2017 iMac release date, latest news: Models with 21 and 27-inch displays to be released in Q3?

An image of the current iMac models. (Apple.com)

Strong speculations from observers and tech enthusiasts point to a release date for the 2017 iMac toward the latter part of the year. Although these are still considered rumors, talks surrounding its unveiling, as well as its specs, have a strong basis.

According to a report from PC Advisor, the new iMac will likely be announced around September to October of 2017. This speculation is based on the upcoming events slated for the tech giant. Apple will hold the Worldwide Developers Congress (WWDC) in June. However, it is unlikely that the company will unveil new iMac models during the event.

Historically, the company announces some of their new products between September and October. This could also be the case for the 2017 iMac.

Meanwhile, a report from Korea Portal said that Apple is currently manufacturing two iMac models. One is reportedly a premium desktop while the other is slanted toward the higher-end market. Moreover, the two models are projected to come internal parts that are “server-grade.” These parts are said to be capable of protecting the units from single-bit memory errors.

The 21-inch iteration will likely retain the Iris Pro graphics. On the other hand, the 27-inch iMacs will reportedly come with the new Radeon GPUs. These feature the latest Polaris architecture from AMD. In addition, reports said it will also feature the high-end AMD graphics cards.

As for the pricing, PC Advisor reported that a leak from Best Buy pegs the 27-inch model at $3,199.99 USD. This includes 32GB of RAM, as well as a 2TB Fusion Drive.

Last month, Tech Crunch reported that Apple had promised to release the new iMac within the year. “If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it,” said Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller.