New iMac Boasting Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM, AMD Graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 Rumored

Posted in Mac, Rumor on 07/04/2017 by Chris Hauk


Earlier this week, Apple announced it is working on a new line of iMac models that will address “even more of the pro market.” While the company did not share any specific details, a report by blog Pike’s Universum indicates the new iMacs could be quite the powerhouses.

New iMac Boasting Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM, AMD Graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 Rumored


Apple did not share any specific details about what the upgrades will entail, but if the blog Pike’s Universum is to be believed, the next-generation iMac lineup could feature several improvements that make Apple’s desktop computer a more powerful workstation for professionals and average consumers alike.

The blog cites a source that is “usually pretty accurate,” in listing possible specs for the new machines:

  • Intel Xeon E3 processors
  • 16GB to 64GB of ECC RAM
  • Faster NVMe SSDs
  • AMD graphics
  •  Thunderbolt 3 ports

The report claims the new models will debut in late October, and will be unveiled alongside a brand new keyboard. Previous reports have indicate Apple is working on a standalone keyboard that will boast a Touch Bar and Touch ID, but no official announcements have been made.

Also mentioned in the blog posting is a new 8K external display to accompany Apple’s new Mac Pro models. Apple has confirmed that it is working on a new Apple-branded professional display, so we’ll have to see what happens.

The blog post also claims macOS 10.13 won’t be named in honor of a mountain or a park, with two names said to still be in the running, including one that starts with the letter M. To wind things up, the post also mentions cryptically that the next high-end Mac mini “won’t be so mini anymore.”

As always, reports like these should be looked upon as simply rumors until something official is announced by Apple, and should be taken with a grain of low-sodium seasoning.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.