New iMacs With Up to Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM, AMD Graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 Rumored for Late October

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, Apple made the rare move of pre-announcing that it is working on new pro-focused iMac models that will launch later this year.


    Apple did not share any specific details about what the upgrades will entail, but if the blog Pike's Universum is to be believed, the next-generation iMac lineup could feature several improvements that make Apple's desktop computer a more powerful workstation for professionals and average consumers alike.

    The blog, citing a "little bird" that is "usually pretty accurate," claims the incoming iMac lineup will be available with up to the following tech specs:eek: Intel Xeon E3 processors: The new iMac will supposedly have up to a pro-grade Intel Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor. Intel has not released that particular chip yet, but based on previous generations of the E3-1285, the processor could essentially be the E3-1280 v6 coupled with integrated Intel HD Graphics P630. Notably, Xeon processors support ECC RAM.

    o 16GB to 64GB of ECC RAM: 16GB of ECC RAM, configurable to 32GB or 64GB, in line with the current Mac Pro. iMacs currently have 8GB of non-ECC RAM, configurable to 16GB or 32GB. ECC RAM can detect and repair errors that cause data corruption and system crashes. No word if it will be DDR3L or DDR4.

    o Faster NVMe SSDs: The rumor claims the next iMacs will have faster NVM Express PCIe-based flash storage with capacities up to 2TB. The current 4K and 5K iMac models are also configurable with NVMe PCIe-based SSDs or Fusion Drives up to 2TB.

    o AMD graphics: The new iMacs will supposedly have AMD graphics options to support virtual reality and professional apps. The inclusion of AMD graphics in the next iMac has been rumored previously by Bloomberg. The current 27-inch iMac uses AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.

    o Thunderbolt 3: Thunderbolt 3 ports would be an unsurprising inclusion in the next iMacs given they already exist on the latest MacBook Pro. Thunderbolt 3 carries power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA over a single cable, creating one standard for connecting most accessories and peripherals.The report claims the next iMac models will be unveiled in late October and be accompanied by a brand new keyboard. A previous report said Apple was exploring a standalone keyboard with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, but its release allegedly depends upon how well those features have been received on the latest MacBook Pro.

    The blog also claims Apple is working on an 8K external display for Apple's "completely rethought" Mac Pro. This isn't a rumor we've heard before, but Apple did confirm it is working on a new Apple-branded pro display of an unspecified resolution. Dell recently launched a 32-inch 8K display for $5,000.

    Another tidbit mentioned in the report is that macOS 10.13 supposedly will not use a mountain or park name anymore, with two alternative names in the running, including one that starts with the letter M. Apple's trademarked names that could fit that description include Monterey and Mojave.

    Last, the report said the next high-end Mac mini "won't be so mini anymore," suggesting that the most expensive model might have a larger or taller design. Apple recently said the Mac mini is "important" within its product lineup, but it remained tight-lipped about the prospects of future updates.

    Pike's Universum is best known for spotting references to unreleased Macs or upcoming software versions hidden within Apple's operating systems. The blog does not have an established track record of reporting on Apple's plans based on its own inside sources, so this rumor should be treated with caution for now.

    Apple last updated the iMac in October 2015, a span of 541 days, per the MacRumors Buyer's Guide.

    Article Link: New iMacs With Up to Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM, AMD Graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 Rumored for Late October
  2. Jamalien macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2014
    Stop using god damn AMD graphics chips. They're ****
  3. Zarniwoop macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2009
    West coast, Finland
    So, no AMD CPU to iMac Pro. Intel must have given Apple deep discounts.

    AMD Vega with HBM2 memory would be perfect for iMac Pro.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Better late than never, some much needed changes coming to the iMac line and for the better.
  5. jjjoseph macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2013
  6. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    A Xeon iMac? I don't know why, but I find it hard to believe Apple wants to stuff a Xeon into a chassis like the iMac. Don't the upper-tier i7-equipped iMacs already struggle with thermal throttling under intense load?
  7. Benjinator macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2016
    So does this mean that this processor could use quick sync for faster h.264 encoding?
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Same here!
    My wish list comes true!!!
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Yes please, bigger should also be more powerful.
  10. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    good - I was about to get a new iMac since my 7 year old iMac is starting to have issues, ... guess I will wait until end of the year :)
  11. v1597psh macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    4 GHz i7 6700K runs just fine in the current iMac with a single fan
  12. Trusteft macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2014
    Is it just me or this feels like someone making up things based on what most people want to hear?

    I do wish I am wrong and Apple goes this way (and I have the money to buy one), but I will not expect any of them to be accurate.
  13. abluewhale macrumors newbie


    Feb 23, 2017
    well...the October timeframe works better for me anyway
  14. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Maybe they will make the new iMac Thicker...........
  15. Trusteft macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2014
    No idea, but, I assume it is not impossible any new iMac to also come with an altered design which would be better able to cope...
  16. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    My word. The iMac will not only sound like a jet-engine, it will also take off from your desk.

    Perhaps Apple can market that as a new feature?
  17. oreggero macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2016
    Xeon E3s are basically just i7s without the iGPU...
  18. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Nope, they're not. And AMD drivers are usually better on macOS than nVidia's.
  19. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Vega iMacs. I don't see why not, other than the fact it'll be put in a way-too-small chassis with trash cooling because Apple wanted a thinner desktop...
  20. MallardDuck macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2014
    Two out of four - Mac Pro, iMac. How about a revised mini and a power-user laptop?

    I have more hope than I did, but still not much. Not every power user works tethered to a desk, and Apple still hasn't acknowledged that. I fear that they will, but only with a 17" model, which is absurd. We need the 2017 equivalent of the top-end 2013 15".
  21. errin macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2007
  22. oreggero macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2016
    Xeon E3s actually use less power than i7s because there's no iGPU in them, so it should be quieter than before.
  23. hawkeye_a macrumors 65816


    Jun 27, 2016
    I never understood why anyone would want or prefer an extremely thin desktop. Its not like people carry them around all the time. The iMacG5/Core2Duo were thin enough IMHO, the latest models are just absurd. Personally, I'd rather get more powerful guts than an unnecessarily thin desktop.

    Also, seeing as how Apple's TV plans arent going any where, maybe its time for them to consider something like FrontRow2?

  24. jjjoseph macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2013
    I think AMD is fine for what it is, but lets not Kid ourselves. APPLE makes expensive top of the line products, NVIDIA and INTEL are the only components that make sense for TOP OF THE LINE hardware..

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