May 27, 2018 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

iMac 2017 Release Date, Latest News & Update: New Pro Models Debuting Later This Year, Consumer Models Out First

Apr 20, 2017 08:39 PM EDT

Apple is expected to release its new batch of iMac 2017 models in the coming months with production already underway. Considering the last iMac models came out way back in 2015, the refreshed machines have reportedly been catered to consumer and pro users.

The new iMac 2017 models are expected to come out by the third quarter of this year with the pro user versions looming as powerful solutions. According to Digitimes, the iMac models made for the pros will come with server-grade features. This includes iMacs with Intel Xeon E3-1285 processors and ECC RAM of up to 64 GB which is expected to safeguard against data corruption in the memory.

Other than that, the server-grade iMac 2017 will also come with support configurations with NVMe SSD storage of up to 2 TB, and a graphics card whose details remain unknown. There is no clarity on the display the new iMacs will carry. It was suggested last year that the new iMac 2017 could sport external 5K displays and aided by an integrated GPU, 9 to 5 Mac reported.

The new iMac 2017 products will most likely debut on different dates. The iMac 2017 consumer model is speculated to be coming out somewhere between July and August while the pro iMac variant could come later in the year.

With several months to go, it will be interesting if the refreshed iMacs for 2017 will be enough to jockey with Microsoft’s recently released Surface Studio. The Redmond company released the new Surface Studio AIO PCs in the fourth quarter of 2016, jumping the gun on the Cupertino company.

Aside from Microsoft, Apple will have to deal with other brands like HP and Asustek Computer, both releasing similar all-in-one PCs. Apple currently has a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch iMac available in the market, holding the fort until the new iMac 2017 models are ready to roll out.

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