New "iMac" with Xeon processor will launch alongside models for pro users. Reportedly, the Cupertino-based company will release server-grade iMac with Xeon CPU by Q3 of 2017.
According to 9to5google, consumer "iMac" models will be under the production process probably next month. This is intended to be released in the second semester of 2017. The said update will undoubtedly happen for the reason that the latest 5K "iMac" was launched almost two years ago. More likely, the "pro iMac" will be later launched with server-grade components.
Because of the wider discussion about the state of the "Mac Pro" and professional Mac users, Apple decided to disclose the company's plan regarding its forthcoming products. Basing on this, the tech world could expect that "iMacs" are on their way alongside models that are intended for the pro market. However, these are just the details revealed by Apple and no further information about specification and availability was said.
Mac Rumors, on the other hand, said that the server-grade "iMac" will have an Intel Xeon E3-1285 as its processor. The device will also include an ECC RAM up to 64GB. The special of ECC RAM is the ability to protect the device automatically against data corruption in the memory. Due to this, it can also increase reliability and system's overall performance.
The report also stated that Apple will support configurations with NVMe SSD storage and this will be up to 2TB. It is said to include the latest discrete graphics card as well. Currently, Apple is using a mobile version of GPU parts on "iMac." For many high-end professional Mac users, this is such a frustration. However, reports did not point out if Apple would use a true desktop card or just a modern mobile GPU, still, there is no certainty about this yet.
In addition to the recent reports, the new "iMacs" will be manufactured by Quanta computer in its usual sizes, 21.5-inch, and 27-inch. The update on consumer iMac is expected to be launched in July or August while the pro iMac might be out much later this year. On the other hand, it is said that Apple is preparing a revision on "iMac." The company might use the new AMD GPUs and USB-C ports too.