Apple’s 27-inch iMac disappears from its store without fanfare or replacement

Enlarge / Where did the 27-inch iMac go?

Andrew Cunningham

For years, Apple’s 27-inch iMac has been the company’s best desktop computer. The device was frequently updated with new processors and GPUs, unlike the Mac mini or Mac Pro, and its Retina 5K display was an excellent high-resolution display. Its design was even the basis for the iMac Pro, an even more powerful desktop computer that Apple released to prove it was still committed to its high-end business users.

But the future of the large-screen iMac is currently uncertain. Following the announcement of the screenless Mac Studio desktop today, the 27-inch Intel iMac is gone from Apple’s online store. The 24-inch iMac is currently the only iMac referenced in the navigation bar, and all existing direct links to its 27-inch counterpart now redirect to the Mac page. Even more baffling, Apple Vice President of Hardware John Ternus said there was only one “more” Mac that hadn’t yet made the transition to Apple Silicon – and the system it named was the Mac Pro, do not the biggest iMac.

The Apple Store navigation bar only mentions the 24-inch iMac, and links to the 27-inch model all redirect.
Enlarge / The Apple Store navigation bar only mentions the 24-inch iMac, and links to the 27-inch model all redirect.


Don’t have funerals for the big iMac just yet. Persistent rumors from multiple sources have suggested for months that a new big-screen all-in-one Mac is in the works. According to these rumors, the device would combine a large Mini LED screen with the high-end versions of Apple’s processors. the best information we currently have suggests the all-in-one could be unveiled sometime in the summer, possibly at Apple’s annual developer conference. The Apple Silicon Mac lineup has been full of surprises, from the company re-embracing large laptops to the existence of the tiny Mac Studio workstation. Maybe the new big-screen iMac East the Mac Pro, or maybe Apple is planning to announce another kind of brand entirely.

In the meantime, users who want a powerful, big-screen Mac can pair a $1,999 Mac Studio with a $1,599 Studio Display. This combination, however, costs about twice as much as the cheapest 27-inch iMacs. And while we generally love the panache of the 24-inch Apple Silicon iMac, 24-inch can hardly replace the older 27-inch version.

Update: Apple has confirmed to Ars that the 27-inch iMac has reached the end of its life.

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