Despite earlier reports claiming Apple’s rumored iMac Pro will be announced at its first special event of the year in spring, display analyst Ross Young says the machine will launch in the summer instead.
mini-LED iMac Pro expected to arrive in August or September
In a tweet, Young said he no longer expects the iMac Pro to launch in the spring, and that a “summer” launch seems more likely. In a follow-up tweet, he said that panel shipments are expected to begin in June, but the product may not launch until August or September.
Back in December, Young said the iMac Pro with min-LED would launch in the spring. This was also reiterated by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman who said that the device could debut in the spring at a virtual event that is expected to take place in late March or early April.
We expect panel shipments from June, but the product may not launch till August or September.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 31, 2022
Just yesterday, Gurman reiterated that Apple is planning to launch a third-generation iPhone SE with 5G connectivity, a new iPad Air powered by the A15 Bionic chip, and a new Mac powered by Apple Silicon this spring. A Mac mini powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips is also expected to be on the roster for this year’s releases.
Gurman expects Apple to release a larger iMac powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips this year. He further believes this computer will have iMac Pro branding giving it a “similar design” to the 24-inch iMac released in 2021 but with slimmer black bezels and new color options.
The new iMac Pro will feature a mini-LED backlight, but Young said that it will have fewer mini-LED zones than are available in the mini-LED iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models.
Other tidbits we know about the upcoming iMac Pro are that its starting price will be over $2,000, its ports will include HDMI, SD card, and USB-C (likely with Thunderbolt 4), it will ship with an Ethernet port on charging brick as default and it will replace the aging 27-inch Intel iMac in Apple’s lineup.
In addition, the base model will feature 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. It is likely that the base model will also have lesser CPU or GPU cores, compared to higher-end models. Face ID has been tested for the iMac Pro but it is not confirmed. Unclear what it means for a notch on the machine.