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Apple has discontinued the 21.5-inch iMac. The demise of the Intel-powered Mac means the only remaining iMacs are now the colorful M1-equipped 24-inchers and the 27-inch version, which is still on Intel.

As reported by MacRumors on Saturday, Apple has confirmed that it has discontinued the 21.5-inch iMac. This news comes after the removal of several configurations of the iMac in March and dwindling inventory in April. The 21.5-inch iMac is no longer available in Apple’s online or brick-and-mortar stores unless you get a refurbished version. You may still be able to find unused machines from third-party vendors, MacRumors noted.

Some customers were disappointed that Apple failed to announce a new iMac at the company’s Unleashed event earlier this month. In March, Apple also discontinued the 27-inch iMac Pro. Now the company has further narrowed its selection of iMacs.

The 21.5-inch iMac shipped with a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU running at up to 2.3 GHz with 2 cores and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640. Apple was excited about reducing its reliance on Intel and has put the M1 chip in MacBooks, the iPad Pro, the Mac mini, and the 24-inch iMac.

The 24-inch iMac (pictured) has a lot going for it over the 21.5-inch iMac.
enlarge The 24-inch iMac (pictured) has a lot going for it over the 21.5-inch iMac.


On the inside, the 24-inch iMac offers notable external improvements over the 21.5-inch model, even beyond its size and delightful selection of colorful chassis. Despite its increased screen space, the 24-inch iMac is 50 percent smaller in volume than the discontinued machine and has bezels half the size. The higher resolution of the 24-incher (4480×2520 vs. 4096×2304) keeps the pixel density comparable (214 pixels per inch vs. 218.58). In addition, the larger iMac has a webcam with a higher resolution (1080p vs. 720p).

Meanwhile, the 27-inch iMac still has an Intel CPU, but is a larger alternative. There are rumors that Apple will update the iMac range with a new 27-inch option in 2022, and we’ve also heard reports of an upcoming 30-inch option.

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