Speculations regarding the Apple iMac are sky high and it has been much time since we saw a new desktop computer from Apple. They were expected to launch towards the end of 2016, but only MacBook Pro series was updated. Though the launch of 2017 iMac is still far away, we know some interesting features that the desktops will be sporting. Let’s see what all they are.
Intel’s Kaby Lake processors to power the 2017 iMacs
Despite the news of Apple considering AMD Ryzen processors in the next MacBook Pro series, but the company is expected to stick with Intel processors for their desktop computer. The Kaby Lake processors are known to offer better performance than its predecessor while maintaining power efficiency.
There is still a little chance that Apple might skip Kaby Lake in case Intel switches to 10nm production process from the current 14nm of Kaby Lake. With new production process, the Cannonlake processors will be much more power efficient and offer more processing power.
Apple to choose AMD Polaris GPUs over Nvidia Pascal?
AMD Polaris GPU offers a great price to power ratio when compared to Nvidia Pascal architecture, which makes it the first choice for being used in the iMac 2017. Nevertheless, not many use iMacs for hardcore gaming, so that shouldn’t be a major problem. You must note that AMD Polaris based GPUs aren’t underpowered by any way, but they seem to faint a bit before the much more powerful offering from Nvidia.
OLED Touch Bar
MacBook Pro 2017’s most eye-catching feature was the Touch Bar that sits right above the keyboard bridging the gap between laptops with touch screen displays and the ones without it. We are expecting it to make its way to the iMacs too, and seeing the possibility it carries, a lot could be done with Touch Bar on larger desktops.
VR Support for 2017 iMacs
VR is something that the industry is moving towards really quickly but Apple doesn’t seem to be catching up. Things are expected to change with the use of AMD Polaris GPUs that are completely VR ready, unlike the old GPUs used in the currently available Apple desktops.
The 5400 rpm HDD is just too old for being used in a modern computer, so is the 7200 rpm one. SSD is the only way forward with their super-fast transfer speed improving the overall performance. The only drawback they carry is their price and are still considerably expensive than the conventional storage solutions. But, aren’t all Mac computers expensive?
When the price of the iMac is higher than their Windows counterpart, they need to come equipped with the best specifications by default. We’re hoping to see a much better desktop computer from Apple when it is launched later this year.