iMac 2016 release date, specs rumors: Upcoming desktop computer to be VR ready?

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Is the iMac 2016 about to have a massive upgrade? Last year, Apple brought new features to its latest desktop computer, which included a Retina screen for the smaller version and new Skylake processors for the larger models. While the iMac 2016 has not been confirmed, it was predicted that the upcoming device will be virtual reality (VR) ready through the addition of a new graphics chip.

According to Macworld, it is believed that the new iMac will have graphics chips from AMD’s Polaris set. WCCF Tech mentioned that AMD won the contract and that this was confirmed by the website’s sources back in April. The contract is said to be for two chipsets, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11. The website also reported that the graphics chips will be used in Apple’s new desktops and notebooks, which the Cupertino-based company plans to launch in the market this year.

With the addition of the said chipsets, it is likely that the iMac 2016 will be VR ready since the Polaris chips will produce the necessary specs in order to run VR on the upcoming device. However, this has yet to be confirmed by Apple.

It was predicted that Apple could release a 27-inch iMac and a 21-inch version later this year. The larger iMac model is said to have a Fusion Drive, a high-performance hybrid mix of flash and conventional storage, while consumers who will opt for 21-inch model can reportedly choose to have the same feature at an additional cost. It is expected that the new desktops will have far more superior displays than the previous models, as both are rumored to have 5K displays.

As for the release date, the last iMac models were released in October 2015, and rumors claim that Apple might not stray from its release schedule and that the new desktop computers will be released this October. However, there are claims that the new devices could also be seen as early as September, along with the highly anticipated iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2.