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Apple iMac 2017 Specs, Release Date: iMac 2017 Will Sport AMD Polaris 10 GPU?

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The current iMac with Retina 5K display sports an AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics processor with a maximum of 2GB GDDR5 RAM. By now, everyone is expecting Apple to release an updated version of the all-in-one computer sometime next year. It has been more than a year since the last iMac was released to the public. Now, new information has shed some light to the future of the iMac 2017.

Leaked information from a recent data mining exercise on the macOS Sierra revealed provisions for an AMD Polaris 10 GPU. This could mean that Apple is already considering the use of future AMD graphics processors on its Mac product line.

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This revelation could also mean that there is a chance that the iMac 2017 could be sporting an AMD Polaris 10 GPU upon its release. This notion may not be impossible at all.

iMac 2017 with AMD Polaris 10 GPU

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display (via apple.com)

The current R9 M395 GPU on the iMac is based on the previous Tonga GPU architecture from AMD. The upcoming AMD Radeon R9 M495 is said to be based on the AMD Polaris 10 GPU architecture. If this rumor is true, it is possible that the iMac 2017 could sport an AMD Radeon R9 M495 GPU. Although this is mainly a speculation, having an R9 M495 on the iMac 2017 is not exactly a long shot. In fact, it has been long rumored that the GPU will be released in early 2017.

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Another interesting news about the iMac 2017 is the use of Intel?s 7th generation Kaby Lake processor. For months now, experts have been speculating that Apple is just waiting for the desktop version of the processor to become available. At the moment, the purported release is early 2017, around January or February.

The Intel Kaby Lake will boost the video processing capabilities of a standard iMac 2017 with a native support for 4K video. On top of this, Thunderbolt 3 will also be supported by the new processor. This means that the upcoming desktop will feature USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports.

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