iMac 2019: release date, news and rumors

iMac 2018

We’d love to see an iMac 2019 refresh – shortly after the iMac 2017 released with 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, the chip manufacturer released its 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips – with 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh chips hitting the streets earlier this month. So, the iMac is currently two generations behind the competition when it comes to hardware, but we think the iMac 2019 could level the playing field.

Following the surprise announcement for the MacBook Pro 2018, we may see the same happen with the iMac 2019. We previously heard speculation that the iMac 2018 would be among the Macs Apple would release in late 2018, but when the Mac Mini 2018 and the new MacBook Air launched, that was obviously false.

Instead, Apple will likely stay quiet about the iMac 2019 until it’s ready to release the all-in-one. Until we hear more about a new iMac from Apple, be sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll keep it updated with all the latest information as it comes out.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A new version of the Apple iMac
  • When is it out? No one knows but Apple
  • What will it cost? Likely starting at around $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,599)

iMac 2019 release date

The 2017 iMac was revealed back at WWDC 2017, but Apple didn’t repeat themselves last year. And, because there was no Mac hardware at the iPhone XS event, or the October 30 Mac event, we didn’t get a new iMac in 2018. But, we’re hoping to see an iMac 2019

Whether or not we see an iMac 2019 launch remains to be seen, but we’re sure that Apple won’t abandon the iMac lineup. We could see a special event for the new iMac, or we could even see it launch at WWDC 2019.

iMac 2018

iMac 2019 price

Again, there’s not much to go on right now concerning what the price of a 2018 iMac might be. Hopefully, the price won’t stray too much from last year’s models, unless there is going to be some seriously large upgrades when it comes to components.

The base price of last year’s iMac is $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,599), so we’d like to see a similar price with the iMac 2018. Of course, the iMac comes in various configurations (and prices) to suit your needs.

However, recent shortages, especially in Intel’s processors, may lead to an increase in manufacturing costs that Apple will likely pass on to the consumer. 

With the high-end iMac Pro starting at $4,999 (£4,899, AU$7,299), we can envision an iMac 2018 costing between $1,000 (£1,000, AU$1,500) and $2,500 (£2,000, AU$3,000). 

iMac 2019: what we want to see

While we don’t know much of anything about the iMac 2019 , we still have plenty of ideas about what we’d like to see in a new version of the all-in-one. Read on for your wish list of what we want to see out of the iMac 2019.  

iMac 2018

A revamped design

While we love the look of the iMac, it’s sort of had the same design for the past 12 years, so 2018 could be a great year to tweak the look. That could mean a minor revision, such as slimming the body even further, or something more drastic.

Rumors of an iMac redesign have been swirling since a post on Reddit, apparently by a ‘Foxconn Insider’ who worked for the company that builds the devices for Apple, claimed there would be an update to the iMac and its peripherals.

Color-wise, the aluminum design of the iMac has been a staple since 2007, so we wouldn’t mind seeing another color option with the iMac 2019 – perhaps a Space Gray version, like the iMac Pro?

iMac 2018

Take inspiration from the iMac Pro

The iMac Pro is a fantastic device, and while it is definitely a product aimed at a completely different audience than the iMac 2019 will be, there are a few things the standard iMac could incorporate from its more expensive sibling.

We’d love to see the iMac 2019 ditch the hard drive, and instead stick with solid state drives – this would allow Apple to make it even slimmer, while giving it a huge speed boost. Even better for photographers and filmmakers is if Apple allowed UHS-II SD card support, thereby streamlining the post-production process.

The iMac Pro also features some clever cooling technology to help reduce the heat of the components, again allowing for a thinner design without noisy fans, and we’d love to see that in the iMac 2019 as well.

However, if Apple includes the T2 chip used for security and ‘Hey, Siri’ commands in the iMac 2019, users might have to deal with the fact that Apple locked it out to third party repairs. Make sure you pick up that AppleCare, is all we’re saying.

Oh, and did we mention we’d really like to see a Space Gray iMac?

iMac 2018

Take inspiration from the MacBook and iPhone

Whilst we’re getting ideas from other Apple devices, there’s a few things we’d like to see from the iPhone and MacBook appear in the iMac 2019.

For example, how cool would it be if the Touch Bar from certain MacBooks turned up on a redesigned iMac keyboard? Those touch-sensitive buttons would be a fantastic addition.

Also, we’ve been very impressed by the Face ID technology of the iPhone XS and iPad Pro, so if Apple is thinking of upgrading the FaceTime camera on the iMac 2019, we’d love to see this included, so we could unlock our new iMac with just a glance.

Boosted specs

While know pretty much nothing about the hardware that’ll be included in the iMac 2017, we’d love to see it include the latest and best components when it’s revealed.

Now, what we really want to see is Apple shoving the latest 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors into the iMac 2019, so that Apple fans could have access to these octa-core behemoths. But, even if Apple is more conservative and sticks with an 8th-generation Coffee Lake processor, the iMac 2019 will still get a huge performance boost over last year’s model.

The processing probably won’t be ending with a six-core CPU, either. Three of the Macs that Apple is rumored to be releasing this year will supposedly offload some functionality to Cupertino-crafted silicon. This will probably amount to ‘Hey Siri’ commands, like they do on the iMac Pro, but Apple could do something crazy here. 

This second processor is likely part of Apple’s rumored ‘Kalamata Initiative’, which will see the Cupertino giant replace all Intel processors with its own by 2020. This is a huge ordeal, to be sure, but Apple seems to be well on the way working on its own chips in a super-secret lab

Graphics-wise, the iMac could stick with AMD’s Vega graphics cards, and if Apple goes for one of the latest AMD card, or even one that has yet to be released, then the iMac 2019 could have some serious graphical chops.

Fingers crossed we see some – or all – of these predictions come to fruition.

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Gabe Carey has also contributed to this report