It looks like the Core i9 will be coming to the mainstream desktop line in the form of the anticipated 8-core part. This is from a naming leak that shows an i9 9900K alongside the Core i3, i5, and i7 chips. Still expected in September, along with the rest of the 9th gen desktop lineup. No news on the clock speed which was around 3.2GHz in the last leak but could be a bit higher for the final release. Do you think we’ll see this in the 2018 iMac? As i’ve said before, I do, but I can understand that the immediate reaction for many might be ‘of course not’ due to the iMac Pro. However it’s important to note that it will be in the same line/using the same chipset as the i3, i5, and i7. Also remember that the Mac Pro also started with a 4-core configuration until last year, since there are other benefits that come with the Xeon line. And cooling won’t be an issue. For those who don’t know, the desktop i9 was previously an extreme edition (X-series) only, rather than a mainstream processor and therefore used a different chipset. I doubt Apple won’t offer an i9 model, at least on the 27” (depending on the price), perhaps moving i7s down to the pre-built configurations, but if that is the case then this means it could be swapped out for an 8-core i9 for those willing to take it apart. UPDATE 1: A supposed leak shows both the i7 and i9 as 8 core processors, with the i9 having hyper-threading, unlike the i7. Originally the 8-core part was rumored to be an i7, and given the competition from AMD, this wouldn’t be a total surprise if true. The final clock speeds for both are listed as 3.6GHz, which is in line with what we have previously seen and isn’t too much lower than the 8th gen i7. Turbo for the i7 is 4.9GHz and the i9 is 5GHz. I guess this would invalidate those arguments from people saying that Apple won’t include the i9 due to the core count and positioning, despite it’s inclusion in the MBP. UPDATE 2: Later than originally expected, but they’ve now been announced: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-9th-generation-coffee-lake-refresh,37898.html I guess that’ll come as a surprise to those who haven’t followed the leaks and probably spark the iMac Pro debate again, I wonder what the poll will now say. In even more good news, AMD are expected to announce their RX 600-series cards this weekend, paving the way for the use of Radeon Pro 6xx cards in the new iMac.