New iMacs with up to Xeon E3 processors, 64GB RAM, AMD graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 rumored for late October

“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,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors. “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…”

• Intel Xeon E3 processors
• 16GB to 64GB of ECC RAM
• Faster NVMe SSDs
• AMD graphics
• Thunderbolt 3

“The report claims the next iMac models will be unveiled in late October and be accompanied by a brand new keyboard,” Rossignol reports. “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.”

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35 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t mind a solar powered Apple keyboard. I got hold of a couple of the logitech ones for my office and they’re great. Not that you have to replace batteries that often but it’s so convenient never to have to faff around with them.

  2. Don’t count an iMac Pro (Xeon) to be similarly priced and be faster. So why bother? In short, it will last longer and be rock solid doing heavy computation. What some professionals need but it wont be ideal for everybody.

    A Xeon iMac with ECC memory will be designed for sustained work 24/7 more than for faster results (not a mistake). For a business nothing is as slow as to do things twice because the system failed. So an i7 will finish first but it does have a much higher failure rate. Also the Xeon is not terrible slow, it is just some GHz slower and wont be overclocked very high to reduce failures. Peace of mind too.

    To achieve this the thermal design on an iMac has to be significantly increased and with it possibly the internal volume of the machine. In the end the machine needs to stay cool while running at top CPU and GPU speed for all the time needed.

    The GPU needs to be 2X stronger (where is CUDA for Apple), but don’t count desktop class performance. And the iMac Pro has to be easy to service and upgrade. Please Apple make it right.

    1. Maybe Ive should try putting the CPU and GPU on the outside as a styling exercise 🙂 You will be able to make toast on the heat sink as a side benefit, getting us one half way to Tim Cooks fabled toaster/refrigerator combo

  3. EGPU configurations are bandaids on fundamentally flawed computers.

    Apple needs to stop pretending that everyone needs thin light portable devices. Some people have desktop Macs because the want an integrated upgrade able super powerful Mac under their desks, not a kludged octopus of 3rd party boxes on top of them.

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