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4 Reasons Not To Wait for the 2020 iMac & 5 Reasons You Should



Should you buy the iMac today, or should you wait for the 2020 iMac before you buy? We have an updated listing of the latest iMac rumors and information that you need to make this decision. The latest leak in late July 2020, is that the new iMac could arrive as soon as this week, or perhaps more likely in August.

Apple last updated the iMac in March 2019, and there is a good chance that the company is still working on a 2020 iMac update — with two specific rumors addressing a new iMac.

We’re due for a new design, potentially a new screen size, and definitely updated specs. The iMac remains an appealing choice for users looking for an all-in-one solution from Apple.

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We’ll help you decide if you should wait for the 2020 iMac release date to buy the new iMac, or if it is best to go get one right now to replace your Mac.

Reasons to Wait for the 2020 iMac

If you don’t need a new Mac immediately, you may want to wait for the 2020 iMac release date before you buy one. The current model went on sale in Spring 2019, but we’re now well into summer. The latest rumors point to Q3, which we are currently in.

  1. Wait for a More Powerful iMac
  2. Wait for a 23-inch iMac
  3. Wait for July, August or September
  4. Wait for a 2020 iMac with a Better Display
  5. Wait if You Keep Your Mac’s for a Long Time

Reasons Not to Wait for the 2020 iMac

Ultimately, you may need to wait a while for the new iMac. If you can’t wait, need a new Mac or your needs have changed, you may want to re-evaluate which Mac you choose or simply go with the 2019 iMac instead of waiting any longer.

  1. Don’t Wait if Mobility is More Important
  2. Don’t Wait if You Find a Great Deal
  3. Don’t Wait if the Mac Mini Works For You
  4. Don’t Wait if You Absolutely Need a New Mac

2020 iMac Rumors

Apple is planning a new 2020 iMac, possibly two of them. We’ve heard from a reliable leaker that Apple has a new iMac ready to release. Prosser predicted the iPhone SE 2 and 2020 MacBook Pro release dates correctly, so he has a very good track record. It’s not clear if this is the larger 23-inch iMac, or if it is simply a refresh of the current sizes.

The most recent leak pointed to a potential iMac release this week, in a since-deleted tweet. Another report out at a similar time suggests the new iMac will not get a redesign until the new Apple Silicon processors arrive. Given the tweet was deleted, this may mean it is not happening, but there is a chance that we see a new iMac this week.

Prosser simply said, “Nope,” to the report, but says to look for August and reiterates the lack of a redesign.

In June Ming-Chi Kou said that Apple will announce a new Intel-powered iMac in Q3. That means we could see this as soon as this week or as late as the iPhone 12 launch event. If you want an ARM-powered iMac, you will reportedly need to wait until Q1 2021.

Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about the 2020 iMac, and why you may want to wait for it.

Wait for a More Powerful iMac in 2020

Wait for a More Powerful iMac in 2020

Apple is packing in more power to the mobile models and support for more RAM. 

There is a good chance that we see a more powerful 2020 iMac that allows users to do more without the need for an iMac Pro. 

Intel announced the 10th generation Comet Lake processors on April 30th. The company did not specifically say that this is coming to the iMac, but they confirmed that the availability of the new processors is May.  These processors are what we expect to go into the new iMac. Apple will reportedly pair this with the AMD Navi GPU. 

Apple includes an Apple processor known as the T2 in the iMac Pro, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro. Apple did not add this to the 2019 iMac, so there is some hope they will offer it in 2020. The T2 chip offers better video encoding.

Even though Apple is switching to ARM processors, Kou says that we will see a new Intel iMac in Q3. 



  1. Nguyen van Huy

    08/04/2018 at 12:06 am


  2. Shane

    10/31/2018 at 3:32 am

    I think Apple has forgotten it has an iMac, focusing way too much of the overpriced useless watch and yet another disposable phone. The year is almost spent and still no sign of an upgrade to the iMac. It’s been a sad year for iMac fans

    • Brogan Bunje

      11/08/2018 at 11:48 am

      I agree. Someone making a similar observation post-October 30th added that they felt that there was a chance that one would be introduced this month by way of a press release a la the one they did earlier this year for the MBPs.

  3. Sunil Salim

    11/04/2018 at 6:47 am

    Disappointed. How can we justify to buy this expensive model that has seventh-generation processor? Time to start looking for alternatives such as Windows XPS.

    • Nostromov

      02/03/2019 at 12:45 pm

      Ofc., this is always the case with Apple: they cut corners and use THE cheapest (old) components they can get their hands on – and then wrap it up with a pretty, golden, bow – maybe throw-in something extra to make it SEEM premium, or something; and people fall for it, LOL: hook, line and s(T)inker. xD

    • Nostromov

      02/03/2019 at 12:51 pm

      OMG., sorry, I don’t mean to spam – but, this is Comedy Central! Not just the CPUs (and whatever), the article also mentions: “upgrades include potential support for DDR4 RAM”.
      Imagine, a “potential” upgrade of what has been -simply- standard on all other machines, for a couple of years now. They’re so bad, it’s just hilarious to me, heh! xD

  4. Roger

    11/11/2018 at 7:21 pm

    Am outdone with Windows 10 and was very eager for an iMac in the Spring of 2018. Ongoing delays and mysteries surrounding the new iMac have left me discouraged, and re-thinking whether I really need a new toy. All my work is PC-based, so may get a high-res HP laptop instead.

  5. Matthew M Smith

    11/16/2018 at 1:26 pm

    The next iMac will offer up to at least six cores, like the Mac mini does now.

  6. Brent Perkins

    12/03/2018 at 8:37 pm

    I appears to me that Apple has, for all practical purposes, abandoned the iMac customer. We will soon be going into two years since any upgrade was provided. Apple may be playing coy and keeping wraps on a great early 2019 iMac “next generation”. I certainly hope so. But my guess is probably not. I sense we will see some very minor additions but little else. 6 cores? Faster graphics cards? 12GB video RAM? I doubt we will see anything like these improvements. The evidence of this is that no improvements have been forthcoming for almost two yeas. iMac users have tired of waiting and some are looking elsewhere for better machines. Had there been a computer company ready and waiting to seize the day, much of iMac’s share of the market may have been taken from Apple. As it is, I hope for a fabulous 6 core next generation machine but expect little given a long delay that seems to signal Apples warning interest in the iMac.

  7. Andy

    01/07/2019 at 2:25 am

    Apple would be making a huge,dumb mistake if it adopts an OLED based display for its 2019 iMac. I have an OLED display on my Note 8. It has major screen burn in after a couple months. Screen burn in is not a deal killer on a smart phone. On a visual display for professional photo editing it will be. Apple will be widely panned if it slips and adopts OLED burn in for its 2019 iMac. If they do, Tim Cook should be caned and fired.

    • Nostromov

      02/03/2019 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah, I don’t -really- think that “widely panned” would (actually) mean anything to Apple customers, hehe.

      It used to be a problem, when Apple were able to monopolize a great software… Like, Logic Audio for example (when they’d made it exclusive, after an expensive purchase – in order to hustle and force people into buying their computers. ;))

      These days, there are -so- many specialized programs and it’s no longer an issue: no real reason to purchase their over-priced and underpowered devices.

  8. Nostromov

    02/03/2019 at 12:32 pm

    Got to wait, for sure. Apple has a (long) history of selling “optimized” underpowered hardware, so the year-old is pretty much guaranteed to turn into a complete bucket; even IF they don’t decide to slow it down, on purpose, when it’s time for new releases. Meh.

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