After the introduction of Mac Studio and Studio Display to Apple’s product lineup, and with mixed signs of a larger Apple silicon iMac on its product roadmap, will there ever be another iMac Pro?
Five years ago this week, Apple released the iMac Pro, billed at the time as “the most powerful Mac ever made.” In March 2021, Apple announced that it would be discontinuing the iMac Pro. At that point, the machine had been superseded by the 2019 Mac Pro, a major final upgrade to the 27-inch iMac and early Apple Silicon Macs. In April 2021, Apple introduced the 24-inch iMac as its first all-in-one desktop Mac with an Apple silicon chip. Apple discontinued the Intel-based 27-inch iMac in March 2022, leaving the junior iMac with an entry-level chip as the only all-in-one in Apple’s lineup.
Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young has said since 2021 that Apple is working on an iMac with a 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, but rumors about this device have faded since the release of Mac Studio and Studio Display in March of this year. year. When Apple introduced these two new machines, it praised their “modularity” and collective positioning between the iMac and the Mac Pro. As such, the placement of the Mac Studio in Apple’s product line raised suspicions that there was simply no longer a place for a iMac “Pro”. Other reports suggested that Apple had no plans to release a new iMac Pro or a iMac with a larger screen anytime soon.
However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes a new iMac Pro model will launch in 2023 alongside a new Mac Pro, a rumor apparently backed by BloombergIt’s Mark Gurman. Earlier this year, Gurman said that Apple was still working on a high-end iMac model:
I also still believe that Apple is working on a larger screen iMac aimed at the professional market. I would imagine this will use a variation of the M3 chip, probably an M3 Pro and M3 Max. That would match the chips inside the MacBook Pro. I don’t think the combination of a Mac Studio or Mac mini plus an Apple Studio Display is enough for many professional users who want more screen real estate.
Other than a rumor from Young that the iMac Pro will have fewer mini-LED zones than the iPad Pro or MacBook Pro, little else is known about what it might feature. It seems likely that a larger ~27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, M3 Pro and M3 Max chip options, and a host of ports carried over from the MacBook Pro are on the cards for the iMac Pro based on what you we are. aware at the present time.
With Young, Kuo, and Gurman united around the idea of a new high-end iMac, likely to launch sometime next year, it seems like the chances of Apple releasing a new iMac Pro remain relatively high, regardless of the presence of the iMac Pro. Mac Studio and Studio Display.