Apple is resurrecting iMac Pro: M1 Max / Pro, mini LED screen with dark borders, Face ID and more

A leaker with an established track record claims an Apple silicon edition of the iMac Pro all-in-one desktop is in the works, with claimed new features like Apple’s latest M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, a mini LED display with dark bezels, the option of Face ID, some of the legacy ports on the redesigned MacBook Pro, and other goodies.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iMac Pro could be revived after being discontinued in March 2021
  • It will run the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips from the new MacBook Pro
  • The computer should rock a 27-inch screen like the old model
  • It will use mini LED backlight for OLED-like experiences
  • Face ID could make the cut, but it’s not yet confirmed at this point

Apple silicone iMac Pro can have Face ID?

The system should have a similar design to the 24-iMac 24 and the Pro Display XDR.

At least that’s what we hear from a pretty reliable leaker Dylandkt , who said Apple could also release “an additional configuration” of the upcoming desktop computer.

If we were to bet, we’d say Apple would likely offer two basic configurations, one with a 16-core GPU found in the Apple M1 Pro chip and the other with its more powerful version with the double GPU Cores, which is referred to as the M1 Pro max.This is exactly how the company is segmenting its range of newly designed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

Face ID has apparently been tested but is not confirmed at this point.

Dylan has listed several other predicted features for the next iMac Pro, including a vastly improved display that, like the discontinued iMac Pro, should still measure 27 inches diagonally, but this time with mini-LED backlighting and ProMotion.

The current internal name candidate for this device is “iMac Pro”. However, as a disclaimer, the marketing team can change gears very quickly. Why is it called that? To better distinguish this device from the iMac 24. This is a “Pro” device with a Pro Chip.

– Dylan (@dylandkt) October 30, 2021

Mini-LED and dark bezels

This information from the speaker confirms a recent prediction by Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who said Apple will launch a new 27-inch iMac with ProMotion, Apple chips and mini-LED by spring 2022.

Just like we’ve seen with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the latest MacBook Pros, the next iMac Pro should use a series of thousands of tiny LED lights that allow for local dimming zones. The mini-LED technology ensures OLED-like experiences thanks to deep black, rich colors and high contrast and brightness. It also suffers from side effects such as blooming.

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– Apples oranges (@ApplesTOranges) October 29, 2021

With ProMotion technology, the display of the next iMac Pro offers dynamic refresh rates of up to 120 Hz for buttery smooth scrolling, animation, etc. And perhaps most importantly, the computer should have dark bezels, which is what it gets from the colorful 24-inch iMac differs with white screen bezels.

Starting price around $ 2,000

Apple’s M1 Pro chip with sixteen gigabytes of unified RAM and 512 gigabytes of flash memory should be installed in the base model. Some of the older ports, like HDMI and SD card, will appear to be on the device while the others are USB-C. If the 24-inch device is an indication, the next iMac Pro should have an evenly thin case with the relatively bulky Ethernet port moved into the power brick.

Interestingly, HDMI has never been in an iMac (as far as I know). Then why does it come to this iMac? This has to do with display compatibility. Most televisions and external displays have HDMI. It’s just a comfort factor.

– Dylan (@dylandkt) October 30, 2021

The revised iMac Pro is slated to hit the market in the first quarter of 2022 with a starting price “at or above $ 2000”. In comparison, the discontinued Intel-based iMac Pro had a starting price of $ 4,999 and includes an 8, 10, 14 or 18-core Intel Xeon processor, a display with 5K resolution, AMD’s Vega -Graphics, ECC memory and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

iMac (Pro)
Promotion and Mini-Led
Base model 16 GB RAM 512 GB storage
M1 Pro and Max
Dark bezels
HDMI, SD card, USB C
Similar in design to the iMac 24 and Pro Display XDR
Starting price at or above $ 2000
Ethernet based on brick standard
Face ID has been tested (not confirmed)
1H 2022

– Dylan (@dylandkt) October 30, 2021

The Intel-based iMac Pro was discontinued on March 19, 2021 because it was no longer competitive with Apple silicon after the redesigned 24-inch iMac was introduced.

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