2021 Mac Predictions: Bigger iMacs and MacBooks, & more Apple silicon

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2020 was a giant 12 months for the Mac—and we shouldn’t take that without any consideration. The primary 12 months I began predicting issues on this column, I felt just a little optimism about 2016, and it turned out to be an virtually vacant 12 months for the Mac. The previous few years present that Apple has develop into extra attentive to the Mac, culminating in a 12 months which may not have been as revolutionary as I used to be anticipating, however nonetheless a landmark in Mac historical past.

So with the M1 processor right here and Apple within the midst of a serious processor transition, there’s little question that 2021 might be an attention-grabbing one for the Mac! Change will abound! The query is… what type will that change take?

Time for a brand new iMac?

As we speak’s iMac design is a variation on a design from 2007, refined in 2012. That’s an terrible very long time to go with out a redesign. And so for the previous few years I’ve been predicting an iMac redesign—however to no avail.

I shall persevere. There’s a lot alternative for Apple to rethink the iMac, particularly with the appearance of Apple silicon. 2021 goes to be the 12 months.

I predict that the present 21.5-inch iMac is historical past, changed by a mannequin with a bigger show. A few of the design adjustments are apparent, similar to a lot smaller bezels throughout. The straightforward wager is that Apple will shrink all of the bezels, improve the digital camera (perhaps so as to add Face ID to the Mac for the primary time), enhance the show’s dynamic vary (MicroLED shows are rumored), and preserve all of it wrapped in a well-known form.

My hope is that Apple will go just a little bit additional, taking a web page from Microsoft’s Floor Studio and making the iMac capable of drop down into extra of a drafting-table configuration, the place it may be pushed by an Apple Pencil, if not fingertip enter. However my wager is that Apple will take the conservative route and make an iMac that appears acquainted, but up to date for a brand new decade.

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2021 would be the 12 months of the iMac.

The bigger iMac ought to get a brand new design, too. I’m wondering what Apple thinks the higher vary for an iMac display is. Wouldn’t it make a 30-inch iMac? What about 32 inches, just like the Professional Show XDR? Some show measurement will be added simply by shrinking the bezels, however maybe Apple will observe the bigger-is-better guidelines realized within the smartphone market and simply go all-out. A 32-inch HDR iMac that takes some classes from Apple’s ultra-high-end monitor would undoubtedly be attention-grabbing.

I personally don’t assume the iMac Professional is ever going to be up to date, however no matter how merchandise are named, Apple is aware of that a whole lot of high-end customers use iMacs. The M1 processors launched this fall are spectacular when it comes to efficiency, however there’s obtained to be one other shoe but to drop there. I may see the bigger iMac being held till in a while within the 12 months simply in order that it could possibly ship with a extra highly effective piece of Apple silicon inside.


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