2017 iMac 5K: What’s new and what’s missing?

“What’s new and improved about the iMac 5K?” rob-art morgan writes for Bare Feats. “Updated from the ‘Skylake’ to ‘Kaby Lake’ series, the top optional 7700K of the processor is the 4.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz). According to Geekbench Mac Benchmarks, the new top processor 5.6% faster on single-core test and 15% faster on multi-core test than the previous top iMac 5K with 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K.”

“Updated from 1867 MHz DDR3 to 2400MHz DDR4 memory in 8GB to 64GB configurations,” morgan writes. “There are four SO-DIMM slots that (remain) user accessible. So if you buy one with 8GB or 16GB config, you can always upgrade to the 32GB or 64GB config.”

morgan writes, “Overall, this is a significant upgrade of the iMac 5K and should keep most ‘speed freaks’ happy… until the iMac Pro ships in December.

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t forget one of Apple’s best new additions, the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (just $30 extra when you buy a new iMac)!


  1. Yep can’t wait for mine to arrive next week. Maxed it out except for 1Tb ssd (instead of 2Tb). And 32Gb ram (instead of 64Gb). Those 2 changes alone saved me $1500+ and those options seemed just too costly to justify

        1. The marketing idiots at Apple overprice RAM, then when everyone buys the bare minimum and loads in reasonably priced 3rd party RAM, the dolts at Apple assume that mediocre performance Macs is good enough for everyone.

          The word Pro at Apple today means jacked up price, not best in class performance.

  2. Mine arrives sometime next week also. I ordered it with the minimum RAM (8GB), and purchased a kit from OWC at almost half the price that Apple was asking for. I decided to go with the 3TB Fusion drive.

    1. From the iFixit teardown: Despite the upgradable RAM and CPU, we’re still giving this iMac a 3/10 for repairability. Here’s why: the iMac remains distinctly un-fun to open. Everything is buried under a finicky glass panel. It requires a speciality pizza-cutter-like tool to breach the adhesive before any repair. Plus the glass and Retina Display are fused together, fabulously increasing the cost of replacement. But hey, a 3/10 is triple the score of the iMac’s 2015 predecessor.

      Personally I wouldn’t be prying this thing open, nor paying someone to pry it open. How much do you save after having someone do this for you, while risking breaking your brand new machine and voiding the warranty, $500?

      1. To access the innards of iMac requires the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, the coolness of a test pilot, and the money to purchase the necessary equipment. This excludes the vast majority of casual users. Again, Apple promises much and delivers little.

  3. Why get a wired keyboard that will outlast your computer when you can spen over twice as much for a “magic” keyboard with no user replaceable batteries that can be replaced every 2 or 3 years?
    Apple has really bought in to planned obsolescence and should remember how that worked out in the auto industry.

    1. Though the design is nice. I prefer wired keyboards myself. I don’t think I’ve ever needed to use the keyboard far enough away from my computer to make wireless ‘useful’ to me.

        1. Have you confirmed this? Many people have asked this question on the Apple support pages and nobody at Apple has bothered to answer. You’d think this would be explained up front.

        2. Are you sure Apples wireless keyboard can work without Bluetooth turned on? Seems stupid to spend over $100 for a keyboard with batteries and Bluetooth when a wired connection is faster, more stable, etc.

      1. The one thing I don’t like about the Apple wired keyboard is the potential for static discharge when you first touch it, if you don’t remember to touch another grounded object first (for me, a metal file cabinet). I confess that I have forgotten more than once and felt the static discharge. This high voltage charge can travel up the wire into the computer. From what I have been told by computer techs, you may not see a problem right away (maybe never), but it can create a tiny hole in a RAM module, for example, that deepens over time. The long-term result can be various kinds of wacky, hard-to-diagnose problems. I am glad to see a wireless keyboard with numeric keypad available from Apple. The price seems high (along with the Magic TrackPad). If I were ordering a new iMac, I would likely spring for the difference, but I won’t be going out to replace my current wired version or Apple trackpad any time soon (even though the new trackpad gives you – I can’t remember what they call it – 3D or force touch).

    1. I thought for sure that Apple would begin offer a touchbar kb option for ALL Macs at this point. If you want developers on board, you need as many Macs as possible on board.

      Opportunity for 3rd parties like Logitech?

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