In a recent interview with top-managers Apple has told about preparation of the new line of iMac computers this year. Since the last update it’s been quite some time — its release was held in October of 2015. Earlier edition of Pike’s Universum reported on the possible characteristics of the redesigned iMac, which we added his expectations.
The latest processors
According to sources, as the basis in the top configuration of the iMac will be Intel Xeon E3-1285 v6. Until it was announced officially in late March, Intel released the only family E3-1200 v6.
In interviews, representatives of Apple stated that the new iMac will be aimed at professional users. Perhaps the company will use the chips Core i5 or Core i7 in the 21.5-inch model and a 4-core Xeon processors in 27-inch version.
16 GB of RAM
In addition to high performance, there is another reason for switching to the Xeon chips in top modification of the iMac. They support ECC memory, which automatically detects and corrects errors. Standard random access memory such ability does not possess.
It is expected that Apple will increase the RAM in the standard configuration with 8 GB to 16 GB. It would be convenient if support for self-installation of memory was spread on all iMac models, not only for the 27-inch. Subsequently, this would allow users to increase the amount of RAM to 32 GB or 64 GB.
Fusion Drive by default
Using an SSD would increase the speed of the device, but would also lead to an increase in the price of the iMac. As a compromise, supports the technology of Fusion Drive, which combines HDD and SSD storage, providing a reasonable compromise in speed of access to files and amount of space for data storage.
The transition to the Fusion Drive in the current model costs just $100. It is hoped that Apple will find a way to offset the cost and make the technology part of the standard configuration.
Convenient access to connectors
To connectors not spoil the design of the device, Apple puts them on the back panel of the iMac. Many users opt for more convenient placement of connectors, although there is too little probability that the company will listen
USB-C and USB 3.0
Most likely, the manufacturer will use 3 Thunderbolt/USB-C instead of Thunderbolt 2. It is hoped that there will be also other standard ports: USB 3, Ethernet, headphone Jack and a slot for SD card.
Reasons for rejection of these connectors, the company can only keep a USB-C and offer users to purchase a docking station, such as the CalDigit TS3 Lite. However, this would mean that you have to pay extra for what used to be included in the device itself.
Support for external graphics
The design of the iMac all-in-one limits the type of used GPU and makes impossible the installation of a powerful graphics card. But if the company really plans to make the device suitable for professional use, it can add support for external graphics accelerator.