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27-inch iMac actually won't have mini-LED, will have colors, claims report

24-inch iMac in blue
24-inch iMac in blue (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • On Tuesday Digitimes hinted at a new mini-LED 27-inch iMac.
  • It is now reporting the new device will not feature the display technology.
  • It is however reportedly coming in Spring of 2022 and will feature new colors.

Digitimes has amended a report from Tuesday claiming a new 27-inch iMac will feature a mini-LED display but says the device is due in Spring of next year and will feature color options like the current model.

A preview of the report from Digitimes on Tuesday stated suppliers had kicked off shipments for the 27-inch iMac that will feature a mini-LED display. However, an article from the outlet published Wednesday now states:

Suppliers have kicked off their shipments in small volume for the new 27-inch iMac set for launch in 2022, but the device will not come with a miniLED display as previously speculated, according to industry sources.The sources pointed out that speculation about the next-generation 27-inch iMac coming with a miniLED display has been circulating in the market ever since the 24-inch iMac received a major upgrade in the CPU platform earlier this year, but the shipments of the 27-inch device in December showed that it is still equipped with a traditional LCD display.

The report says that despite LCD, LED chips will be up 30-40% over the previous model offering greater brightness. Digitimes says the new iMac will have a thinner design (likely the same as the M1 version) and feature the same color options.

DSCC's Ross Young reported in October the new iMac will feature a mini-LED display and a 120Hz refresh rate, an amended rumor that first hinted the device could actually be a new external display from Apple. Young reiterated his understanding following Digitimes' change of tack:

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When it comes to displays Young has a much better but far more limited track record, whereas Digitimes is more reliable regarding timings and supply than it is with actual device features.

Apple added 120Hz displays with mini-LED to its new MacBook Pro (2021) with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors earlier this year. Apple no doubt has the capability but it remains to be seen whether it has cracked the tech for a much larger display.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.