According to widespread reports and indications, Apple was believed to be working on a 27-inch iMac Pro with a mini-LED display, set to launch this spring. While the company is still very much going to release the product, it will, however, see a small delay pushing the release to summer. Ross Young, an analyst from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) took to Twitter today to let everyone know that the mini-LED iMac Pro is now coming in summer.
We expect panel shipments from June, but the product may not launch till August or September.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 31, 2022
Ross is currently quoting a third quarter release, somewhere around August to September with display panels shipping in June. However, these aren’t exactly the same quality mini-LED panels we’ve seen in the M1 iPad Pro and the latest MacBook Pros. In fact, Ross Young reports that the 27″ iMac Pro will have a somewhat inferior mini-LED display with fewer zones in the backlight. This can lead to, obviously, less brightness, and affect contrast ration as well, but not to a high degree.
DSCC released a report earlier today further contextualizing this in which Young mentioned the same thing. Moreover, he also addresses rumors of an “IGZO” panel. For those who don’t know, IGZO stands for “indium gallium zinc oxide” as basically a fancy TFT panel. Instead of using “a-Si” (Amorphous silicon), using IGZO as the primary semiconducting material in a display’s thin-film transistor allows for brighter displays.
At the end of last year, we indicated a new MiniLED iMac Pro was coming in 2022. We thought it was coming in the spring, but we now hear it may be summer. Of course, it could be delayed further into the fall. One of the supply challenges Apple has with this product is obtaining more MiniLEDs.
In terms of the display, we hear it may not have as many MiniLED zones and MiniLEDs as what can be found on the iPad Pro and MacBook Pros. We are also questioning whether it will be IGZO or not. I wouldn’t think so since power consumption is less of a concern and there would be little benefit to throttling refresh on a monitor down to 24Hz as IGZO can do. The higher mobilities of IGZO vs. a-Si could also help achieve desired resolution at higher brightness, but brightness shouldn’t be an issue with MiniLEDs. So, we would expect to see an a-Si panel, we will see if we are right.
Just a day before, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reported on Apple’s upcoming releases which include the iPhone SE 3—an updated budget offering with refreshed internals—, a new iPad Air with the A15 Bionic chip, new AirPods and at least one Mac, which would most likely be the MacBook Pro we’re talking about. It will be equipped with the latest M1 Pro or M1 Max SoCs along with a design similar to that of the vibrant 24-inch iMac.
As you can tell, this would be the first iMac “Pro” in a while as Apple wants to bring the iMac lineup up to par with the “Pro” moniker slapped on its MacBooks and iPads. So, now it seems that instead of holding a special event in April or March to announce the new iMac Pro, Apple would probably shift the unveiling to its WWDC event in June where it would make the most sense to announce the product. That being said, WWDC is already quite crowded so let’s see the company tackles it.