Has the iMac 27-inch been discontinued?

Has the iMac 27-inch been discontinued?

It appears that after 12.5 years the ubiquitous iMac 27-inch has been discontinued. After the launch of the Mac Studio at the latest Apple Event, Apple removed the iMac 27-inch from their online store, leaving just the iMac 24-inch as their only all-in-one desktop.

No matter how we crunch the numbers, if you want a Mac setup with a 27-inch display it is going to be more expensive than buying a 27-inch iMac. The most recent entry level 27-inch iMac (2020 model) retailed for £1799 but the equivalent spec with a Mac mini, Studio Display and Apple keyboard and mouse will now set you back £2496, that’s an extra £697 (which could nab you an Apple Watch and the latest iPad with change left over!).


No matter how we crunch the numbers, if you want a Mac setup with a 27-inch display it is going to be significantly more expensive than buying a 27-inch iMac was.


Options for a setup with more than 24-inches

The current rumor mill indicates there is no pending replacement, so what options are there for people who want a desktop with a display larger than 24-inches?

 

Option 1 - from £3498

New Mac Studio with Studio Display

 

Order the sparkly new Mac Studio and a Studio Display from an eye watering £3498 🥺! For users looking to have 32GB memory or more, this jump in price over the iMac 27-inch will be a tough pill to swallow.

  • New Mac Studio with 32GB memory, 512GB storage (entry level) - £1999
  • Apple Studio (27-inch) with Tilt-adjustable stand - £1499
  • Total: £3498 (not including Mouse/Keyboard!)

Option 2- from £2198

New M1 Mac mini with Studio Display

 

Great, it’s cheaper but with 8GB memory and 256GB SSD this will not be suitable for users who need a bit more room and grunt.

  • New M1 Mac mini with 8GB memory, 256GB storage (entry level) - £699
  • Apple Studio (27-inch) with Tilt-adjustable stand - £1499
  • Total: £2198 (not including Mouse/Keyboard!)

Option 3 - from £2798

New M1 Mac mini with 1TB SSD and 16GB memory with Studio Display

As the Mac mini can take a maximum of 16GB memory this option may limit some pro users.

  • New M1 Mac mini with 16GB memory, 1TB storage (entry level) - £1299
  • Apple Studio (27-inch) with Tilt-adjustable stand - £1499
  • Total: £2199 (not including Mouse/Keyboard!)

Option 4 - from £450

Refurbished 27-inch iMac from £825 or Mac mini with display from £450

Refurbished devices are a great way to lower the entry price with options to fit a range of budgets. We've shortlisted some potential options for you below. 👇

Refurbished options for a setup with more than 24-inches

We have a number of 27-inch iMac and mac Mini options that offer a massive saving against new. Below i've shortlisted some options to give you an idea.

  • Option A, is an entry level 27-inch iMac with a 4-core processor. These start from £825 and are configurable with up to 64GB memory.

  • Option B is for those looking for something more powerful, it's an upgraded 27-inch model with processing power on par with the M1, £2050 with 1TB SSD and 32GB memory.

  • Option C: Check out a refurbsihed Mac mini, the Intel 6-core i5 model is still sold on Apple's site. You could either use this with a display of your own or pair with a LG 27-inch 4K display for £379.99.

 

 

A) Refurbished iMac 5K Retina 27-inch Core i5 3.4GHz

8GB memory, 1TB Fusion Drive

 

B) Refurbished iMac 5K Retina 27-inch Core i7 3.8GHz (2020)

32GB memory, 1TB SSD

 

C) Refurbished Mac Mini Core i5 3.0GHz (Space Grey, Late 2018)

8GB memory, 256GB SSD

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