iMac 2017 Wishlist: Although anticipated by many, new iMac didn’t debut debut alongside MacBook Pro the Apple Event in October 2016. Since the device is rumoured to be in works, it’s likely that the next iMac would roll out in 2017. As per respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we’ll see iMac in “mid-1H17”, which should be either March or April of this year. The iMac may potentially have a design but by the looks of the several rumours, the device will sport minor spec updates.
The last updates in the line of iMac occurred on 13 October 2015 when the device brought in retina-class screen resolution. The larger models came equipped with Skylake processor chip. With iMac 2017, we are expecting new features and specs, but no leaks, so far suggests any major change in the upcoming iMac. After combing all rumoured specs, we have realized a there should a couple of other features that the next iMac could sport. Here’s our iMac 2017 Wishlist.
Intel Kaby Lake Processor
It’s about time for Apple to add Intel Kaby Lake processor chips to their new line of iMac. To recall, back in 2015, Apple skipped Intel’s Broadwell processors, in favour of Haswell to Skylake. The new iMac that is supposed to roll out in 2017 could feature Kaby Lake processor that Intel started shipping from July 2016. Alhtough the chips offer support for USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort 1.2, but it’s likely that Apple will skip Kaby and sport Cannonlake which was delayed until the second half of 2017. Apple has previously shown this trend of skipping one processor for another.
Flash storage should be made standard across the entire range of iMac. Presently Apple offers Fusion Drive by default for 27-inch iMacs. Fusion Drives are high-performance hybrid blend of flash storage. With the 21.5-inch model iMacs you can add built-to-order option for an extra cost. While the 1TB Fusion Drive included 128GB of NAND flash, the new 1TB Fusion Drive only has 24GB of flash storage. By making flash storage standard across all iMacs, you wouldn’t have to spend more than what the device costs. Moreover, speaking of the current flash drive, 21.5-inch iMacs have hard drives that are slower than flash drives. Flash drives are standard in Apple laptops, something that actually makes them faster compared to iMacs in having the same processor.
The VR industry is set to generate some $40 billion revenue by the end of 2020. VR is the not-too-far-off future of technology and Apple could be a part of it, by making iMac and other MacBook VR compatible. Just like Apple iPhone’s commercial success reshaped the smartphone industry, Apple could make an effort toward bringing VR into mainstream with the forthcoming iMac 2017. It’s very unlikely that Apple would make its MacBook compatible with other VR headsets. In other words, making iMac 2017 VR compatible means Apple would have to come up with a virtual reality headset, which is something Apple is already working on. Since 2014, Apple has been making high-profile hires for its virtual reality project. An Apple VR headset isn’t that far-fetched of an idea.