Following the launch of the brand new Mac Studio and Studio Display monitor, Apple will discontinue the 27-inch iMac which debuted in 2020. Although this news is not surprising. Since Apple made announced the plans of switching to its own range of chips, the world got the message and knew the days of Intel iMacs were numbered. That said, the 27-inch iMac was reportedly still available after last spring’s event that then introduced the 24-inch M1 iMac. At the time, there wasn’t really an option for people whose choice desktop screens were the larger ones.
More so there is not much reason for keeping the 27-inch iMac any longer, especially now that the Studio Display has arrived with even far greater capabilities. As known already the Studio Display boasts a 5K retina display on a 27-inch screen. Also has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera that features Center Stage. All these are upgrades to the 2020 iMac’s specs, making it pretty much unworthy to match the brand new Studio Display.
Another point worthy of note is that the 27-inch Studio Display can be connected to any Mac. Apple has seemingly felt the urge that there wouldn’t be a need for a large-sized all-in-one desktop computer. Now that the 27-inch iMac is being retired, for now, the 24-inch iMac remains the only all-in-one desktop computer offered by Apple. There is a major gap, however, between the 24-inch iMac, which starts at $1,299, and an M1 Mac mini or Mac Studio paired with the Studio Display. The former starts at $2,298, and the latter starts at $3,598. Rumours say that a larger iMac powered by Apple Silicon may be in the works, but when it will debut is still in the air. This isn’t the last Intel-powered Mac, for now, Apple still keeps the Mac Pro around, as well as the Intel Mac Mini.
According to reports making rounds, Apple has now removed the 27-inch iMac from its website. For those who can’t wait to see if Apple brings a more professionally-oriented iMac to its lineup later this year and also aren’t interested in the new Mac Studio, the 27-inch iMac may still be purchased directly from the company’s online store, although options are light.