Apple officially announced new iMac desktop computers in March 2019. The new iMac 2019 retains the same design that Apple has used on its predecessors while offering a refresh under the hood.
This article was recently updated on April 1st, 2019: Apple iMac 2019: Everything you need to know about Apple’s all-in-one computer
iMac is an all-in-one desktop computer that has been on the market for years. iMac has been one of Apple’s main focuses since day one, so it receives major upgrades every year with new hardware and a slew of new features. At 2018 October event, Apple was expected to announce a big upgrade to its iMac, but it was nowhere to be found. It instead launched a slate of new products including new iPad Pro, a refreshed MacBook Air, and Mac mini.
Sources say that Apple will upgrade both its iMac and iMac Pro in 2019. According to recent reports, Apple will hold an event in March where it would announce two new iMac models and a cheaper iPad. Back in March, Apple unveiled a new 9.7 inch iPad to replace the Air 2 lineup. The new iPad features a slew of improvements and targets mainly students.
In reality, rumors regarding the next iMacs have been out there for months, hinting at the impressive features coming to the next machine. With that in mind, we have rounded up everything we know so far about the 2019 iMac. For some background, the current iMac models use 7th Gen Core processors, which are outdated. In reality, Intel has been shipping its 8th gen processors, so iMac needs an upgrade.
iMac release date
It’s been over a year since iMac received a major update. At WWDC 2017 event, the iMac lineup got a refresh with the latest Intel 7th generation i5 processor, 4K display, and 8GB of RAM. The adoption of the new chip delivered a much-improved performance at launch and better multitasking. With 2017 iMac, Apple continues to use AMD graphics processors that can handle every task you throw at it.
However, the 2017 iMac is lagging behind its rivals and Apple MacBook lineup, which is why it needs an upgrade. In reality, there is no word on the 2019 iMac release date, but we are expecting to see a new iMac at WWDC 2019. This seems plausible as it will mark two years since Apple last updated it. Reports claim that the new iMac will make its debut at Apple’s September event. In reality, the September event belongs to new iPhones, but we can expect to see more at the event next year. Besides, there will be a new iMac Pro with significant upgrades at the event.
When it comes to pricing, the iMac models are never cheap out there. The 2017 iMac started at $1,099 upon release, making it one of the most expensive Mac models on the market. For that price, you will get a 21.5-inch iMac with a Full HD and Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics. Sources say that Apple will keep the price the same next year. However, the new iMac Pro models will see slightly higher prices compared to two years ago.
Apple Mac lineup has not seen a major redesign in recent years. Sources claim that Apple has been working on a new design for its future iMac models. Reports say that the next iMacs will feature smaller bezels and a glass-back design. This means that Apple will move away from its traditional aluminum design which is now 10 years old.
In reality, Apple officially removed its aluminum body from its iPhone lineup in favor of glass design. Apple’s move has been met with a wide welcome as the aluminum look is now old-fashioned. Tech experts say that the 2019 iMacs will take some design hints from the current iPhone models, meaning that they will be thinner and lighter than its predecessors. Some reports claim that all new iMacs will feature SSD instead of HDD, which offers faster loading speed and file transfer. Besides, Apple will add the option to expand storage to the series. To do this, Apple will ditch Fusion Drive on its future iMac models. This seems to be a wise move as it allows users to store more videos, photos, and documents.
When it comes to iMac screen, Apple is now selling iMacs with 5K displays on the market. Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst who is best known for his forecasts when it comes to Apple devices, says that 2019 iMacs will come with a new screen technology with True Tone and higher pixel density. True Tone was first debuted on the iPad and received a wide welcome among the community. Basically, it automatically adjusts the colors of the display to match with the environment. Besides, Apple will add an exclusive dark mode to the new iMac that makes your nighttime reading much easier.
The new iMac is expected to come with what’s best of hardware. Specifically, the 2019 iMac will be powered by Intel’s Coffee Lake processor under the hood. The adoption of the new chip allows for better overall performance ranging from video editing to handling heavy-intense tasks.
When it comes to the Mac Pro, the new model will be fueled by Intel Core I9 upon release, offering a significant system boost. Besides, it will also use new GPUs from AMD. In reality, Apple has its tradition of using AMD graphics on its Mac lineup instead of NVidia. Sources say that Apple is planning to switch to NVidia on future iMac models. However, Apple has a lot of work to do to make that happen.
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