What to expect with the next iMac

Apr 05, 2017
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News broke yesterday that, despite 3 years of waiting, Apple would finally update the Mac Pro. Naturally, this brought up questions about Apple’s other “pro” desktop, and whether or not they would update the iMac, which has been the same since late 2015.

Pike’s Unviversum came through with some intel earlier today, which suggests we could see a new iMac later this year. Expected to be released in late October, the desktop should feature an upgraded processor, more RAM, a better AMD graphics card that supports VR, Thunderbolt 3, and a new keyboard. If you’re a spec geek and want the projected numbers, here they are:

(up to) Intel E3-1285 v6 processor with 16 GB (upgradable to 32 or 64 GB) ECC memory. Faster NVMe SSD’s possibly up to 2 TB and AMD graphics to support VR and Pro apps. Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C gen 2 with… tada… a brand new keyboard.

Most of these changes are expected, as Apple is simply modernizing the internals. And while VR support would be awesome for anyone with an HTC Vive or Oculus, it’s still very much a niche market. That means that the real upgrade is the new keyboard, which is expected to follow the Macbook pro that released last year, and feature the butterfly keys with a touch bar.

Despite the lackluster welcome it received, it appears that Apple will continue focusing on the touch bar and making it even more useful, which is a good sign for anyone who has invested in it.

If any of this comes to fruition, the next iMac is shaping up to be a killer device, and possibly worth upgrading to over the current one.