New iMac 2017 News: Server-Grade Processor, New Magic Keyboard, and VR Support

It has been more than a year since Apple updated the iMac. A lot of Mac fans were expecting the Cupertino company to release a new one last year. Unfortunately, they were all disappointed as Apple opted to delay the new all-in-one desktop. Now, a new report seems to suggest what the iMac 2017 would be in terms of specifications and new features.

iMac 2017 with Intel Xeon processors

According to Pike’s Universum, the iMac 2017 could sport an Intel Xeon processor on release. In fact, the blog went on and said the processor will be the E3-1285 v6 variant. In addition to the server-grade processor, the minimum system RAM would now be bumped to 16GB. It should be noted that since the E3-1285 v6 is a server processor, the iMac 2017 would also need to have ECC RAM support.

Apart from the server-grade processor, the new iMac would also have a much faster NVMe storage that could be as big as 2TB.

On the graphics side of things, the blog also mentioned that Apple is really considering including the virtual reality of VR support on the iMac 2017. If this happens to be true, the GPU could be an AMD Radeon R9 290X or quite possibly much higher. Apple could still push the graphics performance to the AMD Radeon R9 390X if it wants to. Unfortunately, there is a very slim chance that the iMac 2017 will have the latest AMD Radeon RX 480 due to power constraints.

Another interesting detail said about the iMac 2017 is the rumored Touch Bar support for the Magic Keyboard. This could have stemmed from the recent patent filing from Apple about the Touch Bar technology on the said keyboard.

Finally, the iMac 2017 will also include support for Thunderbolt 3.0 as well as second generation USB 3.1.

Readers are urged to take these bits and pieces about the iMac 2017 with a grain of salt. They are, in fact, nothing but speculations and the pronouncements did not come directly from Apple. Nevertheless, consumers can expect the new iMac to reach store shelves later this year. Now that Apple has already said that it will be releasing a new one this year.

Are you excited for the iMac 2017? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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