The 2022 MacBook Air is more likely to turn into the Mac of the 12 months due to its broad enchantment. Nonetheless, there’s additionally rising anticipation for what Apple has deliberate for iMac within the coming 12 months. Following final 12 months’s launch of the consumer-based 24-inch iMac, the expectation this time round is for Cupertino to announce a extra professional-friendly mannequin. This is what I hope to see on this 12 months’s new iMac.
The brand new iMac Professional
Again in December 2017, Apple launched its first and solely iMac Professional. With a beginning value of $5,000, the iMac Professional solely discovered restricted success, and in March 2021, Apple retired it. A month later, the corporate introduced the colourful 24-inch iMac, the primary Apple desktop to characteristic Apple silicon. This mannequin joined the Intel-based (and consumer-friendly) 27-inch mannequin that was final up to date in August 2020.
A brand new iMac Professional will virtually actually substitute that mannequin with patrons given a selection between buying one with an M1 Professional or M1 Max professional-focused systems-on-a-chip (SoC). These are the identical choices discovered on final 12 months’s MacBook Professional.
What in regards to the display measurement and high quality?
The rumor mill has been far and wide concerning the iMac Professional 2022’s display measurement and high quality. Earlier rumors recommended Apple would improve the display measurement on this mannequin because it moved from 21.5 inches to 24 inches on the cheaper mannequin. Later, the rumors pivoted, with most now anticipating Apple to stay with 27 inches for the brand new iMac Professional. High quality-wise, earlier rumors stated the following iMac Professional would characteristic mini-LED; newer tales, nevertheless, stated Apple would persist with LCD.
I’ll cut up the distinction right here and assume Apple will maintain the display measurement at 27 inches for the iMac Professional and supply the mannequin with the choice of LCD or mini-LED, with the latter far more costly, as you will see under.
What in regards to the 24-inch iMac?
With an “M2” SoC anticipated to launch later this 12 months on the following MacBook Air, Apple could (or ought to) refresh the 24-inch iMac to at the least embody this SoC as an possibility. In any other case, this pc, not but a 12 months previous, will really feel more and more previous in comparison with newer Macs.
Will all this in thoughts, the 2022 iMac lineup is more likely to appear like this:
- 24-inch iMac (2021) and/or 24-inch iMac (2020)
- 27-inch iMac Professional (2022) with M1 Professional or M1 Professional Max
Past the show and SoC, I might anticipate we’ll see the brand new iMac Professional with as much as a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU with as a lot as 64GB of reminiscence and 8GB of storage. From a pricing perspective, I would not be shocked to see the iMac Professional 2022 begin at round $2,000 (vs. $1,799 on the present 27-inch iMac) with the highest-priced mannequin considerably extra, maybe as excessive as $5,000 or $6,000, relying on the specs.
As I’ve typically famous, I am an enormous supporter of Apple’s resolution as of late to transcend silver and area grey as shade selections throughout its complete product line. I anticipate we’ll see extra of the identical with this 12 months’s new iMac Professional, though there won’t be as many shade selections as discovered on the 24-inch mannequin. In any case, these might be geared to the skilled set.
If I needed to guess, Apple will convey again the darker area grey end from the 2017 iMac Professional and supply silver and perhaps common area grey. Past this, do not anticipate to see an iMac Professional in a shiny shade.
Time to get excited
With the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Professional and 24-inch iMac final 12 months, Apple mixed new internals with new designs, creating among the finest Macs round. In 2022, it is virtually actually going to be performed once more, first with a redesigned MacBook Air, then with a refreshed 27-inch iMac Professional. Each new merchandise may launch as early as March, though Fall 2022 sounds far more possible for the iMac Professional. Keep tuned.