Apple may be dropping certain configurations for the 21.5-inch iMac

2019 iMac
2019 iMac (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • A new report says that the unavailable iMac configurations will be permanent.
  • The 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac have been unavailable for over a week.

Last week, it was reported that certain configurations for the 21.5-inch iMac were unavailable to customers on the Apple Store website. Both the 512GB or 1TB SSD configuration was unavailable, sparking more rumors about the launch of the redesigned iMac that is expected for 2021.

Certain configurations of the current 21.5-inch iMac are unavailable on the Apple Store website, fueling rumors that Apple may be close to releasing a completely redesigned version of their iconic desktop computer, the 2021 iMac. As reported by MacRumors, for the past few days, the 21.5-inch iMac has been unavailable when choosing a configuration with either a 512GB or 1TB SSD hard drive. All other configurations, however, still remain available to customers.

A new report from AppleInsider claims that these configurations, rather than being temporarily unavailable, have actually been removed by Apple altogether. According to "long-time AppleInsider sources familiar with Apple's supply chain," Apple has stopped making the 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac.

Long-time AppleInsider sources familiar with Apple's supply chain have told us that Apple has stopped producing the 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations of the iMac 4K. Additionally, both models are newly listed as "currently unavailable" on Apple's website. The 256GB SSD model and the 1TB Fusion Drive model remain available for purchase as of writing, albeit with some lead time.

It is still unclear if these configurations are no longer available because Apple plans to launch its new iMac sooner than expected or if the company is removing the options due to poor sales on those particular configurations.

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The company is rumored to be hosting a March event this year, but so far that event is expected to focus on new iPads and Apple's long-awaited AirTags product.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.