Apple took advantage of the “Peek Performance” keynote to discreetly bury the 27-inch iMac, a model that is well appreciated by professionals and individuals in need of power. Back in the days of Intel processors, this computer offered one of the best bangs for those who wanted a Mac that had it under the hood without blowing their budget. The alternatives were all more expensive: you had to either invest in a well-equipped Mac mini and buy the rest of the accessories (keyboard, mouse, screen, speakers), or turn to a well-boosted MacBook Pro. The prices could then greatly exceed those of the iMac as long as there were large storage or RAM needs.
The 27-inch iMac was also a superb 5K panel (5,120 x 2,880), inaugurated in 2014 and very practical for displaying a large work surface while limiting the size. This big silent bike had the advantage of being sold with all the necessary accessories (keyboards/mouse), of integrating loudspeaker and webcam, but also of allowing free access to the RAM. Thanks to Boot Camp, it was possible to install Windows and use it as a more than adequate PC to play a little or to use software not available on macOS.
Apple Silicon: where did the 27-inch iMac go?
On the desktop side, the disappearance of the 27-inch iMac leaves a hole in Apple’s catalog. Either we stay under €2,000 with an M1 chip (iMac 24″, Mac mini), or we go directly above €4,000 for a Mac Studio with an external 5K screen. in-between, and there are many who dream of a 27-inch “Pro” iMac to find an all-in-one bike with enough power.
We imagine that Apple has a replacement in the pipeline. Some rumors evoke an iMac Pro with a miniLED panel, others a simple XL version of the 24-inch iMac with a little more trunk. For the release, the sounds of the bells differ: in the summer according to Ross Young, next year for Ming-Chi Kuo. In the meantime, Apple doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to release this new model and even confirmed that the 27-inch iMac had reached “its end of life” at Ars Technica. In terms of good value for money, going back seems difficult: the Studio Display is displayed at €1,749, or €250 less than the entry-level 27-inch iMac freshly removed from the catalog.
And you, do you think that Apple should offer an Apple Silicon iMac 27?