The new public beta of iOS 11.3 allows us some indiscretions on Apple’s plans for iMac. The track of new models, very probably animated by chips Apple Silicon, is confirmed.
Apple’s iMacs get a little encrusted, but that shouldn’t last. While persistent rumors are gathering and pointing to the launch this year of two new models equipped with Apple Silicon chips, here is that the last beta of macOS Big Sur 11.3 (deployed in public beta and with developers for a few hours) confirms also the existence of this duo of iMac.
In any case, this is what 9to5Mac observed. While digging into this new beta of macOS, the specialized site uncovered codes explicitly referring to two new devices identified as “iMac 21.1” and “iMac 21.2”. These references, however, have no connection with the diagonal of these two friends, who should keep screens of 21.5 and 27 inches, respectively.
Codenames that coincide …
More interestingly, by digging further, 9to5Mac could see that the code names contained in the beta of macOS for these two devices correspond to those mentioned in January by Bloomberg (J456 and J457). It remains to be seen which processors would animate these new iMacs. And as it stands, we would have to rely on Apple Silicon chips.
At the end of last year, Dennis Oberhoff, developer of an online music application on the App Store, indeed reported the publication of an error report from an unknown iMac equipped with an ARM processor. Info that intervened more or less at the same time as the eviction of the iMac Pro and the setting aside of certain configurations for the 21.5-inch iMac. So many clues that suggest that Apple would unite its iMacs under the single ARM banner … and that the result would be sufficiently powerful to make the iMac Pro obsolete – and compromise its relevance in the ranges of the Cupertino giant.
According to other rumors, the firm at the apple would also bet (finally) on an aesthetic renewal of its iMac. The design of the new 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs could thus be inspired by the clean lines of the Pro Display XDR screen, launched at the very end of 2019.