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iMac 2017 Latest News & Updates: AMD GPUs Not Enough To Welcome Virtual Reality Integration

Mar 03, 2017 07:42 AM EST

Aside from the iPad Pro 2, the iMac 2017 is another Apple solution that most are eagerly waiting on. Right now, the Cupertino company has been silent on what to expect with the revelation likely saved for a special event. One traditional occasion coming up is the Apple Spring Event happening in April. Take note however that there is no assurance that it will be among the potential new devices up for revelation.

Regardless, anticipation is high on what the iMac 2017 will have to offer. Unconfirmed mediums claim that the next iMac model may include specs such as an Intel Core i7-7700 Kaby Lake chip clocked at 4.2 GHz and an AMD Polaris 10 chip, Mobipicker reported. While the turn to the Intel Kaby Lake SoCs is that could give Apple loyalists a big sigh of relief, it is the new AMD GPU chips which are equally interesting. And a lot of that has to do with the current rave on virtual reality.

With VR technology getting its fair share of attention at the Mobile World Congress 2017, the bump in graphics has suggested the possible integration of VR technology on the iMac 2017. While all that make sense, it seems that the integration may not be happening for now. Despite the sufficient specs, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell explains that support for the iMac 2017 is not included in their roadmap for at least the next six months, Tech Crunch reported.

The reason behind this may be due to past issues involving VR integration. The Oculus Rift experimented on the Mac before but the connection just didn’t pan out. Compatibility issues are seen as the problem, the same thing encountered by the HTC Vive VR headsets. Right now, only PCs are compatible with the HTC Vive as mentioned via its official website.

Virtual Reality is gaining steam both for commercial and gaming use. Right now, Apple may need to collaborate to understand why compatibility issues exist. Until then, virtual reality enthusiasts will have to make do with PCs.

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