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2021 iMacs will have ‘one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year’

iMac fans — which certainly include Yours Truly — have hoped for a redesign for some time (it’s been almost nine years since one happened). Now Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says this is on tap for this year and will be “one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year.”

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans,” he says the new models will slim down the thick black borders around the screen and do away with the metal chin area in favor of a design similar to Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor. They’ll have a flat back, moving away from the curved rear of the current all-in-one. Gurman doesn’t say when the revamped all-in-ones will ship, but it will likely be in the second half of the year. And they’ll sport the successor to Apple’s M1 chip.

Gurman says that Apple is also working on new Mac Pros. One will be a direct update to the current Mac Pro with the same design and may still include an Intel processor.

The second version will use Apple’s own processors and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro, he adds. “The design will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro,” Gurman says. 

He also says Apple will release a new external monitor that will be more affordable than its Pro Display XDR (US$5,000, not including the $1,000 stand).

The accompanying image is courtesy of svetapple.sk.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.