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 iMac is over a year old and there is a good chance that we will see a 2020 iMac release that brings a more powerful Mac desktop, a new screen size and that potentially offers a new design.
Apple now offers a new Mac Pro that offers a lot of power at a premium price and an iMac Pro, but the iMac remains a popular option for users looking at a stationary Mac with a built-in display.
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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, so a Spring announcement is a possibility, but at the same time, there aren’t many rumors about a Spring release.
Another potential time for a new iMac is in June near WWDC. This could happen even with WWDC as an online-only event this year.
- Wait for a More Powerful iMac
- Wait for a 23-inch iMac
- Wait for a Quick Refresh
- Wait for a 2020 iMac with a Better Display
- 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.
- Don’t Wait if Mobility is More Important
- Don’t Wait if You Find a Great Deal
- Don’t Wait if the Mac Mini Works For You
- 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.
One rumor is that Apple is planning a 23-inch iMac, which would likely replace the 21.5-inch model completely. This is said to enter production in Q3, so a fall release date is likely.
We’re hearing wishes for a new iMac design and smaller bezels or with a bigger display. There are even some users looking for a Pro Display XDR level screen, but nothing is concrete.
This leads us to believe that there may be two 2020 iMac release dates. One as soon as June, and one later this year.
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 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.
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