Apple iMac 2018 Could Be Launched Next Month, Here's What To Expect
Last May 6, 1998, Steve Jobs first introduced the world to iMac and then later released it on August 15 the same year. With this, we can say for sure that the iMac lineup 20 years old. However, where is the iMac 2018?
So When Is It Coming?
Last June of 2017 during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple updated its iMac lineup, specifically for the 4K 21.5-inch and 5K 27-inch models. The company also announced the iMac Pro which was later launched in December.
But now that June has long passed and it’s been days already since August 15, when can we expect the device? Well, according to a report, the fan will have to wait until September or October.
However, there’s also another suggestion. Perhaps Apple could make a surprise release just like what it did with the MacBook Pro 2018. It was expected to make an appearance on this year’s WWDC, but failed to do so and instead made an unexpected release a month after.
How Much Will It Cost?
For its price tags, we don’t have any official announcements yet so we can only base it on the prices of the current models. The 21.5-inch version costs £1,049 (entry-level), £1,249 (mid-level) and £1,449 (top-level). Meanwhile, the 27-inch version will cost £1,749, £1,949 and £2,249. With this, we’re expecting that the upcoming versions will stick close to these price ranges.
Given that the iMac has been sporting the same design since 2012, fans are hoping that it will have a major redesign for its 20th anniversary. One expectation is that it could be slimmed down. Another is that perhaps the chin could be reduced.
According to reports, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that this year’s iMacs will come with “significant display-performance upgrades”. Although he did not specify what, rumors suggest that it could be the True Tone technology found on the iPad Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro.
Again with Kuo, aside from the display enhancements, he also predicted that this year’s models will be packed with powerful processors. Presumably, it will be the latest eight-generation Core processors from Intel.
Speaking of processors, Apple could also integrate its own processors. According to a report last April of 2018, the Cupertino-based company has plans to use its own chips on Macs, which they codenamed as “Kalamata”. However, this plan is scheduled to begin in early 2020.
For its graphics cards, it’s speculated that the iMacs 2018 could be powered with the AMD Vega. In fact, if it will be based for gaming purposes, then the Vega RX GPU could be an ideal candidate. There’s also the possibility that it could also come with Nvidia graphics cards.
Taking Inspiration From The MacBook and iPhone
Putting aside the price tag and some issues, overall, the MacBooks and iPhones are impressive gadgets. Which is why it comes to no surprise there are some features that fans would like to see taken from the said devices and incorporated on the iMac 2018.
From the MacBooks, that would the Touch Bar. Meanwhile, for the iPhone, that would be the Face ID technology.
Are you excited about the iMac 2018? If it gets released this year, will you be buying it? If yes, which version will you be buying? Do tell us in the comment section below.