMac now. A “major visual update” would help consumers easily distinguish the upcoming iMacs as part of the Apple Silicon-powered era. This is reinforced by the fact that Apple has also wiped out its iMac inventory in recent weeks. Last month, Apple stop the iMac Pro, A few weeks later it axes two more configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac.

Rumors had Apple launching a launch event in March, and were later re-adapted to April, (After all, Apple sowed those rumors themselves to eradicate leaks.) There’s a small chance we could hear about the new iMacs then – although it’s more likely that Apple will release a new iPad Pro and Air Tags. We’ll probably have to wait a few more months before we know what the new iMacs really look like, but it’s fair to say that big changes are coming.

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