Perhaps one of the highly anticipated desktops due to come next year is Apple?s iMac 2017. Fans of the all-in-one computer have been waiting on the edge of their seats as to when exactly the release will be. Unfortunately, there are rumors that Apple is intending to delay the official release of the iMac 2017.
According to rumors, Apple is still waiting on the Intel Kaby Lake processors that will power the upcoming desktop. Based on earlier reports, the 7th generation chip from Intel will get a public release sometime in January 2017. Of course, for OEM manufacturers like Apple, samples would have been available to them before then. However, rumors of impending delay may mean that even the product samples are nowhere to be found.
Will this mean that Apple will release the upcoming iMac 2017 on a Skylake chip instead of the Kaby Lake?
The chances of this happening is very slim, perhaps as slim as an iMac sporting a Xeon processor. Current iMacs are already running on Skylake processors and Apple reusing the chip, although not unheard of, is highly unlikely. Furthermore, many iMac fans will surely feel betrayed if Apple would release a new desktop without updating the hardware.
In addition to this, the normal release date for iMacs happens around the Fall of each year. The first slim-body iMac was released on Nov. 2012 while the 5K display iMac was on Oct. 2015. Chances are, the iMac 2017 will be released sometime around October of next year as well.
Unless Apple intends to change the release cycle of the iMac, it has enough time to finish the iMac 2017 prior to its unveiling. Between the January 2017 release of the Kaby Lake chip and iMac 2017 announcement, consumers are looking at a 10-month gap. A lot of things can happen between those 10 months.
All in all, consumers and fans alike can rest assured that the next iMac will have the latest and greatest hardware money can buy. In addition to the Kaby Lake processor, fans can also look forward to improved display much like the MacBook Pro. There is also a strong chance that Apple will update the older Thunderbolt port to the newer USB Type-C-based Thunderbolt 3.
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