Apple iMac 2021 to be available in five colors, Pro Display XDR design, and 20-core Apple Silicon; Mac Pro redesign to resemble stacked Mac Minis
The Apple iMac's design has remained relatively unchanged since 2012. We've been speculating about an iMac redesign for some time now, and it looks like the upcoming iMac lineup may take us back to the good old days of the original iMac.
Known Apple leaker Jon Prosser, in his latest video on the FrontPageTech YouTube channel, said that the 2021 iMac will launch in five color options. He also shared additional details about the next iteration of the Mac Pro.
Apple iMac - Now in multiple colors, Pro Display XDR design, and upgraded M1 silicon
Prosser shared a render of the 2021 iMacs in five color options including Silver, Space Grey, Sky Blue, Green, and Rose Gold. He does caution that the renders shared are just speculation for now with respect to the design as he is yet to see the rear of the new iMacs. These color choices are reminiscent of the 1998 iMac G3 models, which were also available in various striking colors.
Currently, iMacs are available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch screen sizes. The new iMacs are expected to sport slimmer bezels with a removed or reduced bottom chin to allow for more screen real estate. The overall design is being rumored to be similar to Apple's Pro Display XDR. The reduced bezels could even result in Apple changing the iMac's screen size to 24 inches and 30 inches, but that is just wild speculation at the moment.
The new iMacs are also touted to feature an advanced version of Apple Silicon that could offer up to 20 CPU cores (16 high performance and four efficiency). Currently, Apple M1-powered Macs can offer only two Thunderbolt ports and 16 GB RAM. Considering the higher specs of a desktop, it is possible that the latest version of Apple Silicon, which could be the M1X, may lift these limitations.
Apple Mac Pro - Stacked Mac Mini design with Apple Silicon
Prosser also corroborated a previous Bloomberg report, which said that Apple may have two Mac Pros models available this year — one version will continue to use Intel chips and retain the current design while another variant will be half the size of the current Mac Pro and feature Apple Silicon.
The new Mac Pro is said to resemble something like a set of three to four Mac Minis stacked on top of each other, not too different from the Power Mac G4 Cube that released in the year 2000. According to Prosser, the new Mac Pro will have the compute unit on the bottom and a big heatsink on the top. The new redesigned Mac Pro can be expected to launch later this year alongside the redesigned iMac.