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3 Reasons to Wait for the 2019 iMac, 5 Reasons Not To



Should you buy the iMac today, or should you wait for the 2019 iMac before you buy?

The iMac is over a year and a half old, and it looks like we will see a 2019 iMac release date in the near future. Apple remains dedicated to the iMac all-in-one lineup, but the 2018 Mac Mini may be a better option if you need a new Mac desktop right now. For now the Mac Pro upgrade remains a wishful thought that won’t likely arrive until late in 2019.

While the iMac Pro offers powerful options, it’s out of the price range of many buyers, and overkill for many students and homes users. It’s also aging at the same rate as the current iMac.

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We’ll help you decide if you should wait for the 2018 iMac release date to buy the new iMac, or if it is best to go get one right now to replace your aging Mac.

Reasons to Wait for the 2019 iMac

At this stage, most people should still wait for the 2019 iMac release date before buying a new iMac. We don’t expect massive discounts on the 2017 model when this happens, but you may be able to find a deal from someone upgrading or from a retailer clearing out older models.

You’ll also get a much better performing computer that is going to be suited for handling your computing needs for longer, and it will likely get macOS upgrades for another year. If you wait, you get the chance to decide if the new iMac is the best computer for you right now, but if you buy, you won’t likely be able to return and upgrade to a new iMac if one comes out in a month or so.

  • Wait for a More Powerful iMac
  • Wait for a 2019 iMac with a Better Display
  • Wait if You Keep Your Mac’s for a Long Time

Reasons Not to Wait for the 2019 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 2017 iMac instead of waiting any longer.

  • Don’t Wait if You Can’t Wait a While
  • 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

2019 iMac Rumors

Apple skipped releasing a new iMac in 2018, and there are potentially two Apple events this Spring, but you may need to wait longer for the 2019 iMac to arrive. Apple typically aims updates this model in the summer near WWDC. The good news is that WWDC is scheduled for June 3rd, based on leaks, which means that is likely when we will see the 2019 iMac release date.

Apple typically upgrades the iMac every year, but skipped over announcing a new model in 2018. We’ve heard many iMac rumors over the last year, and at this stage it looks like these are essentially about the 2019 iMac.

Ming-Chi Kou says that Apple will upgrade the display and the processors in the new iMac. There is no specific mention of the display upgrades yet. Apple currently sells the iMac with a 1080P display, a 4K display and a 5K display.

Apple did confirm it is working on a new display to sell when the new Mac Pro release date arrives, and that could be 5K like the current iMac, or even an 8K display. It would make sense for Apple to put the upgraded display in an iMac first. Apple already supports 10-bit color if you a compatible monitor, so it could be part of this upgrade as well. An early rumor about a new iMac design surfaced in 2017, but we haven’t heard anything substantial a new design since.

Wait for a More Powerful iMac in 2019

Wait for a More Powerful iMac in 2019

The current iMac is no slouch, but Intel now offers more powerful processors, and there are new GPU options that can supercharge the iMac in 2019.

Specifically we could see a 6-core processor option for the 2019 iMac. Apple added these to the 2018 MacBook Pro, and it looks like we will see performance boosts for the new iMac soon as well.

Apple includes an Apple processor known as the T2 in the iMac Pro, MacBook Air and the 2018 MacBook Pro. There is a good chance that we could see this come to the 2019 iMac upgrade as well.

In late December 2019 Intel showcased the Sunny Cove processors that could go into the 2019 iMac Pro, but these will not likely make it into the 2019 iMac. 

From a GPU standpoint, we will likely see Apple opt to AMD Vega GPU offerings, but not to the level of the iMac Pro. Other upgrades include potential support for DDR4 RAM and we may switch all the way from hard drives to SSD storage



  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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