How much will the 2017 iMac cost?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Canadia69, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Canadia69 macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2016
    so I'm starting to put some money away to buy a new iMac and I was wondering how much I should expect the price to be...I remember when I first bought my redesigned 21.5 inch iMac in 2012, it cost bellow 1500$ (Don't remember exact price)...but after seeing the prices on the new MacBook pros, I'm starting to think there will be a price increase...

    I want a 27inch and right now, the cheapest 27inch with 5k display costs 1,799 (US)....Do you think the new 2017 ones will have the same price or will they be more expensive (like the mb pros)?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "How much will the 2017 iMac cost?"

  3. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    How much ya got?
  4. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2010
    Given what we are seeing happening to the mac lineup already, the better question is, will there be a 2017 iMac?
  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    I'm on my fourth iMac....I don't recall the exact prices I paid but my impression is that the prices didn't change all that much from new model release to the next new model release.

    I'd say find the price of the current model you'd buy and add a small cushion of a hundred or two.

    The problem is that Apple will probably add some new features to a more expensive model and you'll decide it's really what you want!
  6. BeechFlyer macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2015
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Contrary to popular belief, computers don't get cheaper over time. The market generates Dollar amounts that people are willing to pay for computers of different kinds and classes, and that is how much they cost.

    In the case of Apple, the market seems to be telling them that people are willing to spend more money on a computer today than a couple of years ago. Thus the pricing of the new MacBook Pro models.
  7. richinaus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2014
    I would disagree with this as the effect of exchange rates has a massive effect on price comparison. I would suggest that they are definitely cheaper though as the prices have stayed similar overall to 10 - 15 years ago but wages have increased.

    For me, all Apple products are now twice as affordable than they were 12 years ago, but in $$ amount they are the same.
  8. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    The MB Pros added the Touch Bar which is probably expensive. So I would expect the iMac to stay close in price, especially as they have lowered the price of SSD upgrades. But it will really depend on what Apple pays for the new Intel CPUs and chipsets and AMD GPUs. If they're appreciably pricier than what they're paying now, then we will see an increase.
  9. Canadia69 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2016
    Don't you think they may add a touch bar to an iMac???
  10. richinaus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2014
    On the wired [currently out of date] keyboard maybe.
    Definitely not on the chassis of the computer. If they did this, i would be really amazed.

    I must say I would probably get the wired keyboard if it got updated as I need to use the number pad and the current magic keyboard is slightly annoying. Love it otherwise!

    It would be super useful to have a wired USB C keyboard with additional ports to the side, thinking about it. I used to use those a lot........
  11. kgian macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    About one and a half kidneys.
  12. M3Jedi77 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    The 27" iMac will start at $1800-$1900 for base and go up to $5000 for the ultra-emoji option.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I would count on a higher price, and if that isn't the case you have extra money saved, if it is the case, then you're all set if you prepared for the higher cost.
  14. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    Plan to spend $2500 to $3500 if you check the options you want/need on the BTO screen.
  15. Canadia69 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2016
    Hmm...I didn't think that having a touch bar on a Bluetooth (or new type of wireless technology) keyboard would be so hard but I think your right would make more sense on a wired one
  16. Koudspeel macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    I don't see the touchbar happening on the new iMac.

    1. The touchbar most likely won't be placed on the chin of the iMac, because of obvious reasons
    2. The touchbar can't be placed on the keyboard because of multiple reasons:
    • the touchbar draws too much power for a single usb port. A single usb 2.0 port can only output 500 and usb 3.0 900mA.
    • the touchbar includes touchID on the MBP. How will touchID be incorporated on an external keyboard via USB? How secure will this be? Won't be an easy task I reckon.
  17. c0ppo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2013
    With, or without screen? With or without power supply? Do you use USB-A, ethernet, sd card, keyboard, mouse/trackpad?

    It all depends on how many dongles you will need.
  18. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    I didn't know that they were gonna make imac 2017.
  19. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    It's possible but not that likely, outside of exchange rate adjustments. They actually dropped the 5K imac price after the first generation. I suspect the macbook pro will drop off again too. While they may have been initially constrained, it won't sell terribly well at that price forever.

    Probably not. It would be a stupid feature there. The display on a desktop is positioned differently, and anything that makes you look down at that keyboard is a bad design.
  20. Dave245 macrumors 603


    Sep 15, 2013
    If there is a redesign and new technology is included, like the Touch Bar and Touch ID, i can see Apple increasing prices of the new iMac's. However if they are just slight processor and graphic updates, they will probably remain the same price points and they wont appear at any Apple event, they will probably just get a small press release.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 9, 2016 ---
    Apple likes to put a new technology on all of it's products eventually, Touch ID started on the iPhone 5S, it is now on iPad's and the new MacBook Pro's. My guess is that they will include it on the other machines and iMac's eventually, the same will probably happen with the Touch Bar (obviously it's a technology for Mac's so it wont appear on iPads and or iPhones)
  21. fokmik macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2016
    if a redesign will be made, then will cost probably 200$ more, if no redesign, than 100-200$ less
  22. juanesco, Dec 9, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016

    juanesco macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2016
    Obligatorily 2017’s basic model will include at least 512 GB SSD, and probably RAM will not be upgradeable, starting from 16GB maybe?. All that would imply an increase with respect to the IMac late 2015 of between 500-1000€, according to the configuration chosen in these two aspects.

    I don’t think it includes touchbar or touch Id, mainly for a security issue, I don’t see the implement of this technology in a peripheral keyboard. But let’s imagine that they include it, then we would have to add about 500€ more.

    So we are talking about a computer that could be 1500€ more expensive than the current one and with very similar performance.
  23. Glockworkorange macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    Assuming it has Touch ID, I would think there'd be security concerns with a bluetooth option. Battery concerns, too. I'm sure Apple could pull it off, but I bet the cost of the product would be astronomical.
  24. Dave245 macrumors 603


    Sep 15, 2013
    I do think Apple are working on it, even if it won't be ready yet. They have a tendency to put a feature in a one product, like Touch ID was in the iPhone 5S and then move it to others, like the iPad and now the new MacBook Pro's.
  25. iDemiurge macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2011
    An arm, a leg, and if you want anything faster than a 5400 rpm hard drive, your soul as well...

    j/k, but I doubt it will be cheaper, so just take current prices as a rough guide. They might be generous and make SSDs standard this time, but I also doubt that.

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