Last week, Apple has already made it public that it is planning on releasing the iMac 2017 sometime later this year. Furthermore, the Cupertino company also acknowledges the fact that most users of the iMac are professionals. In line with this, Apple is revamping the all-in-one desktop computer to cater to professional users.
According to Digitimes, Apple is already preparing the manufacturing of the iMac 2017. In a report posted yesterday, the website said that just like current generation iMac, the new iMacs will be manufactured by Quanta Computers starting on May 2017. Unfortunately, the report did not specify exactly how many units Apple ordered from Quanta Computer for the upcoming line of iMacs.
Perhaps the most promising feature of the new iMac 2017 is the hardware focused on professional use. Last year, some reports suggested that the iMac could potentially sport an Intel Xeon processor instead of a normal desktop version. It seems like this will not be a reality, at least according to the Digitimes report.
The report yesterday said that the iMac 2017 will sport the later Intel Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor. At the moment, it is still unclear if it will support newer server-grade processors with more than four cores. However, one thing for sure is that the new iMac will finally support ECC type RAM. This will give the upcoming iMacs a more robust build as these memories have in-built error detection and correction.
In addition to the Xeon processor and ECC memory, it looks like the iMac 2017 will be the first iMac to finally move to an entirely NVMe storage technology.
For those who are unaware, the current generation iMacs still rely on spinning disk hard drives. However, it has an option to include a second NVMe drive on the iMac. This makes use of the Fusion technology from Apple.
The new storage configuration will surely give the iMac 2017 an unprecedented increase in data throughput as NVMe storage is known for very fast read and write speeds.
At the moment, it is still uncertain when the actual release of the new iMacs will be. But since Apple already said that they will come this year, once can only surmise that it will be between September and October; either on or after the launch of the iPhone 8. For more updates on the iMac 2017, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.