Apple To Discontinue Two of Its 21.5-inch iMac Configurations

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After discontinuing the production of the iMac Pro and original HomePod earlier this month, Apple has now added two more products to the retirement list. According to reports, two configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac has now been discontinued. 

The 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac as spotted by MacRumors appeared unavailable for purchase on the website since last month. Leaving only the 256GB SSD and 1TB Fusion drive versions in stock for purchase. 

For a while, both configurations were unavailable for purchase on Apple’s website as of last month. However, at the time it was not clear if the problem was supply based or production based. But now, both the 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations are no longer available on the iMac configuration page. This was noted by MacRumors, which leaves us with the conclusion that these two configurations have finally been put aside by Apple. 

This information has been confirmed by Apple to gizmodo and as of now you cannot buy these two configurations from Apple’s website. However, you can still get them from a third-party retailer around you.

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What is next for Apple’s iMac computers – Moving from 21.5-inch iMac to what? 

Apple cleaning its house by taking some of its product out of the market might be a sign of better things to come. Maybe a new line of better performing iMacs amongst other products which we expect to see in Apple’s 2021 Spring event. But a more specific launch timeframe is not yet known. 

Already, rumours have started circulating that a big iMac redesign has been in the works for some time. These rumours suggest that Apple plans to replace the 27-inch and 21.5-inch versions of the iMac with a redesigned iMac. There are also reports that the Mac Pro will get a redesign as well some time this year. 

This will be the first redesign the iMac has seen in over nine years now. Bloomberg reported that the new design will feature a flat-back and do away with the “chin” beneath the screen. This is also expected to be the first iMac to feature Apple’s Silicon chip. Therefore, the 2020 iMac will mark the end of Apple using intel chips for its iMac computers. 


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