Unavailable iMac configurations fuel rumors of a new version's release

iMac 2019 in home office
iMac 2019 in home office (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple's 21.5-inch iMac is unavailable in certain configurations.
  • The lack of availability is fueling rumors about a new version's release.

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.

21.5-inch iMac Non-Retina

21.5-inch iMac Non-Retina (Image credit: Apple)

The outlet believes that the lack of availability is most likely due to a component shortage as opposed to Apple cutting down inventory ahead of a new iMac release. It does note, however, that Apple usually extends shipping times rather than making a certain configuration unavailable altogether.

Timing for a launch of the redesigned iMac remains unclear, so we'll have to hold tight to see whether we get an update or Apple's component shortage is resolved for the current models. It's quite rare for Mac configurations to be completely unavailable for ordering, with Apple usually just pushing shipping estimates out significantly in cases of component shortages or stock drawdowns ahead of updates.

Both Bloomberg and Jon Prosser have pointed to Apple releasing a redesigned iMac at some point this year, with Prosser saying that the new iMac will come in the same color lineup as the current iPad Air.

Prosser says that current prototypes for the new iMac use the same five colors as iPad Air, black, white, green, blue, and rose gold. Now, as Prosser notes, these are only prototype machines, so there is no certainty that Apple will release all or any of the rumored colors, however whilst a little more "out there" than some of Apple's other designs, if the iPad colors have proven popular then Apple may want to capitalize on that success.

Jon Prosser Imac 2021colors

Jon Prosser Imac 2021colors (Image credit: Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech)

It is still unclear exactly when Apple will release its new iMac models. In addition to a new iMac, and the company is expected to be working on a new version of the Mac Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro, no doubt driven by the company's new Apple Silicon processors.

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.