IMac 2017 Upgrade To 8K Resolution Could Double The Price Of The Screen

Posted: Apr 4 2017, 6:21am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

iMac 2017 Upgrade to 8K Resolution Could Double the Price of the Screen

Apple has a history of near neglect for its products outside of the iPhone and iPads that make up so much of its profits. Perhaps the most neglected of all product lines at Apple is the company's line of desktop computers. Speculation suggests that Apple would be updating the iMac for 2017 likely to include a higher resolution screen, processor upgrade, and support for more RAM.

A new rumor from DroidReport has surfaced today that suggests Intel is delaying its Cannon Lake processors, which would mean that the earliest we might see an iMac update with more RAM will be the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. Apple could launch updated iMac computers with the 8k resolution retina display and Intel Kaby Lake processor upgrades.

In a desktop machine the power savings that Kaby Lake brings is moot, unlike in the MacBook Pro line where a more power efficient processor means longer run time on battery. However, those 14nm Kaby Lake processors don't support 32GB of RAM without a new memory controller and Apple isn't expected to integrate a new memory controller.

Another iMac rumor suggests that the iMac will get a new AMD processor with it's next update. That GPU is said to be AMD Polaris-based and could be the RX500. The iMac update is also expected to bring the OLED Touch Bar feature to the iMac.

The big upgrade for the machine with 32GB of RAM seemingly out of the question for the foreseeable future will be the 8K retina display. The catch is that screen is said to cost twice as much as the 5k screen used in the current iMac. That could mean a significant price bump for any iMac upgrades that happen in early to mid 2017. The delay in Intel parts raises the opportunity for AMD to slip in with its Ryzen processors, but that is an unlikely event. The Cannon Lake processor delay likely simply means there will be no updated iMac at WWDC in June.

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