Earlier this year we enjoyed the launch of the
24in iMac, itself a larger (and considerably more colourful) iteration of the previous 21.5in iMac. But now we’re hearing that Apple is planning a similarly plus-sized reimagining of the 27in iMac, which may soon
balloon past the 30in mark – in fact an iMac with a screen of 32in isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
“I absolutely still believe that a larger, redesigned iMac to replace the Intel 27in models is en route,” writes Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. “Apple increasing the screen size of the smaller model from 21.5in to 24in seems to indicate that the 27in model could see a size increase as well.”
If the imminent gigantifying of the higher-tier iMac isn’t enough to whet the appetite, we’re also hearing multiple reports that Apple is working on a gaming iMac. Two high-ranking Apple employees, for instance, have discussed the
potential of the M-series processors for games.
“You can imagine the pride of some of the GPU folks and imagining, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great if it hits a broader set of those really intense gamers’,” said platform architecture VP Tim Millet. “It’s a natural place for us to be looking, to be working closely with our Metal team and our Developer team. We love the challenge.”
And a designer has come up with concept art that shows
what a gaming iMac could look like; Third Cube has published a concept of a gaming iMac which is significantly larger than a 27in iMac and features a special curved design.
We don’t know exactly where the iMac is going. But right now it’s a product line that’s ripe with possibility.
Apple-free in the UK
Congratulations go to Apple’s legal team, which this week broke the record for world’s largest toy thrown out of world’s most valuable pram.
Having received the disheartening news that a UK court ruling had gone the wrong way, and that the company was on the hook for a patent fee that the judge himself warned was likely to be displeasing, Apple’s lawyers decided that instead of taking the setback on the chin they would drop some
heavy hints about walking away from the UK market entirely.
“Apple’s position is it should indeed be able to reflect on the terms and decide whether commercially it is right to accept them or to leave the UK market,” said Apple lawyer Marie Demetriou. “There may be terms that are set by the court which are just commercially unacceptable.”
Fair enough, but there are a couple of problems with this line of argument. One is that by publicly stating that you might not feel like accepting the official outcome of a dispute, you give your opponents justification to act likewise if and when things go the other way; another is that you may look a little silly if people call your bluff and you don’t leave the country, as happened after a
dispute with Norwegian authorities in 2007-2008.
And as Donald Trump discovered, nobody likes a
News in brief
Despite clear risk of suffocation and poisoning from the battery, a German YouTuber has
swallowed an AirTag. We do not recommend that you follow his example.
Following considerable, shall we say pushback on the interface changes in Safari in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, Apple has
backed down and reverted some of the more radical updates. The third betas see the Mac’s tabs return to a separate field below the toolbar, while the iPhone address bar remains at the bottom of the keyboard until you press OK, rather than suddenly jumping to the top.
Russian state-backed hackers
exploited a zero-day flaw in iOS this spring to target the iPhones of government officials in Western Europe. The same group is believed to have executed a major attack on the IT provider SolarWinds in 2020, and compromised a US federal agency earlier in 2021.
Time Capsule users have been warned of a
potentially serious drive error. The German data rescue company Datenrettung discovered that the hard drives in the 2TB and 3TB Time Capsule models were from the Seagate Grenada brand, which turns out to have a design flaw that causes them to break down sooner than expected.
Video of the week
Apple’s M1 chip is the first in what the company calls a “family of chips” that is expected to grow later this year. The next iteration of Apple Silicon, the so-called M1X chip, may arrive in the second half of 2021 and power higher-end Macs. After that, Apple could release an M2 chip, an M2X chip and so on.
In the video embedded below, Juliet Beauchamp, Ken Mingis and Michael Simon discuss future Mac chips, how powerful they may be and what devices will receive the hardware upgrade first.
The rumour mill
Movement on the long-running Apple Car project, which appears to have secured supplier partners for its batteries – a key part of any car, we’d have thought. We understand that Apple initially sought a partnership with two of China’s largest battery suppliers, CATL and BYD, but negotiations foundered on its insistence that the batteries be
manufactured in the US.
A completely redesigned iPad mini 6 is
coming this autumn, according to the latest report, bringing a larger screen, no Home button and Touch ID in the power button. It’s about time, frankly. The
last iPad mini was near the start of 2019, before everything went weird.
Production of the new MacBook Pro
will be starting soon, according to the generally reliable (
76.6% accurate) prognosticator Ming-Chi Kuo. The new 14in and 16in Mac laptops remain on track for that expected autumn launch despite delays and component shortages, he reckons.
It might feel like it’s only been a couple of months since the 2021 iPad Pro came out (and it is), but it’s never too early for rumours. Martyn Casserly has all the gossip about
next year’s iPad Pro models.
I’ve embedded a list of the best current Apple deals below, but other than that, we’re done for this week. See you next Saturday, and stay Appley!
Apple deals of the week
Apple has finally brought its
Back To School sale to Europe, and that’s our pick of the week’s deals. But you’ll find the rest of the bargains we’re currently recommending in the table below.
Top 10 Apple Deals
Apple 11in iPad Pro (2021, M1, 2TB) – Wi-Fi + Cellular
Amazon’s excellent £64 saving on the AirPods Pro from March is no longer available. Multiple sites are selling for £189 (a £50 saving), including AO and Laptops Direct – but we’d go with John Lewis on account of its two-year guarantee.
David has loved the iPhone since covering the original 2007 launch; later his obsession expanded to include the iPad and Apple Watch. He offers advice to owners (and prospective owners) of these devices.