The launch time we saw Apple launching a new iMac was in 2015. It’s now 2017 and we haven’t got to see the latest iteration of Apple’s desktop series. If the latest reports are to be believed, Apple won’t leave us disappointed for long and is expected to launch a new iMac quite soon, maybe as soon as in June 2017.
A few reports in the past have suggested that Apple might replace Intel processors in iMac with the recently announced AMD Ryzen processors. Macworld suggests that Apple is still expected to choose Intel, but the possibility of an iMac with AMD processor cannot be entirely ruled out.
However, Apple is likely to stick with AMD for its graphics cards. AMD’s Polaris GPUs launched early 2016 will make their way to the 2017 iMac models, at least the high-end ones. WCCF Tech reported that AMD won the contract last year for its Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 chipsets. The former seems to be a perfect fit for the iMac series, while the latter would work fine in Mac Pro.
Every few months, we get to see a new launch date for the iMac series but it never happened. The last one was March 2017 and the launch doesn’t seem to happen as most of the month has passed, moreover, we have already seen a launch this month in the form of an iPad and some upgrades to the existing products.
Many recent reports have suggested a possible launch date of June 2017 which coincides with the schedule of WWDC 2017. PC Advisor notes that it is highly unlikely that Apple will be launching a product at a developers conference. The publication further suggests that the launch of 2017 iMac will happen at a special event in September or October 2017.
This year’s iteration is expected to pack in the best of Apple computers including an OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID, USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 5K Retina display, and a lighter and slimmer design. It seems like we will have to wait for a few more months to see how the new iMac plans to take on the competition.