In 2021, iMac saw a huge update to design with the new 24-inch iMac. What’s in store for 2022? Let’s look at some of the rumored upgrades to the iMac line for 2022.
Updates for the 24-inch Mac
Mac currently has two different iMacs in its lineup. They are the 24-inch iMac and the 27-inch iMac. 2021 was the year that iMac discontinued the 21.5-inch model and the iMac Pro. The 24-inch iMac could possibly be updated in 2022 with more powerful configurations such as more powerful M1 Max chips and the M1 Pro. This is a possibility because these chips are featured in MacBook Pros, so if they were to be added to the iMac, it would make for a nice entry-level model that also offers affordability. It’s also possible that Apple will update the iMac with the M2 chip. There are rumors circulating that Apple plans to release the first M2-powered Mac device sometime in the coming year, so there’s a chance the iMac could be the device to see this upgrade.
There is also a chance that there are no updates to the 24-inch iMac coming for 2022. As it is, the M1 iMac is a powerful device and extremely capable of delivering quality to users. Apple might take the chance to put attention to other products.
Updates for the 27-inch iMac
What comes next for the 27-inch iMac for this upcoming year? Since the design hasn’t really changed much over the last ten years, the 27-inch iMac is overdue for an update. Again, if rumors are to be believed, the new 27-inch iMac will look something like a Pro Display XDR crossed with a 24-inch iMac. This might mean that the design is flatter, without the bulging the 27-inch iMac currently has. One analyst, Ross Young, reports that the iMac for 2022 will have the same size display as the model has now, but it will integrate some more modern technologies like ProMotion support for refresh rates as much as 120Hz.
When the 21.5-inch iMac went to 24 inches, it also transitioned to Apple Silicon. Right now, experts aren’t expecting a similar shift with the 27-inch model, but of course, the folks at Apple are the only ones who know right now. The larger screen iMac will probably be powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Rumors state that the iMac will have a base model configured with 16GB of RAM with 512GB of SSD storage which is like the MacBook Pro. Ports included are likely to be an HDMI port, a few USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, and an SD card slot.
Although these are only rumors at this point, many of them seem credible with the way Apple normally handles updates. There are, however, supply chain shortages affecting many industries worldwide. This means that even if certain changes and updates are planned, the supply chain may dictate those changes have to wait. We’ll have to just wait and see what’s in store for the iMac line of products.