2017 iMac


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Jun 14, 2016
Waiting patiently. At this stage anyway?
Desperately need a new iMac, but am not sure Apple is committed to its desktops.
Do I wait, or buy the current model with 2 yo technology. There was speculation a new iMac was coming at WWDC 2016, didn't happen. Then we were positive it would be announced in October 2016, once again it was a no show. The rumors then suggested March 2017 for certain, guess what no desktops. Now the speculation is Spril 2017, or more than likely WWDC 2017.
I'm afraid that I don't have much faith in a new iMac being released at all.
Please tell me Apple has not become a mobile phone company?
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macrumors 68000
Oct 19, 2007
Nambucca Heads Australia
Personally I think it will be available much later than April. When the 2012 model was announced, WWDC in June and became available just before Christmas. Apple has released iMac models from 2012 with 'late' year prefix so why would it change.

I did post in another thread about iMacs, Apple is abandoning the HFS+ file system for a brand new file system known as something similar to APPFS and that, with new CPU's could be the hold up. iMac sales have been very strong and I am sure there will be a new imac later in the year. I purchased a new model late last year and it just flies with pure PCI-E Flash Storage.
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macrumors 6502
Oct 16, 2014
I think the rumors that were stirred up around a march release, was just wishful thinking from the start. There have been nothing in the beta releases of macOS, to suggest any new hardware releases. And I don't think it will be an april release either, don't know about WWDC, but it is unlikely, since WWDC is mostly focused on software. Realistically, I don't see any new iMacs until the september/october timeframe.

As Tor Eckman writes, the difference between the Skylake and Kabylake processors is very small.
I don't know about the performance of the new AMD graphics.

Other than that, the only dealbreaker would have to be USB-C.

So unless USB-C and possibly the graphics card are big deal breakers, I would consider the current generation.
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macrumors 601
Oct 28, 2016
Since the 12" Macbook and both ipad pro weren't updated either, we still have hopes for a spring event,with a imac announcement
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macrumors 6502a
Feb 28, 2012
Not to sound harsh, but if you 'desperately need' a new iMac, just buy one. Compare the improvements that you will get from a new model at some unknown point in the future with the benefits you get from an improved experience that could start tomorrow.


macrumors 68040
Dec 8, 2005
I was waiting, optimistically, for a new one, but have just ordered a 27" 5K one. Its still a great machine. The new ones might be more powerful, with USB ports, maybe even an iMac Pro, but the current machine will do everything I need and last a number of years.
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