I need your help as I’m a newbie in the iMac field. I have been reading your mag now for a number of issues and wish to purchase an iMac to replace a Windows PC from Acer.
However, I wish to wait for the latest updated iMac to arrive, which you say is coming some time in 2018. I was on Apple’s UK website and it has ‘new’ listed beside it’s iMac. Is this the updated model you have written about, as it looks the same as the current model.
ALEX SAYS… Thanks for asking about this. No, it isn’t the 2018 refresh. Apple often leaves ‘new’ labels on its site for longer than we would like. The expected update times listed in our store guide are educated guesses, based on our observations of Apple’s previous release patterns as well as industry roadmaps for components – for example, when we know new Intel processors are on the horizon.
Right now, we still expect that the iMac will get an update in 2018. Mac updates are in some ways harder to predict these days, if only because Apple announces most without much fanfare – rarely the kind that it affords to new iPhones and iPads, that is. For the iMac, we expect a refresh will happen in the last quarter of the year.
There’s a chance new iMacs might slip into 2019. Recent whispers of a Mac mini refresh soon are promising, though, as the iMac is often updated alongside. September through to November (or even December) is a typical time for Apple to release a flood of Mac and iOS updates, partly in time for the holiday season in the US. The iPhone gets new models in September, with refreshed Mac models tending to be unveiled in October.
If you can bear with your Windows PC for a bit longer, that would be wise to avoid buyer’s remorse.
Since Dereck contacted us, Apple has removed ‘New’ from the iMac listing.