After the iMac Pro, the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display could be the next Apple device to be discontinued. First seen by MacRumors and then confirmed by Gizmodo, Apple has stopped selling the 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display with 512GB and 1TB SSD options. For now, Apple is only selling the 21.5-inch iMac with 256GB SSD and 1TB Fusion Drive options.
In February, MacRumors reported that the 512GB and 1TB SSD storage options for the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display were not available, although there was no clarity on whether this was a supply issue or a permanent outage. Now that both storage options have disappeared from Apple’s website, it’s a clear sign that a major iMac redesign is right around the corner. Apple last updated the 21.5-inch iMac in 2019 with 8th-generation Intel Core processors.
There is a major iMac redesign happening this year, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Apple is rumored to be replacing the 27-inch and 21.5-inch versions of the iMac with a redesigned iMac. Apple’s new iMac is said to feature a new design language that mimics Apple’s Pro Display XDR and the new iPad Air. The new iMacs are said to feature silicon chips from Apple as the company gradually moves away from Intel chipsets. This would be the first iMac redesign in nine years.
Discontinuing two configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac adds fuel to the fire that Apple could shake up the iMac lineup this year. Earlier this month, Apple discontinued the original iMac Pro and HomePod. If Apple holds an event in April, it could announce the updated iMac, a new iPad Pro, AirTags, iPad Mini, AirPods 3, and the next-gen Apple TV streaming box.