Apple is expected to launch a 27-inch iMac in 2022. So far rumor mills have claimed that the larger all-in-one computer will be powered by next-generation M1 Max duo Apple Silicon and will feature a mini-LED display with 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD in the base model, dark bezels, HDMI port, USB-C ports, and more.
A new report refutes the mini-LED claim and states it Apple will continue with the same display tech and color options in the upcoming 27-inch iMac as in the 24-inch M1 iMac launched this year. However, the new iMac will have an improved LCD display.
Production of 27-inch iMac with LCD display has kicked off in small volumes
This year, Apple introduced the mini-LED display in 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. In comparison to LCD, mini-LED panels use diodes smaller than 0.2mm that offer higher brightness and deeper contrasts. Furthermore, the mini-LED display is more power-efficient, reduces the risk of burnout, and enables HDR through local dimming.
Thus, it was speculated that Apple will expand the advanced display tech to future models. On the contrary, DigiTimes reports that Apple suppliers have begun the production of the larger iMac with LCD tech will launch in spring of 2022. It is also mentioned that the 27-inch iMac will have a thinner design and will be available in the same color hue as the 24-inch model.
Although the 27-inch iMac does not feature miniLED technology, LED chips used in its display are up 30-40% from the previous models, giving it a higher brightness, said the sources. The machine also features a thinner exterior design and is expected to provide consumers the choice of multiple colors as its 24-inch counterpart.
However, other sources claim that the bigger iMac, designed for professional users, might adopt “iMac Pro” branding and will feature darker bezels unlike the white bezels in 24-inch iMac.
Update: display analyst Ross Young still believes that the new 27-inch iMac will ship with a mini-LED display, as per his tweet:
We still believe it is Mini LED.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) December 22, 2021