iMac 2016 Rumored to Feature Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Zen Processor
Maybe not as popular as a Windows PC but Apple’s iMac certainly has its own charm and a lot of benefits especially for workplace environments because of its stability and optimized software. Recently, some new rumors have started emerging regarding the upcoming iMac 2016 lineup and their hardware specifications.
Traditionally, Apple has always preferred Intel CPUs in their devices so it’s no surprise that according to some rumors, the iMac 2016 series will be powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs. However, given the performance boost that AMD’s Zen processor is boasting, it is highly likely that Apple might opt for that in the case of some high-end machines or fully abandon Intel’s chips.
The Zen chipset will have 8 cores and 16 threads which makes it capable of an incredible amount of raw power, however that also means it will be expensive compared to Kaby Lake processors so if Apple does choose it for iMac 2016 systems, it would make the computer expensive.
AMD won an Apple contract a short while ago and that might mean Apple will be using AMD’s Polaris based GPUs for its new iMac lineup. Polaris chips offer incredible performance at a really competitive price point compared to Nvidia/Intel based GPUs so it is unlikely Apple will not go for AMD this time. The contract between Apple and AMD also ensures that AMD will be supplying them with Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 chips.
Previous models in the iMac line of desktops have Fusion Drives as the default storage. Rumours that the 2015 upgrade would make the Flash storage standard in iMacs have re-emerged with the upcoming iMac 2016. After all, flash storage not only do they offer higher read and write speeds but also more reliability compared to traditional HDDs.
Considering that all its new laptops come with SSDs now, Apple might fully make the shift to SSDs as default storage in desktop systems as well starting with iMac 2016.
There is no confirm launch or price detail known as of yet but considering that Apple has an event on 7th September where it is expected to announce the iPhone 7, it might decide to launch iMac 2016 during that time as well.