Apple has a new iMac in the works though its release details remain unclear. The long overdue refresh for the iMac lineup has been expected since Apple?s iPhone 7 events. Following the no show at Apple?s October 27 event, reports point toward the all-in-one desktop refresh in 2017.
iMac 2017 Launch
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the new iMac 2017 will release March 2017. CEO Tim Cook confirmed the same stating big changes are coming to their desktop lineup . He reassured the staff and tech enthusiasts that despite no recent updates, Apple is not done with its creative computer market.
?The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world,” Mr Cook said. ?Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we?re committed to desktops.? Cook promised that great updates for the iMac 2017 lineup is in their roadmap.
iMac 2017 Feature Specs Update
Industry insiders, however, say Apple is preparing modest changes to its Mac lineup for next year. The iMac 2017 will not see any radical changes other than minor feature additions, according to Bloomberg.
?The company is preparing modest updates: USB-C ports and a new Advanced Micro Devices Inc. graphics processor for the iMac, and minor bumps in processing power for the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.?
However, speculations point toward a new design update for the iMac 2017 aside from the introduction of game changing features. Following Microsoft?s Surface Studio launch, Apple will need to up its game to stay relevant in the creative computer space.
Kaby Lake Processors
Reports indicate that the iMac 2017 will pack Intel?s next-gen Kaby Lake processor series. The incorporation of the new technology will give iMac faster and?enhanced performance than its?older counterparts. Other sources suggest that further delay in the Kaby Lake series will force Apple to incorporate Intel Xeon processors.
Apple iMac 2017 will pack AMD graphics chips, either of high-end Polaris 10 or Polaris 11 cards. AMD had won a contract with Apple to supply the discrete graphics chips for future high-end 27-inch iMac and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. Speculations also suggest for Apple to make Virtual Reality (VR)-Ready iMac variant aimed at hardcore gamers. It is debatable at this point if the company would introduce its own VR headset.
Standalone Touch Bar Keyboards
Apple designers will?exploring standalone keyboards with a Touch Bar and Touch ID for desktop computers. This, however, will depend on the response to the touchstrip and fingerprint scanner sported by the new MacBook Pro models.