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Apple iMac: Complete redesign incoming alongside a cheaper external monitor option, but Face ID must wait for a later iteration

The design of the iMac has remain unchanged since 2012. (Image: Apple)
The design of the iMac has remain unchanged since 2012. (Image: Apple)
Apple has done nothing to the iMac design since 2012, and its huge bezels have not aged well. However, a new report claims that Apple is finally on the verge of unveiling a complete redesign. The new-look iMacs will launch alongside a cheaper alternative to the Pro Display XDR, too.
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A few weeks ago, @L0vetodream suggested that Apple would introduce a new iMac in March 2021, and one with a redesign from that the company has been selling since 2012. According to Bloomberg and Mark Gurman, this is the case, and we should expect to see something resembling Apple's Pro Display XDR monitor. Hence, the iMac will lose its thick bezels and sizeable chin in favour of a design with a significantly higher screen-to-body ratio. 

The all-in-one machine should also gain flat edges, like the iPhone 12 series, consigning the current model's curved back to the history books. Bloomberg adds that Apple plans to release two variants, J456 and J457, which will replace the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch models. Unsurprisingly, the J456 and J457 will rely on a more powerful version of the Apple M1, rather than Intel processors. The Apple M1 already powers the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini, but Bloomberg does not offer any details about what to expect from a desktop-class variant of the SoC.

Similarly, Bloomberg has not provided any details on the launch date of the J546 and J457 beyond a broad 2021 launch date. Nonetheless, Gurman adds that Apple had initially planned to integrate Face ID in these 2021 models. This feature will now not arrive until a subsequent revision, though.

Separately, Gurman asserts that Apple plans to release another dedicated external monitor. However, this monitor will be a cheaper alternative to the Pro Display XDR, which still retails for nearly US$5,000 without a stand or a VESA adapter.

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Bloomberg (1) (2) via MacRumors

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-26 (Update: 2021-01-26)