Apple’s low-end, 21.5-inch iMac seems to be in brief provide at Apple Shops and in Apple’s on-line storefront in the US. The scarcity may very well be a touch of an imminent change to the iMac lineup only a few days earlier than Apple hosts a product launch occasion on April 20.

Specifically, the most affordable, 1080p iMac (the remainder of the 21.5-inch fashions have 4K shows) is seeing ship dates slipping again a number of days into late April or early Could, which is often an indication of low provide. This Mac particularly can be more and more unavailable for pickup at bodily Apple Shops across the US.

In the meantime, the costlier 27-inch iMac is transport inside a standard window, and it’s exhibiting as out there at extra retail shops.

This improvement comes just a few weeks after Apple discontinued a number of sure configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac—particularly, these with 512GB of 1TB SSD storage choices. You’ll be able to at present purchase 21.5-inch iMacs with 256GB of solid-state storage, or a 1TB configuration that mixes an SSD with an older laborious drive.

Traditionally, adjustments like these have usually been indicators of imminent new product launches or discontinuations. However there may be one wrinkle that makes that much less of a positive factor this time: a worldwide chip scarcity that will affect Apple’s merchandise. The scarcity has impacted many different tech and gadget corporations already, and it could be the trigger right here, too.

M1 first, M1X later?

We’re speculating right here, however the truth that solely the lower-end fashions are seeing important shortages whereas the 27-inch iMac is enterprise as normal looks as if a promising signal for an imminent product launch.

As we defined in our article on what to anticipate from Apple’s upcoming occasion, Apple is most probably to improve a low-end iMac earlier than it addresses the sooner, costlier configurations.

An entry-level iMac would most likely function Apple’s M1 chip, the identical seen in different low-end Macs late final yr, whereas a higher-end mannequin would want a brand new chip that Apple has not but launched, resembling an “M1X.”

This cut up may clarify why some leaks and rumors have stated an iMac replace is coming subsequent week, whereas others say it is going to be later within the yr. However once more, right now’s information may very well be the results of chip shortages somewhat than a change in Apple’s product lineup.

In any case, we’ll discover out a technique or one other when Apple holds its occasion on Tuesday subsequent week.

Itemizing picture by Samuel Axon

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