Apple to Begin Production of Two New iMacs in May

We know Apple is working on pro-level iMacs slated for release this year and one source has already described some of the features allegedly found on higher-end models, including faster Intel Xeon chips, ECC RAM and more. Citing sources from supply chain makers, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes said Tuesday that Apple is testing a new server-grade iMac model aimed at high-end users that will take on Microsoft’s recently released Surface Studio.

The two new iMacs for 2017 are expected to be manufactured by Quanta Computer. Thanks to its orders from Apple and HP, Quanta is expected to remain the largest AIO PC maker in 2017. However, Quanta declined to comment on its orders or clients.

According to the publishing, the new pro-focused iMac will include server-grade components, including an Intel Xeon E3-1285 processor, as well as ECC RAM capable of growing up to 64GB. ECC RAM protects against data corruption and has historically been used as a cornerstone of the stability required by servers and mission critical machines.

Other notable lines include the inclusion of NVMe SSD storage up to 2 TB in size and a “discrete graphics card”. Current iMacs take advantage of mobile GPUs in that regard, so gamers and users of graphics-intensive apps will be pleased to know that more powerful graphics chips are on the horizon. However, it remains unclear whether we’re looking at improved mobile GPUs or an actual desktop version.

As you know, Apple currently has 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models available in the market. The report positions the next-generation iMacs as the upgrades of the existing two models. This might imply that the new iMac lineup could include models with a 21.5-inch 4K screen and a 27-inch screen with 5K Retina display.


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