Apple iMac 2017 to be Launched This Month With VR Support and 5K Display

By Anne Martinez, | March 20, 2017

One of the common complaints with the current iMac is that one can't raise or lower the iMac's screen. (CC0.1.0)

One of the common complaints with the current iMac is that one can't raise or lower the iMac's screen. (CC0.1.0)

Not a lot of information is available about the upcoming Apple iMac 2017, but if the company comes up with a new one this year, it is expected to be launched along with several new devices this month or in September.

The Apple iMac is in dire need of a refresh, and the long wait may just be worth it. The last iMac model to come out was released On Oct. 13, 2015, and Apple has not given any hints about its successor. Fans are expecting to see the revamped computer before the first quarter of 2017 ends, and it could happen in March with two weeks left.

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Apple may incorporate the AMD Ryzen chipset in the upcoming iMac 2017, instead of an Intel chip. There are speculations that the new iMac 2017 will forego of the Intel Kaby Lake chipset for the AMD Ryzen to be more power efficient. However, Apple remains tight-lipped about this.

The iMac 2017 will likely take advantage of the AMD Ryzen's proven performance and power efficiency. In fact, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X has set a new world record in a benchmark test. Apple is working with the philosophy that less energy consumption is a priority over maximum performance. If not, it could have an Intel Kaby Lake i7-7700K chipset with DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1 support.

The Apple iMac 2017 could be unveiled in March, and it is speculated to come with revolutionary specs like VR support and Thunderbolt 3. Best Buy has hinted that the 27-inch iMac with 2 TB Fusion Drive and 32 GB of RAM will likely be priced at $3,199.99 USD. Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that a 5K all-in-one iMac will be launched soon. The 27-inch iMac 2017 is also being linked with the AMD Polaris 10 graphics chip.

"The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world. Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops. If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that," Cook said while answering a question on Apple's internal employee network.

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