iMac 2019 in home officeSource: 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-RetinaSource: 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 2021colorsSource: 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.