Apple has announced in its online store that the iMac Pro will end as soon as it’s out of stock, announcing the upcoming discon. All customized models have been deleted from the official store, and only the basic configuration of 555,800 yen (excluding tax) can be purchased.
The iMac Pro went on sale at the end of 2017. Equipped with a maximum 18-core XEON CPU and a 27-inch 5K display, the price of over 1.48 million yen with the maximum configuration was exactly the specification for “professionals”.
Although initially proud of being “the most powerful ever,” it was later replaced by the Mac Pro (2019) as a high-end Mac (with the highest price), and the most “standard” iMac. Performance is thinned to the upper configuration.
It is also rumored that Apple is preparing a new iMac equipped with the next Apple silicon “M1X (provisional)” chip. If its performance surpasses that of the M1 Mac released in 2020, it is speculated that the Pro model will no longer be needed and may be eliminated.
There were also rumors that some storage configurations (512GB and 1TB SSDs) on the 21.5-inch iMac 4K model were unorderable and Apple had discontinued them. That also makes us feel that the announcement of the Apple Silicon-equipped iMac is approaching.
At the time of writing the article, the new iMac is expected to be announced around the summer when the developer conference WWDC is held. However, the sudden declaration of the iMac Pro’s discon schedule may imply that next-generation machines will arrive sooner.