iMac preview: What we expect to see in Apple’s next-gen computer

The current iMac is powerful but outdated in terms of design. So will the next-gen iMac get a revamped look?

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Apple iMac has been on the market for more than 10 years and serves as a powerful Mac computer for professionals. However, the iMac lineup has not received any real love in recent years as Apple retains the same design language we have already seen since day one.

In reality, Apple mainly focuses on hardware upgrades on its Mac family. However, the fact is that the current Mac design is lagging behind its main rivals out there. Even the recently-launched 5k iMac has only a small tweak on the bezels, with the overall shape remaining the same.

The new iMac is here, meaning that we are not going to see any other iMac this year. However, rumors about the next-generation iMac have started to heat up, giving us a glimpse of what it includes. In the section below, we have rounded up everything we want to see on the new iMac.

ProMotion

ProMotion is Apple’s new screen technology that doubles the screen refresh rate from 60 to 120 fps, allowing for smoother scrolling and greater responsiveness. However, it is now restricted to the iPad Pro series, but we are expecting a wider rollout of the technology.

Refresh rate test
Does a higher refresh rate make a difference? Yes, it does

To be honest, I’d love to see an iMac with ProMotion-enabled display. In reality, the current iMac display is great, but it sometimes lags and fails to respond, especially when I switch between multiple apps. All iMac displays are now limited to a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. That’s not a big deal for Mac users, but it’s great to see a display with refresh rates up to 144Hz.

HDR

Dynamic range (HDR) has been out there for years, and it is now available on smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the first smartphones to support HDR10 Plus on the market, but it does not make a huge difference.

In reality, HDR really shines on a bigger screen like OLED TVs, but it is still limited on a smartphone display. Netflix is the first movie-streaming service to support HDR10 technology on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus but to be honest, there is no difference yet.

However, the adoption of HDR on the next iMac will be ideal for those who want to make HDR content on YouTube and Vimeo. Personally, it’s great to see a 5K display with HDR support, but it will not be ready until 2020.

TrueDepth and Face ID

TrueDepth is one of the most intriguing features of Apple’s newer iPhones. Basically, the TrueDepth sensor is built directly into the front-facing camera of the iPhone X or later and helps to capture accurate face data, allowing for better Face ID authentication and Animoji feature.

I believe that Apple will bring TrueDepth technology to its iMac lineup. And, Apple might use the same module you find on the current iPhones. However, there could be some tweaks to make it compatible with iMac hardware.

TrueDepth camera
The TrueDepth camera really can make a huge difference on iMac

The adoption of TrueDepth significantly improves the FaceTime quality on the current iMac. To be honest, Apple has been improving the webcam on its iMac for years, but it is still the same technology we have already seen for years. Plus, the next iMac could feature Face ID, allowing users to quickly unlock their computers with a simple glance.

Face ID was once exclusive to the iPhone X, taking advantage of the TrueDepth camera to map your expressions and faces. Sources say that Face ID is on its way to iMac in 2020, and it will behave the same as it currently does on iPhones.

T2 chip and Vega GPU option

T2 chip
Will we see the T2 chip on future iMacs?

T2 is Apple’s security chip that helps to secure Touch ID data and enhance face detection. The new chip is now available on iMac Pro and MacBook family (2018 or later). So I don’t know why it is not in the latest 5k iMac. We have heard that the next iMac will support T2 or T3 chip at launch, allowing for much-improved FaceTime HD camera.

Apple now allows users to configure their iMac with upgraded hardware. Of course, that’s a big investment. Apple is said to continue to offer configuration options in the future, one of which includes the next generation Vega GPU. The current Vega 48 GPU adds more power to the standard iMac when it comes to editing videos and gaming. However, that’s a $450 upgrade and not for everybody.

Wrapping Up

The next iMac is expected to come with a slew of improvements that have been demanded for years. We cannot tell you what exactly the new iMac will include, so we will keep you updated when new information comes in.

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