We know Apple is working on pro-level iMacs slated for release this year and one source has already described some of the features allegedly found on higher-end models, including faster Intel Xeon chips, ECC RAM and more. Citing sources from supply chain makers, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes said Tuesday that Apple is testing a new server-grade iMac model aimed at high-end users that will take on Microsoft’s recently released Surface Studio.

The new “server-grade” iMac model is expected to feature Intel’s unreleased Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, with 16 gigabytes of ECC RAM expandable to 64 gigabytes, up to 2TB NVM Express PCI-e flash storage and “a latest discrete graphics card.” This is presumably going to be Apple’s flagship iMac, but it’s unlikely to become available in the market “until the end of 2017.”

Here’s Microsoft’s promotional video for the Surface Studio all-in-one.

The two new iMacs are expected to be manufactured by Quanta Computer, which is expected to remain the largest all-in-one PC maker in 2017. All models are expected to ship with USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

As you know, Apple currently has 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models available in the market. The report positions the next-generation iMacs as the upgrades of the existing two models. This might imply that the new iMac lineup could include models with a 21.5-inch 4K screen and a 27-inch screen with 5K Retina display.

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For the sake of completeness, the Pike’s Universum blog said that Apple is also working on a standalone keyboard with a Touch Bar and Touch ID and an 8K external display which will be “much more like a PC with the next generation EFI BIOS.”

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Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMacs in May 2017 for an official launch in the second half of the year. The all-in-ones should hit store shelves in the third quarter to catch up with the holiday season.

Source: DigiTimes

  • Alex Wilson

    Perhaps Apple got tired of having their ass handed to them by the competition and Tim Cook got some fire in his belly to Make Apple Great Again. Time will tell if they have new ideas or their previous “courage” and just replacing headphone jacks.

    • Srv Rungta

      Tim Cook really needs to step up his game. He knows he is no visionary like Steve, so he should listen to people in Apple who are!

      Innovation really has taken a back seat in today’s Apple.

      • Chopper Ward

        He’s too busy being an activist in social issues than he his being the CEO of an innovative company

      • makeittalk

        Here’s the problem. Who are the visionaries at Apple now? Phil? Craig? Jony? Anyone?

      • Alex Wilson

        Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?

    • CAIO MARIOZ

      Stupid comment

  • M_Hawke

    Wow, what a day in which we live! _Apple_ targeting _Microsoft_???!!!! Microsoft _hardware_???!!!! Kudos to Microsoft. Sad day for Apple.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Maybe Apple finally came to the realisation that a one-device-fits-all philosophy doesn’t work, and iPads will never replace desktop computers. I myself find the idea of someone solely relying on an iPad to do professional work and having dongles and a million and one hacks/workarounds to do a simple task utterly laughable. I’ll never prefer my iPhone to my Mac, never. The Mac or the desktop computer at Apple (and beyond) is here to stay, it is what made Apple exist, it is what made it relevant again after Jobs’s return to Apple in the late 90s, not a mobile device. I agree, people have different needs, and if an iPad is enough for certain people, that’s fine too, but don’t force the iPad-can-replace-your-computer-so-we’re-just-going-to-dumb-the-Mac-down-to-barebones-till-you-get-an-iPad pill down our throats. There are professionals (who are what made Apple Apple and who are great influencers) who have either jumped ship over to another OS or are considering it because Apple’s lust for dumbing things down, superfluous gimmicks are just annoying them (myself included). Let the Mac be the Mac and the iOS device be the iOS device. Long live the Mac.