Gurman: Next iMac Pro likely to look like a bigger iMac with better chips

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

What you need to know

  • Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes Apple will use the iMac Pro name when it launches a larger iMac this year.
  • Expectations are that the new iMac Pro will borrow the design of the 24-inch iMac.
  • The next iMac Pro is likely to use "similar chips to the M1 Pro and M1 Max" according to Gurman.

Rumors of a larger iMac destined for a 2022 launch keep coming and going and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said something many of us have been thinking — that larger iMac will carry the 'Pro' name, bringing iMac Pro back to life.

Apple's current 24-inch iMac comes with Apple's M1 Apple silicon as well as some rather funky colors. While we might not get quite the same array of colorways, Gurman says that a design similar to that of the current iMac should probably be expected when writing in his weekly Power On newsletter.

"My expectation is that we'll get a new model this year that is bigger than the current 24-inch design and branded as an iMac Pro. That would mean it has similar chips to the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors inside of the MacBook Pro. I'd also expect the new iMac Pro to have a similar design to the current M1 iMac."

Gurman also believes that chips similar to the M1 Pro and M1 Max will be used, although it's possible they will be upgraded M2 chips that are expected to get their debut in a new MacBook Air within the next few months.

Reports of a new 27-inch mini-LED screen, likely to be used in an iMac Pro, have surfaced of late but we heard last month that mini-LED is unlikely to be part of a 2022 iMac Pro.

Mini-LED or not, we can be sure that the new iMac Pro will be the best Mac for people who need as much grunt as possible while sitting at a desk.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.