iMac 2017 release date, specs rumors: Device to launch at the end of the year

(Creative Commons/Jon Fingas)A current-generation iMac inside an Apple Store.

Apart from the iPhone flagship smartphone, another thing fans are looking forward to from Apple is its upcoming iMac PCs, which will likely come out toward the end of the year.

According to a report from DigiTimes, sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers have floated the possibility of the iMac all-in-one (AIO) PCs launching sometime around the holiday season of 2017. The sources said that the tech giant is already busy preparing for the production of two iMac PCs that will begin in May while a "server-grade" iMac is also being tested with the goal of catering to the high-end market.

It can be recalled that Apple committed earlier this month that the new iMac PCs will come out this year, according to a report from Tech Crunch. "If we've had a pause in upgrades and updates, we're sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we're going to come out with something great to replace it," said Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

The DigiTimes report said that the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs that are currently available in the market today are the ones that will be updated and released by the end of the year. The two new upgraded iMacs will likely be manufactured by Quanta Computer, which is projected to keep the top spot in being the largest AIO PC makers in 2017.

As for the high-end iMac, it will likely feature the Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, which is unreleased at the moment, up to 2TB NVM Express PCI-e solid-state storage, and the latest "discrete graphics card," the report added. Additionally, users will be given options ranging from 16GB to 64GB error-correcting ECC RAM.

Apple is also gearing up for the release of their upcoming flagship smartphone, the iPhone 8, although production was reportedly delayed due to some issues concerning its 3D sensing technology. Analysts said that the device's launching will be pushed by several weeks, but it will likely make it in time for the holidays.