There's a possibility that Apple might use AMD's latest RYZEN chips for the iMac 2017 instead of Intel's i7 chips. As to when the new iMacs will be released is anyone's guess as there are rumors it might come out in March, while other say it will be in June.
According to a report from Architosh, AMD's new RYZEN 7 1800x hasn't only set a new record in a CPU performance benchmark, but it has also surpassed the Intel i7 when it comes to performance per watt. AMD's new chips also coincide with Apple's shift to focus more on the economy of energy consumption than maximum performance.
The report said that AMD's RYZEN 7 is "extremely Apple-esque," as the chips are able to deliver great performance at a much smaller wattage. The RYZEN 7 1800x and the 1700x have thermal design points of 95W, compared to 140W for Intel's i7.
But the real advantage that AMD's new RYZEN chips bring is its cost. At just $499, the AMD RYZEN 7 1800x performs better at just half the cost of the Intel i7, which is priced at $1,089. Macworld reports that if Apple were to use AMD's chips for its iMac 2017, it would likely be on certain iMac models.
The report said that the AMD RYZEN chips will likely be used on the cheaper iMac models. But it's not only AMD's processors that Apple will be using as AMD's Polaris graphics set will also be used for the iMac 2017.
As to when the iMac 2017 will be released is still anyone's guest. Macworld said that it's possible for the new models to be announced this March. But without any formal announcement from Apple, it won't likely happen.
The other possible date would be during the WWDC 2017 on June 5 to 9. But they are saying that it's still possible people will have to wait longer than that. Check out more rumors about the Apple iMac 2017 in the video below.