The new iMac Pro with a mini-LED display rumored to launch this-coming spring might not come along so soon. It now looks more likely to show up sometime during the summer, display analyst Ross Young said Monday.
Mini-LED iMac Pro: August or September?
Typically reliable with his predictions about Apple’s display plans, Young said he no longer expects a spring launch. A release sometime during the summer appears more likely. While panel shipments could being in June, the new iMac Pro itself could follow in August or September, he said.
In December Young, who works with Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), said the iMac Pro with mini-LED display should become available in spring 2022. And Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman suggested the possibility of a spring debut at an event in March or April.
Gurman indicated he expected Apple’s spring event to focus on the iPhone SE with 5G connectivity, a refreshed iPad Air with an updated A-series chip, and at least one new Mac powered by Apple Silicon chips. He speculated the Mac might be either the new mini-LED iMac or the Mac mini.
We expect panel shipments from June, but the product may not launch till August or September.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 31, 2022
Fewer mini-LED zones that versions of iPad Pro and MacBook Pro
Given Young’s new data, it appears we may see the new Mac mini ahead of the refreshed iMac.
While rumors persistently suggest Apple is working on a 27-inch iMac featuring a mini-LED backlight, Young noted today that he believes it will feature fewer mini-LED zones than the mini-LED iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models have.
Also note that when a new 27-inch iMac comes along, it’s expected to bear the revived “iMac Pro” name. That will help tell it apart from the 24-inch iMac and keep it in line with naming conventions of the MacBook Pro models.
Rumors say iMac Pro will sport the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips found in the MacBook Pro models. And a refreshed design should include slimmer black bezels and possibly additional color options.