Apple has confirmed that it has no plans to release a 27-inch iMac in the immediate future. This news comes on the same day that reviews for Apple’s 24-inch iMac M3 and MacBook Pro M3 went live, with the company urging Pro users who were waiting for a 27-inch iMac update to instead check out Mac Studio or Can use Mac Pro. ,
An Apple representative confirmed that a 27-inch iMac with Apple silicon won’t be coming anytime soon to The Verge. Apple last updated the 27-inch iMac in 2020, just months before releasing Apple Silicon to the world. It never saw Apple silicon, instead sticking to older Intel chips. Apple discontinued the product in 2021, eventually delisting it the following year.
Despite this, Pro users held out hope for a new 27-inch iMac, and even amid the launch of new Macs this fall, reports were growing that Apple planned to release a 27-inch iMac in 2024. Unlike the 24-inch iMac, which is targeted at home and office use, the 27-inch model has traditionally been a pro-focused model that can scale up to accommodate more powerful processors. For example, the 24-inch iMac is stuck on the base M3 processor and likely won’t see an update to the more powerful M3 Pro or M3 Max.
Even with the release of a new 24-inch iMac that hasn’t seen any updates since the original M1 processor, our iMac M3 review starts like this: “There’s a new iMac. This is not what everyone was waiting for – the one with the bigger screen and the M3 Pro.
Although it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting a 27-inch iMac anytime soon, The Verge notes that the door is still open for larger models. There are still rumors that Apple is preparing a 32-inch iMac for release in 2024 or 2025. However, given the news about the 27-inch iMac, this seems unlikely. It looks like Apple is turning its attention to the Mac Studio and Mac Pro with 27-inch HD displays.
In the future, it’s possible that Apple will reintroduce a 27-inch iMac, but even that seems unlikely. Since the release of the M1, Apple has focused less on its Pro products, with the Mac Pro only transitioning to Apple silicon earlier this year.