Earlier this week, Apple discontinued Intel-iMac Pro models amid the rumors of the upcoming Apple Silicon iMac. Regarding new M1 iMacs, leaker @LeaksApplePro claims that two redesigned iMac models are in production and will be ready for launch in a couple of months. Presumably hinting at WWDC launch time in June 2021.
In the latest macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 5 code reference of Apple Silicon iMac models were discovered with code names J456 and J457. However, it can not be said with certainty if the code names are for SKUs or sizes. The expected update would be part of Apple’s two years transition plan to switch from Intel processors to custom Apple Silicon.
Two Apple Silicon iMac models are coming out this year with new color options
As per the @LeaksApplePro, the redesigned all-in-one-desktop models will have larger displays with thinner bezels. In 24-inch and 31.5-inch variant, the new iMacs will come in color options similar to first-generation iMac models launched in 1998. Previously, it was reported that Apple would introduce the upcoming desktop models in 2020 iPad Air colors.
- Production is doing great. Ready in 1 or 2 months.
- 24” (J456) and 31.5”(J457).
- M1-based processor. 12 cores. 8 of which at 3.2GHz. 16 GPU cores. – Silver, Space Gray, Green, Sky Blue, and Rose Gold.
- Redesigned cooling system.
- Narrower bezels.
The tech and design specifications shared by the leaker are corroborated by Bloomberg and other industry sources. Out of all the new changes in the new all-in-one-desktop, M1 Apple Silicon will be the most important. M1 MacBooks and Mac mini have delivered impressive CPU and GPU performance with incredible battery life. Apple describes it as,
Our first chip designed specifically for Mac, it delivers incredible performance, custom technologies, and revolutionary power efficiency. And it was designed from the very start to work with the most advanced desktop operating system in the world, macOS Big Sur. With a giant leap in performance per watt, every Mac with M1 is transformed into a completely different class of product. This isn’t an upgrade. It’s a breakthrough.