Apple iMac to get biggest update in nearly a decade

Posted on Monday, Jan 18 2021 @ 09:03 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Since the availability of the M1 SoC, there's been a lot of renewed interest for Apple's line of Mac computers. Not that long ago, the Mac was considered rather stale as Apple had seemingly neglected it for years, but now a new wave of products is about to hit the market.

Besides higher-performance laptops, we can also expect new desktop models. Bloomberg writes Apple is planning to release the biggest redesign of its iMac all-in-one computer since 2012.

So what can users expect of the new iMac?
First up, the biggest change is the move to Apple's in-house silicon. These systems will no longer use Intel's x86 processors, which comes with some complications for users that need a dual-boot system with Windows, but overall it's not really a big negative as the new MacBooks have shown.

Other than this, the new iMac will get a design similar to the Apple Pro Display XDR monitor, with much thinner borders. People familiar with Apple's roadmap told Bloomberg that the iMac redesign will represent one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year. The new iMac will be offered in 21.5-inch and 27-inch editions.

New Mac Pro too
The Cupertino-based company is also working on new Mac Pro desktop computers. According to the rumor mill, Apple is working on two variants. The first model will continue to use the same design as the current version, which was introduced in 2019. Bloomberg claims Apple discussed continuing to use Intel CPUs for this model. If true, this is definitely a surprise.

The other new Mac Pro will use Apple Silicon and feature a significant redesign. The news agency heard this machine will feature a mostly aluminum exterior with a Power Mac G4 Cube-like vibe. The Apple Silicon-based Mac Pro is said to be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro.

New displays incoming
One of the biggest criticisms of the Pro Display XDR is the extremely high $5,000 base price. Apple is reportedly designing a lower-priced display for its Mac Pro lineup. This lower-price model will be aimed at consumers, and will not have the same brightness and contrast ratio as the the flagship offering.

MagSafe comeback? Days ago, rumors also emerged that Apple's new laptops will soon reintroduce MagSafe connectors. We may see the comeback of the magnetic charger on the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. The launch of these laptops is expected by mid-2021.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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