Will there be a big change of design on the next iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ndolebay, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. ndolebay, Oct 23, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016

    ndolebay macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2014
    Front page news said: there won't be a new iMac this month.

    Sadly, have to wait at least 4 months again I guess, but I really want to buy a 27" iMac right now.

    2015 iMac is fine, only the wide bezel looks awful.

    If I buy one now and 4 months later Apple releases a big change, beautiful iMac, that will be a sad story. lol
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    If Apple does not release a refreshed iMac this month I will probably wait until the spring and see what Apple does. I am hoping that when they do refresh the iMac they introduce a 30" iMac along with a 24" iMac.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I doubt there will be much change of the "overall design" of the next-generation iMac.

    Really, there isn't much more they can -do- with the case and stand to make them any "sleeker".

    The real changes will be with the port configurations on the back and the technology inside.
    Perhaps with the display -- larger? improved display panel?

    That's pretty much as to how it should be.
    I prefer function over "styling".
    But that's just me.
  4. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    There is a little more streamlining that could happen such remove the chin. But in general I agree. Apple has in the past thrown everyone a surprise they did not expect.
  5. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    In terns of the iMac's history (2007-2009-2012) it is due for another slight redesign...but I doubt they will go all SSD, which would allow for it to get very thin.

    The chin is something Apple obviously likes, so I doubt its going anywhere, but it may get thinner (same with the bezels).

    We might expect colors like the MacBooks, but that is only guessing. It remains to be seen if Apple will create a keyboard for the iMac that also houses the OLED strip in the pros.

    This will be the first year the iMac received no upgrade, but that is due to Intel and their delays.

    Expect USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    I can see them doing what they did in 2006 when they added the 24" iMac to the lineup (white ones). No external changes but a larger screen. Maybe a 32" version.
  6. AlexGraphicD macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2015
    New York
    In the past I would welcome every new redesign that Apple planed for the iMac.
    But now I am afraid what they'll come up with and I don't trust that they will improve the current design so I'd rather prefer they don't change anything design wide instead, improve the hardware and the SSD options.
  7. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    There are things they could upgrade aside from a total redesign and Kaby Lake.
  8. Zenithal macrumors 603

    Sep 10, 2009
    If they did go all SSD as a base and made it thinner, wouldn't some component moving be involved to keep the weight evenly distributed, possibly including a base redesign or a chunkier base?
  9. Macmamamac macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2015
    New iMacs are on the way.

    The "Hello again" invite is not something they would just do without a new mac design.

    The original "Hello (again)" introduced the original bulbous, colourful, iMacs back in 1998.

    At the very least, there will be minor spec bumps and with a selling point of different colour iMacs.

    But, I can't see that. It has to be something significant, otherwise, surely, they would never have dared to waste the iconic "Hello again" phrase on the invite.

    this time next week, all would have been revealed. Expect drama.
  10. namethisfile, Oct 23, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016

    namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    Well, spec-wise, a new iMac will probably have Kaby Lake? And/or new Polaris AMD GPU's? Perhaps, Thunderbolt 3?

    Thunberbolt 3 is a great feature for power users. But, if the current performance wise is enough for you, I don't know why it wouldn't be viable.

    Another way to think about this is that when new iMacs do come out next year, and there's a redesign, your iMac will automatically take on the classic look. I mean, how much can Apple or anyone really do in a redesign to warrant one waiting for it, hoping that it will somehow look more beautiful?

    The thin bezel thing is an allusion. It's not worth waiting for it.

    Also, I know people have been hoping that Apple chips away with the iMac's chin. So, think of the current Apple Cinema Thunderbolt Display with iMac guts inside.

    But, is that worth waiting for?

    I guess, I'm one of the few that don't mind the thick bezel and the chin.

    I mean, how much beautiful can a redesign iMac be that you're like wanting to wait for it?

    Even, the new MacBook Pro's with the OLED thing and thinner prospects is a re-design that is a bonus for people who will need one or get one this Fall. But, it's not worth "Waiting" for.

    Do you know what I mean?
  11. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    As long as they keep the bezel black, I have no issue with it remaining.

    But if they do ever redesign the package, I'd like it to be THICKER. The thickness is not visible to the user, and increasing it will:
    improve cooling
    allow user access to RAM and other items
    get rid of the ridiculous glue and allow opening the computer with simple tools
    allow for an easily removable VESA mount option
    eliminate or reduce the size of the chin

    Do I expect to see any of this? - No
  12. fastlanephil, Oct 23, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016

    fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Also, "hello" was written on the screen of the original 1984 Macintosh using MacPaint which was the first Apple program for the Macintosh. Then look at the Apple logo. It's smokey colors blending with each other. What could that represent?
  13. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    We can agree to disagree on this one. The thin bezel is not an illusion to me. As an owner of a 2012 LG TV where they got really thin on bezels, I absolutely love the design, and I'm hoping Apple will finally catch up with the times.

    I don't think the chin needs to go, but like the bezels, I'd like to see it minimized. And as history has taught us, every successive generation of the iMac starting with the white flat screen iMac, the chin has gotten progressively thinner with each new redesign, so I hope Apple continues on this path.

    If aesthetics means something like it does to me and perhaps the OP, then sure it can be something worth waiting for. Depends on the user.
  14. ndolebay, Oct 23, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016

    ndolebay thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2014
    I'm not a power user, so the inside is fine.

    Dell has a 5k 27" display just like iMac without chin, beautiful, but seems "too long", so iMac's chin is ok.

    Your points about bezel are great, convinced me.

    --- Post Merged, Oct 23, 2016 ---
    If so, it's about time to buy a 27", 30" might be a little too big.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 23, 2016 ---

    It present a Halloween style invitation drew by a new app?
  15. varian55zx macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2012
    San Francisco
    Maybe mid '17 we'll see a kaby lake iMac with a redesign.

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