Apple has finally discontinued the 27-inch iMac. Minutes after Apple’s Peek Performance event ended, the last Intel iMac disappeared from the online store.
It’s not like this news is surprising. Since Apple announced it was switching to its own chips, the Intel iMac’s days were numbered. That said, the 27-inch iMac was still available after last spring’s Spring Loaded event, which introduced the 24-inch M1 iMac. It made sense. Back then, there wasn’t really another option for people who wanted a bigger desktop screen that was not the ridiculously expensive Pro XDR display.
There’s also less reason to keep the 27-inch iMac around now that the Studio Display is here. The Studio Display adds 5K to a 27-inch screen, as well as a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Those are all upgrades to the specs of the 2020 iMac, making it pretty… useless to stick around.
However, there’s a big gap between the 24-inch iMac, which starts at $1,299, and an M1 Mac mini or Mac Studio paired with the Studio Display. The former starts at $2,298 and the latter starts at $4,598. Rumors have it that Apple may come out with a bigger iMac powered by Apple Silicon, but when it might arrive is still up in the air.
This is not the last Intel-powered Mac, however. Apple still keeps the Mac Pro (aka the Cheese Grater) around, as well as the Intel Mac Mini. For now.