iMac 2017 Release Date Set For Q3 In 2017 [VIDEO]; Apple To Launch 'Server Grade' iMac With ECC RAM, New GPU, Xeon CPU & Lots More!
Details regarding the 2017 iteration of the iMac are quite hard to come by. Nevertheless, the rumor mill has not ceased swirling speculations around the long-awaited device. Here's a rundown of the 2017 iMac's rumored release date, specs, and other details.
iMac 2017 Release Date
Apple's new range of all-in-one desktop computers will be unveiled in the second half of this year and will feature a "server-grade" version that will be specifically targeted at the high end creative professional market. This shred of information comes from Taiwanese supply chain sources.
It's no secret that Apple is hard at works on new iMac models that are slated to hit the store shelves later this year. Lining with this, a recently surfaced report gave iMac enthusiasts a brief peek at what could be in store for creative wizards and also pointed to a more specific timespan on those plans.
The report from DigiTimes (via MacRumors) suggests Apple will commence the production for a couple of iMacs next month, aiming to launch the consumer desktops sometime between August and October and a server-grade iteration of the iMac at the end of 2017. The same report makes a few more revelations that might prove to be true.
Breaking the long-reigning trend of keeping details about its upcoming devices under wraps, Apple recently confirmed that it is currently working on new iMac models, which are scheduled to release in late 2017. Taking this announcement into consideration, it's safe to say that the aforementioned report actually alludes to a reasonable timeline.
Apple is expected to unveil 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs in Q3 of 2017, as the report notes. This timeframe is ideal for catching up with the holiday shopping season.
iMac 2017 Specifications
Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor is likely to fire up the iMac Pro, which will pack 16GB to 64GB of ECC RAM and up to 2TB of NVMe SSD (solid-state drive) storage. Moreover, the desktop will come with the latest discrete graphics card (although the exact meaning of this is unclear).
Intel's chip is not up for grabs at the moment, MacRumors explains. The "ECC RAM," on the other hand, is error correcting memory, meaning, it can not only detect but also correct data corruption.
Another report from Pike's Universum (via BGR) noted that the 2017 version of the iMac is already set to launch in October. The report rubber stamped the previously reported set of specs for the high-end model. Aside from that, it pointed to the inclusion of AMD graphics to support VR and pro apps along with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. A new keyboard is also likely.
Not too long ago, Bloomberg (via 9To5Mac) claimed that Apple is prepping an iMac revamp with AMD's newfangled GPUs and USB-C ports.