iMac 2017 Specs: Apple's all-in-one desktop range, the iMac, was last updated on October 13, 2015, with the introduction of two variants, a 21.5-inch variant and a 27-inch iMac with an array of build-to-order upgrades and other features. An all-Retina lineup for the 27-inch models was introduced while the 21.5-inch lineup received its first 4K Retina display as an uber high-end option. Fans were disappointed, however, when the all-in-one device did not debut at the company's October event, fanning rumours that the revamped lineup of the iMac 2017 would be launched in this running year and not earlier. It seems certain that this upgraded iMac will possibly be unveiled at the next Apple event in September 2017, just two months from now. We expect that the September event may also witness the arrival of the iPad Pro 2.
We list here the rumoured specs and features of iMac 2017 in a breakdown of the innards. Note that the iMac 2017 may yet launch with slightly varying features than the one we list here.
Apple iMac 2017 Specs
iMac 2017 Processor
The iMac 2017 will boast of a 5K Retina display for the 27-inch model, just like the 2015 model had featured. The new iMac will offer support for an OLED Touch Bar which Apple has also reportedly included in its new MacBook Pro. The iMac will house Intel's Kaby Lake processor. One primary reason why the iMac did not show up at Apple's October event was that the Kaby Lake processor had not yet launched. This week, however, Intel announced the full lineup of 7th-generation Intel Core processors, the Kaby Lake range, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The range will also boast of the Kaby Lake low-power Y-Series and U-Series processors.
Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors are built on the "14nm+" process, introducing new optimisations compared to the previous 14nm Broadwell and Skylake chips. Intel has officially stated that the Kaby Lake processor family will improve productivity performance by up to 20 percent for gaming notebooks, 25 percent for desktops and up to 65 percent faster performance on notebooks when compared to the 2013 Haswell chips from Intel's previous release cycle. The new processors will support 4K displays with ease and offer 360-degree content, customers can expect enhanced security, a new media engine, and improvements in VR and gaming.
There have been murmurs that Apple could also bypass the Kaby Lake i7-7700 processor in favour of Intel's Xeon or even the upcoming AMD Ryzen processor. The Xeon processor is usually deployed in commercial workplaces like top-end workstations and servers, which are apparently equipped to support error-correcting code memory, aiding faster processing.Remember that AMD has recently won a contract with Apple. We believe that the iMac 2017 may end up with three different models with the Intel Kaby Lake, the Xeon and the new AMD processors to keep up with the times. We also predict that the 21.5-inch iMac, which is usually powered by chips with higher-end integrated graphics, may be powered by the existing Intel Skylake 6585R, 6685R, and 6785R chips instead of Kaby Lake chips while the bigger iMac sticks to the Kaby Lake processor family.
iMac 2017 Display
The new 21.5-inch iMac line will include a 4K Retina display to complement the 5K Retina display on the bigger iMac. The smaller iMac will boast of a superb resolution of 4096 x 2304, which includes 9.4 million pixels and is more than four times more sharp than the existing iMacs. Expect a 25 percent bigger colour space to make images more vivid and detailed. This is possible because unlike any typical Unlike with a typical sRGB display, the iMac will use red-green phosphor LEDs to better display the main colours red, green, and blue respectively. The display screen is extremely thin and sleek at just 5mm thick with a 1.4mm display panel. The bigger iMac has a 5K Retina display which has 14.7 million pixels.
Storage and RAM
At this moment, a high-end 21.5-inch iMac includes 8GB RAM mated to a 1TB hard drive, while the 27-inch variant comes with 8GB RAM and a 1TB 7,200 RPM hard drive. We expect the new iMacs to migrate to the fusion drives. Upgrading to a Fusion drive is pretty difficult for the existing lineup as it involves the removal of an extra PCIe SSD slot. We expect the new models to sport a 2TB and 3TB Fusion Drive which essentially pair a larger hard drive with 128GB of fast flash storage, thus providing more space for the most frequently used files. The RAM will also be increased.
The new iMac 21.5-inch model will use integrated graphics from Intel. We believe that this will be the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 (GT3e)which is an integrated graphics card and the fastest GPU of the Broadwell generation. It is built into several high-end CPUs specified at 47 W TDP. The Intel Iris Pro offers a fast eDRAM cache as well as 48 EUs (Execution Units) and therefore more powerful than its predecessors. The bigger iMac will house Discrete graphics cards manufactured by AMD and known as the Polaris 11 GPU, even though the Polaris 10 is not ruled out altogether. Apple's use of AMD 200/300 series GPUs in the top-end 27-inch iMac is well known. The Polaris 11, codenamed 'Baffin' and the Polaris 10, codenamed 'Ellesmere' will power the iMac 27-inch variant. These new graphics cards are manufactured by Global Foundries' 14nm process and are similar to the ones manufactured by Samsung's own second-generation 14nm FinFET process. The Samsung products power the current iPads and the iPhones. We expect a greatly reduced size and a different form factor due to the incorporation of the new technology.
iMac 2017 Features
The new iMac 2017 all-in-one desktop computers are expected to feature a Touch ID and a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port. Expect standalone keyboards with a Touch Bar and Touch ID for the desktop computer. The MacBook Pro models released a few months ago sport a touchscreen strip and fingerprint scanner and Apple will look at its success to determine what the iMac will carry. Apple's current Magic Keyboard was released back in October 2015. We also believe a return to the Apple Magic Mouse. Apple's second-generation Magic Mouse includes a new design that eliminates the need for traditional batteries; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can be charged using a standard Lightning to USB cable powers the mouse.
Also expected to return is the Apple Magic Trackpad 2, which features an edge-to-edge glass surface and brings Force Touch to the iMac. The built-in battery in the Magic Trackpad 2 stays and it charges very similarly to the mouse. All models will include a FaceTime HD video camera, stereo speakers, and dual microphones. With the renewed push to make the iMac thinner, we expect the new AIO desktops to weigh very less when compared to the existing iMacs. The current iMacs weighs a mere 21 pounds. Late last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple was committed to the Mac and has "great desktops" in the pipeline. We solemnly believe that fans will not be disappointed with these enhanced iMac 2017 Specs & Features.