Apple Silicon-powered iMac rumoured to have been delayed until October 2021

Apple iMac 27-inch (2020)
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Apple fans pining after a new entry in the iMac range may be left disappointed by a rumour that suggests the new Silicon-powered desktop computers won’t arrive until October 2021.

Earlier rumors had stated that the Apple Silicon iMac would arrive in March 2021 after the company didn’t include an updated iMac offering in its September 2020 event, which saw the announcement of Apple’s M1 chip and new MacBook Air, Pro and Mini models. 

But according to a comment made by serial Apple tipster LeaksApplePro on Twitter, the Apple Silicon iMac will now arrive in October instead of March. 

It’s worth noting that LeaksApplePro includes the word “apparently” in its assessment of the delays to Apple’s latest desktop machines, and the account doesn’t have the cleanest record when it comes to circulating rumours, but even so, with little to no updates from Apple itself there’s no reason to doubt that the 2021 iMac remains firmly in the development stage. 

What we expect to see

Apple is reportedly planning the first major redesign of its desktop iMac computers in nearly a decade.

The design of the popular iMac all-in-one computer was first introduced in 2012 and has remained largely unchanged in the years since. Now, with the arrival of the new Apple M1 chip, it seems likely that the iMac will be getting a major refresh. 

According to a Bloomberg report, by moving away from Intel processors for its desktop product Apple is now free to make some major design changes that weren't possible with its Intel-powered systems.

The report suggests Apple will be slimming down its iMacs considerably by moving to a flat back rather than the current curved design, likely a result of the reduced cooling requirements of the more efficient Apple Silicon processors.

There’s no word yet on exactly what chip Apple will be using for its new iMac range, with various rumours swirling regarding multiple models using different processors (including some which are set to stick with Intel). In all likelihood, though, it’s safe to expect at least one of the new iMac models will arrive with an Apple M2 (or similar) chipset.

In any case, it's going to be expensive.

Via wccftech 

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.