Apple Store sells out of 27-inch iMac, suggesting new model at WWDC

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The 2020 iMac could like a bit like this.
The 2020 iMac could look much like the Apple Pro Display XDR.
Concept: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple doesn’t have the 27-inch iMac in stock on its website. Orders placed today won’t ship until several days after the start of this month’s Worldwide Developers Conference. This adds weight to previous reports that a significantly updated 2020 version of this macOS desktop will debut at WWDC.

It’s not just one or two configurations that are out of stock. Currently, there are no versions of the 27-inch iMac available for shipping from the Apple Store before June 25. None.

The all-in-one desktop comes in three standard configurations based on processor speeds. At this time, all three of these ship on that same date. They can’t be picked up in Apple’s retail stores, either.

This doesn’t include the 21.5-inch iMac. It’s shipping now. And it’s in Apple stores.

Kind to customers

Apple doesn’t like unhappy customers. And people who buy a 2019 iMac just days before the 2020 iMac is released will not be happy. That may be why the company is taking orders for current models, but won’t deliver them until after the start of WWDC on June 22.

Based on Apple’s previous practices, anyone ordering an iMac today won’t automatically receive it if a better version is unveiled in a few weeks. Instead, customers will get an email asking if they’d prefer their payment to go to the newly announced model.

Preparing for the 2020 27-inch iMac?

A highlight of the first day of WWDC will supposedly be a redesigned 2020 iMac inspired by iPad Pro. That means it’ll have significantly smaller screen bezels.

And there’ll be internal improvements as well. Apple’s next desktop will allegedly include an SSD in place of the spinning hard drive, a T2 security chip and AMD Navi graphics.

Of course, Apple could be prepping an updated iMac without a major redesign. Cupertino has hardly changed the look of this all-in-one in close to a decade. But it keeps making internal improvement. The last update came in spring 2019, and it brought faster processors and better graphics. That could be all that’s on the docket for the 2020 iMac, too.