Apple Inc. is planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012, according to people familiar with the plans. Part of the shift away from the processor to its silicon.
The new models will slow down the thick black borders around the screen and do away with the oversized metal chin area in favor of a design similar to Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor. These iMacs will have a flat back, away from the curved rear of the current iMac. Apple plans to launch two versions – codenamed J456 and J457 – to replace the existing 21.5-inch and 27-inch models later this year, people said, with the products not yet announced. Asked not to be identified.
The upcoming products are part of a radical overhaul of Apple’s own personal computer lineup. The Cupertino, California-based company is switching from Intel chips that have generations of MacBooks and iMacs to their own, arm-based processors, branding it Apple Silicon. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
The new models will use next generation versions such as Apple’s Mac processors Upcoming 2021 MacBook Pros. According to people familiar with the company’s roadmap, the iMac redesign will be one of the biggest visual updates for any Apple product this year.
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While the majority of the computer industry focuses on laptops, the iMac is a major part of Apple’s portfolio. The first iMac, which was launched in 1998, was credited with helping save Apple from bankruptcy and eventually paved the way to becoming the world’s most valuable company. The all-in-one desktop line is also important for professionals and consumers seeking larger screens at relatively affordable prices.
Apple is also working on a pair of new Mac Pro desktop computers, its priceless Mac machines that don’t come with a single screen, people said. One version is a direct update to the current Mac Pro and will continue to use the same design Version launched in 2019. Apple has discussed continuing to use Intel processors for that model rather than moving to its own chips.
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The second version, however, will use Apple’s own processor and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro. The design will mostly have an aluminum exterior and may invoke apathy for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a slightly smaller version of the Power Mac, an older iteration of the Mac Pro.
As part of its revived Mac desktop efforts, Apple has begun early development of a low-priced external monitor to sell alongside the Pro Display XDR. Apple’s current monitor debuted in 2019 and is priced at $ 5,000 before factoring $ 1,000 stand.
The cheap monitor will have a screen more tailored to the consumer than professional use and will not have a top-tier brightness and contrast ratio. Apple last launched a consumer-grade monitor called Thunderbolt Display in 2011 for $ 999 but discontinued in 2016.