Apple’s 27-inch iMac is disappearing from its shop without fanfare or replacement

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Enlarge / Where’s the 27-inch iMac gone?

Andrew Cunningham

For years, Apple’s 27-inch iMac was the company’s best desktop. The device was frequently updated with new processors and GPUs, unlike the Mac mini or Mac Pro, and its 5K Retina display was an excellent high-resolution screen. Its design was even the basis of the iMac Pro, an even more powerful desktop that Apple released to prove it was still committed to its high-end pro users.

But the future of the large-format iMac is currently in doubt. Following today’s announcement of the screenless Mac Studio desktop, the 27-inch Intel iMac disappeared from Apple’s online store. The 24-inch iMac is currently the only iMac referenced in the navigation bar, and any existing direct links to its 27-inch counterpart now redirect to the Mac page. Even more mysteriously, Apple Hardware SVP John Ternus said there was only “one other” Mac yet to make the transition to Apple Silicon – and the system he named was the Mac Pro, not the larger iMac.

The Apple Store navigation bar only mentions the 24-inch iMac, and all links redirect to the 27-inch model.
Enlarge / The Apple Store navigation bar only mentions the 24-inch iMac, and all links redirect to the 27-inch model.

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Don’t throw a funeral for the big iMac just yet. For months, persistent rumors from multiple sources have suggested that a new big-screen all-in-one Mac is in the works. According to these rumors, the device would combine a large mini-LED screen with the high-end versions of Apple’s processors. the best information we currently have suggests the all-in-one could be unveiled sometime this summer, possibly at Apple’s annual developer conference. The Apple Silicon Mac line has been full of surprises, from the company’s return to clunky notebooks to the existence of the tiny Mac Studio workstation. Maybe the new large format iMac is the Mac Pro, or maybe Apple is planning to announce an entirely different kind of branding for it.

Meanwhile, users who want a powerful, big-screen Mac could pair a $1,999 Mac Studio with a $1,599 Studio display. However, this combination costs about twice as much as the cheapest 27-inch iMacs. And while we generally like the panache of the 24-inch Apple Silicon iMac, 24-inch can hardly be a true replacement for the old 27-inch version.

To update: Apple has confirmed to Ars that the 27-inch iMac has reached the end of its lifespan.

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