iMac 2016 release date, specs rumors: Upcoming device to ship with VR support, Apple to partner with LG for new display?


Apple has just launched two of the most anticipated devices of the year, the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. But tech watchers are convinced that the Cupertino-based company has more devices to unveil before the end of 2016, and it was speculated that an iMac refresh might be in the cards in a few weeks.

Apple last updated the iMac on October 2015, and based on the last refresh, theories claim that the tech giant could release a new version of the desktop next month. While the last update brought the Retina screen to the smaller iMac models and new Skylake processor chips for the larger versions, this year’s iMacs are touted to have gamer-friendly features such as virtual reality (VR) support and a better display.

The VR support rumor was spurred by a WCCF Tech report which says that AMD won the contract last year to provide Apple’s next-generation chipsets. The graphics chips, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11, will reportedly go into new desktops and notebooks from Apple, which the company plans to bring to the market later this year.

MacRumors notes that the power range of the Polaris 11 will make it suitable for the new MacBook Pro, while the Polaris 10 is believed to be suited for the iMac 2016. Both chips are said to be AMD’s way of bringing VR to PC users.

Another persistent rumor claims that Apple could team up with LG Electronics in order to bring a better screen to the iMac 2016. The current 21.5-inch iMac has a Retina display with a resolution of 4,096 x 2,304 pixels, while the 27-inch version has a 5K Retina display.

Apple has yet to confirm if they will be launching the new iMac models in October. The company is set to announce its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 27, and it is expected that Apple might announce its plans for the rest of the year as well as the first quarter of 2017.