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iMac Pro 27-inch release window and mini-LED display just tipped in new report

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Update: A recent report has suggested that the iMac 27-inch will in fact not boast a mini-LED display. The next all-in-one Apple desktop will instead stick with an LCD panel.

Ever since the release of the excellent and colorful Apple iMac 2021, hardcore fans and creators have been wondering when Apple may release a more powerful iMac Pro. It seems that 2022 might be the year. 

According to Display Supply Chain Consultants (opens in new tab) (DSCC) by way of 9to5Mac (opens in new tab), Apple is set to launch a 27-inch iMac Pro with mini-LED display and ProMotion tech in Spring of 2022. DSCC co-founder and CEO Ross Young claims that the mini-LED panel will sport a 120Hz variable refresh rate with oxide backplanes. Without getting too into the weeds, oxide backplanes (opens in new tab) will allow for more efficient power consumption, better image uniformity and a longer lifespan.

In DSCC's blog post, the supply chain analysis firm forecasts mini-LED panels with oxide backplanes to arrive in 2022. In an email to Tom's Guide, Young clarified that his firm came to this conclusion after having discussions with members of the display supply chain, which includes panel suppliers, backlight manufacturers, LED manufactures and others. 

DSCC is highly respected in the display supply chain world, so the claim is worth taking into consideration.Mini-LED tech is not new to Apple. The company already uses the full array local dimming (FALD) solution in the current 2021 iPad Pro with M1 and the 2021 MacBook Pro with M1 Pro (or M1 Max). In both reviews, we were impressed by the high contrast in each display. 

It should be noted that Young had made a similar prediction on Twitter earlier this year. But now he seems to be doubling down on the spring 2022 release window, something he hadn't mentioned before.

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Either way, given how powerful the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are, we're excited to see what both chips can do in an all-on-one desktop. At the very least, there are now also rumors of three new external displays in development, one being a 32-inch Pro XDR variant with custom Apple silicon.

Imad Khan
Imad Khan

Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, but until recently was News Editor at Tom's Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men's Health Magazine, among others. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.