iMac Redesign Next Year

Discussion in 'iMac' started by M3Jedi77, Jun 9, 2017.


Which iMac are you going to purchase?

  1. Best to wait until 2018 (non-PRO) iMac redesign

  2. Don't want to risk it, wasting my money on a 2017 now.

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  1. M3Jedi77 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have a 2014 iMac with a 2TB SSD but ordered a 2017 when they were announced. I just came to my senses and cancelled that order because its obvious Apple will redesign the iMac in summer 2018 making the iMac Pro internals (aside from the CPU options of course) the standard.

    What I'm trying to say is this 2017 iMac is a holdover for a better redesign next year with more ports, better ventilation, better speakers, HDR screens, etc.

    Definitely worth waiting another year for that.
  2. ed. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    then you might want to wait the second or third iteration of *that* redesign, as new designs tend to have a few kinks to be sorted out before they become solid hardware wise. I thought the same thing and considered waiting, but then I too came to my senses and decided that a seasoned design will be more reliable than the fancy levitating-screen, invisible keyboard, mind-reading 2018 iMac.
  3. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    I am not sure its the iMac that gets a new design. I think its still the Mac Pro that changes in 2018. Really, what needs to change in the current iMac other than at most shrinking some bezel space?
  4. M3Jedi77 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Yes there is a Mac Pro coming next year, but there will also be new iMacs & MacBooks.

    Next years iMac will borrow the ideas from this years iMac Pro, + an even better display.
  5. Alx9876 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    The regular iMac might get "Space Grey" as well. I would love to have that color option plus redesign.
  6. jcuecker macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2015
    Not so sure there will be a redesign in 2018 just because the iMac pro won't be out till December. If the regular iMac gets a redesign in the spring I have a feeling those iMac pro buyers won't be too happy. I think one more year of internal updates and then in December 2018 or early 2019 the New iMac Pro will get a physical redesign with the reg iMac following a few months later.
  7. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I had been waiting for an iMac redesign for years. I have the Late 2013 model and figured there's no way they'd release a 5K version in the same body in 2014. They did. In 2015, I figured they'd surely update it. Nope. 2016 comes and goes. Nothing. Adding Thunderbolt 3 ports? That'll require a redesign too right? No.

    So, I wanted a 5K iMac so bad, I ordered myself a new 2017 with a 512GB SSD and am not looking back. Getting that 5K display, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the new Numeric Keypad Magic Keyboard will make it a big upgrade for me. After seeing the iMac Pro in the same design, it made me think this will be the design for awhile longer because it would be odd for them to redesign the consumer model a handful of months after the Pro ships in December with the current design, space gray or not.

    Point being, if you keep waiting, you may wind up losing 3+ years of what would have been enjoyment. If a new design does come out in the near future, the 2017 model with Thunderbolt 3 will have high resale value and if you want the newest one bad enough you'll find a way to get it.
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  8. triple-tap macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2013
    To be honest, I just want them to keep moving in the direction of replaceable components (ram, cpu with current sockets,etc) and create better access ot them.
  9. hurtmemore macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2017
    Just ordered a 2017, love the current design. This was a solid update, cpu, gpu, ram, usb-c. Very happy with it.

    Only thing I'd really want to see in a redesign is better thermals/cooling. Or a matte display option.

    Might look cooler, might not, might have target display, might not, but I've waited a long, long time already. Most of us here have been. More important I get something now than wait another year or 18 months. No regrets, gotta pull the trigger at some point.
  10. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    It's certainly subtle, but adding Thunderbolt 3 ports and a new Magic Keyboard option is somewhat of a new design, ha. Again, the iMac Pro was a perfect opportunity for them to show off a new iMac body design and they didn't do it. So, makes me think they are happy enough with it's current form for a couple more years at least. If you think about it, it is still way ahead of it's time vs the competition - 5K display, 5mm edges, etc. Can't wait for mine to arrive.
  11. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    The cooling mechanism for one. No point cramming in high end graphics cards inside if they are just going to throttle due to overheating.
  12. nyc2pdx macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2012
    Portland, Oregon
    I decided last year that I wanted: 4gb of VRAM, 5K, 3tb FHDD and i7 processor in a 27" iMac for me to upgrade from my late 2012 iMac. I've been watching the refurb site, but didn't see what I wanted. Lucky I didn't as on Monday with the announcement, I got more than I wanted with 8gb VRAM and everything else I wanted. So, I pulled the trigger and got in excess of the specs I wanted. The 2015 iMac topped at 4gb VRAM, so I am pretty happy with this update.

    They might redesign it next year, or they might not. Maybe it will be the same form in space grey or rose gold or something. The insides are what is important to me, and I am happy with what I got. I won't regret my decision, and hope I get another 5 years out of my new iMac...I should!
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    This poll is ridiculous.
    There's no indication that there will be any "re-design" in 2018.
    Even the "iMac Pro" looks to be essentially the same.

    We -might- see a space gray color option on 2018 iMacs, as it's proving to be a popular choice with MacBooks.
    Other than that, how much is really worth changing? The iMac design works well as it is now.
    What would one change, strictly for the sake of change?
  14. 2Sticky macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2005
    I was in the same boat, waiting years for a new model to be released, there were rumours of anew iMac around October time so this new release caught me and most others by surprise. I was hoping for a redesign however with the Mac Pro looking the same in design terms I went for the iMac.

    Will there be a redesign in 2018? Who knows, however if there were going to be changes I wouldn't have expected the Mac Pro to be mentioned and marketed with the same design, I would have thought this would have been the newer iMac design... but we shall see.

    Just order it now and enjoy.
  15. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Well it's obvious Apple is using the space gray color as part of the exclusiveness of the iMac Pro. That machine doesn't ship until December and it would seem clear they'll let that be part of it's appeal for much of 2018 if not longer. The challenge with doing colors on the iMac is peripherals and having to offer Magic accessories as standalone purchases in all kinds of colors. Given the size of the desktop Mac market, it's probably not worth their time and why they'll only live with doing it for the Pro model. They already confirmed the space gray accessories won't be sold separately.
  16. havenyoung macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2013
    This is looking more and more like a "waiting for the 2018 iMac" mega thread.
  17. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Yet the iMac "Pro" proves no easily visible design change is required, hence why would they put the iMac in a whole new chassis when the iMac Pro effectively uses the same. If anything that would make it look old immediately.
  18. fokmik macrumors 68030

    Oct 28, 2016
    we dont know or we didnt hear any rumours about a redesign imac for 2018
  19. Wayne H macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2017
    On can safely assume there will indeed be a new redesigned imac, alot of clues are already held within the new iMac Pro model, (that reddit foxxcon guy was indeed telling the truth)

    Here's what i think is likely

    •Redigned iMac space grey/Gold same dimensions, cosmetic make-over nothing drastic

    •New touchbar/ID Keyboard

    •1080p facetime camera (already on imac pro)

    •New Speaker system (already on imac pro)

    •SDXC UHS II (already on imac Pro)

    •Native display port over USB type C and other quirks (already on imac pro)

    •Four Microphones (already on imac pro)

    •Vega GPU 600 series or whatever

    •Coffee Lake or Cannon Lake

    •Maybe HDR for display

    That'll probably be about it, even though apple did a solid upgrade for the imac 2017 spec wise, having just dropped £3,000 i still feel a little short changed KNOWING that a proper redesign is coming next year, (Imac's 20th birthday) cant help but think, these imacs are 6 months late due to intel and AMD chips not being ready for 2016. Imac pro design wise is where apple is headed and is everthing this imac update should have been (in terms of colour option, speaker upgrade and card slot etc).

    Does a 1080p facetime cam, better speakers, faster sd card slot and cosmetic change mean that much to me, Probably NOT,

    But i will be pissed if this mythical Touchbar keyboard gets released and is only compatible with the 2018 imacs due to apple having to install some kind of onboard chip inside the imac to decode encryption etc.

    Bottom line, if you can hold off another year becuase your imac is working fast enough then wait, if you need a new imac now, pull the trigger.

    Just my two cents. Have a nice weekend ya'll.
  20. cptn.nemo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2016
    Ok so again everyone is just speculating, I've waited over a year for an iMac redesign and I'm kind of glad I did just because I didn't NEED one at the time but I'm not waiting another year. I'll just sell it and buy a new one if it's that much better and realistically, anything you do is going to be crazy smooth on today's iMac. You could wait forever if you wanted to, nobody really KNOWS what Apple will do next year anyway
  21. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I'm with you. The Mac update/redesign schedule has been very difficult to predict the last few years with all the other products Apple sells now. Waiting on a newly designed iMac made a lot of sense in 2015-2016, because it felt like something Apple typically does every 3-4 years. At this point, Thunderbolt 3 being added is enough for me to take the plunge, and as you said, if a new space gray or gold redesign happens in 2018 or 2019, I'll sell my 2017 online and get the new one if it's that irresistible.
  22. auwkeung macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Why are u so sure there will be a redesign next year?

    I think this design will have at least a couple more years in it, the iMac Pro is essentially the same design and won't be out until December
  23. jouster macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2002
    Couldn't you make the same argument about previous generations? It's worth remembering that this is a company that often values thinness above functionality.
  24. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The changes Wayne postulated in post #19 above aren't really a "redesign" of the physical case of the iMac as some here are wont to proclaim.

    Rather, they are what they are -- that is, internal upgrades that are to be expected as a product evolves.

    There really isn't much to change on the "outside" of the iMac (although the space gray finish would be nice).
    Everything that it is now, is smartly designed and up-to-date.

    Well… what I'd really like to see them add is a trap door on the back to access the blade SSD for replacement if necessary, without having to disassemble the whole case.
  25. sundayx macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2007
    Hong Kong
    The 2nd iMac Pro will probably have that redesign, whenever that will be. My guess is that the new modular Mac Pro will come H2 2018, then an updated, redesign of the iMac Pro will come H1 2019 and the standard iMac will have the new design as well.

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