iMac Pro could make a comeback in 2022 with Apple’s newest M1 chips

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The high-end iMac Pro is expected to return next year with Apple’s newest M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. One tipster also claims the powerful all-in-one will feature a 27-inch mini-LED display — and possibly even Face ID.

The machine won’t be cheap, with prices expected to start “at or over” $2,000. But that would make it considerably more affordable than the last iMac Pro.

iMac Pro not dead yet?

Apple discontinued the last iMac Pro, first introduced in 2017, in March of this year after it went three years without a refresh. It was a super-speedy machine with Intel Xeon W processors that gave the Mac Pro a run for its money.

The big problem with the iMac Pro was its eye-watering price tag, which started at a whopping $4,999. But rumor has it that Apple is planning a more affordable, even more impressive successor that will arrive next year.

According to Twitter tipster @Dylandkt, who has proven reliable in the past, a new iMac Pro will debut in 2022, powered by Apple’s latest M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, with a starting price of around $2,000.

The base configuration is expected to be similar to that of the new MacBook Pro, with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage as standard. It could also feature a similar array of ports, with HDMI and USB-C, and an SD card reader.

Face ID ‘tested’

The new iMac Pro’s design could be like that of the 24-inch M1 iMac, but with black bezels. Apple has stuck with black bezels on all of its Pro machines, with white expected to become the standard for its more casual computing devices.

The biggest surprise in Dylan’s tweet is that Apple has “tested” Face ID for the new iMac Pro, which suggests it could be the first Mac that uses Apple’s latest biometric security technology. But this is “not confirmed” at the moment.

It’s not yet clear if the new iMac Pro will replace the 27-inch iMac entirely, or whether a more affordable 27-inch all-in-one will be available alongside it.