So when's the next likely timing for updates?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jackoatmon, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    No magic sekrit iMacs came out today.

    What's the usual timing of these things? I assume next year since if it was this year they would have done it today?

    I'm not usually a follower of mac events (buy a new iMac every 5 years or so, starting to look to replace my top-specced late 2011 27") so I'm unfamiliar with their usual timings.
  2. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    In reality, no one knows. But perhaps as early as spring when Kaby Lake is available, perhaps not until next October. Likely somewhere in between.
  3. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    It is normally this time of the year. I don't see anything coming down for a while unless they do a silent minor update some time soon.
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    I think Kaby lake is pretty much a drop in replacement chip for them. So if they keep the same form factor, a refresh is easy. However, if they want to make them more in line with the reduced bezel Macbooks and the bezel-less iPhone 8, we might get a redesign.
  5. ryanflucas macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    I was ready to replace my mid 2011 model with a MacBook Pro + 24" display. After today's showing I'm going back to the idea of replacing my iMac with another iMac.

    What are the chances they kill the SDXC slot on the next iMac? I use mine all the time, although mine is on the side of my display, not on the back of it. How about dumping all ports including audio out and ethernet + adding all Thunderbolt 3 ports? It's making me consider buying a current iMac vs waiting until next year. I have a feeling Apple might want unified port structure on all their computers meaning USB 3.0 is gone.
  6. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    Years ago I figured out the economics on hot dog laptops. For the price of one hot dog do everything laptop, I can have a desktop that seriously smokes it and a pretty nice laptop that works great for travel and more casual use.

    Unless you need the top of the line laptop power for traveling work, it make more sense to have a desktop and more modest laptop for the same money.
  7. ndolebay macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2014

    I heard that kaby lake for desktop won't ready until mid 2017, so
  8. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Right now it makes sense to go all TB3 on the MBP because it lets them go a bit thinner than they would otherwise. They don't get to make the same trade on an iMac. My bet is that they will replace the TB and USB ports with TB3/USB-C ports, but leave the other ports intact. Audio out isn't going anywhere on the iMac if the MBP still has it.

    That said, two comments:
    1) The SDXC slot on the back is annoying to use. Especially if my desk is in standing mode.
    2) I don't blame you for considering the current model (I'm doing the same). There is some good in not having to deal with the transition to USB-C that Apple seems to be in the middle of.
  9. Xeyad macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    I can see them doing a minor update in March...
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think it will be a major update, since Kaby Lake will be out, and they can also leverage the GPUs - prime time to roll a new design out imo.
  11. Xeyad macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    I hope you're right, however, I kind of gave up on Apple releasing anything radical. There simply isn't that much money in the Mac business, and it's clear they're not putting much resources into it. So therefore I'd be happy with the current gen 5K iMac with a Kaby Lake CPU and some new GPU options...
  12. hifoo45 macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2010
    In the exact same boat... Mid-2011 too. Macbook pro announcement was disappointing. I'd probably go macbook pro if they didn't jump in to the future a few years and include only USB-C Ports. I really don't want to buy a ~$200 dock/hub so I can connect all my devices and monitor. I hope that the iMac refresh does include some USB 3 ports and an SD slot.
  13. BlueTide macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    Silicon Valley, CA
    This does not look too good at the moment for me who has a few MacBook Pros that would need new external displays and thus a new updated machine:

    - New MacBook Pros don't get 32gb Ram. Game over. And that LG display? What an eye sore.
    - Mac Pro... Ha ha. Even when new, it was too costly for the benefits it offered me and now it is just pointless.
    - New iMac? Oh, I am so waiting for an update but really, don't, just don't cock this one up too Apple.

    Sad thing is I am not sure what is a good alternative.
  14. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    I guess now it's looking like the spring iPad event or WWDC. Maybe the spring event since the iPad and iMac are totally different types of hardware and WWDC is a Siri Speaker/4K Apple TV/MacBook 12" update.
    But I don't know. I never seem to get these predictions right.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Major and radical are two different things, I expect iMac to be major but not radical :)
  16. Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
    Q2 '17 or late Q3 '17.

    Q1 January

    Me too.
  17. Firebrand macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2016

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