iMac 2017 news: refreshed model coming next year but do not expect radical changes

A man carries a newly purchased iMac from the Apple Fifth Avenue store during Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S.A., November 25, 2016. | Reuters/Andrew Kelly

With a year ahead, Apple is gearing up for another jam-packed 12 months especially with the 10th anniversary of iPhone coming up. But that does not mean that the company will shove their other products, like the iMac, aside.

In fact, as early as now, a report from Bloomberg claims that the Cupertino-based giant is planning on refreshing their most current desktop computer. Just do not expect much of it as the same article also shares that Apple is not planning major changes to the device, but instead, they are to roll out a series of tweaks in it. This includes a new model with a brand-new USB port as well as a new AMD graphics chip.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a veteran in terms of Apple scoops, backs up this story with a prediction that new iMacs will be rolling out of the company's gates in the first half of 2017.

While the minor updates surely are not something that will have iMac users jumping up and down, Apple CEO Tim Cook has given his reassurance that the company is devoted to the device despite launching new products over the years. In a post on an employee message board picked up by Tech Crunch, the exec penned a lengthy text that addresses the worries regarding the iMac.

"Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops," Cook wrote. "If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that."

On top of that, the 56-year-old businessman also reiterated that Apple will continue to strive to make groundbreaking products and that they will never stop tapping potentials or ideas.

"With so many things that we've done, we don't do it because there's a return on investment. We don't do it because we know exactly how we're going to use it. We do it because it's clear it's interesting and it might lead somewhere. A lot of the time it doesn't, but many times it leads us somewhere where we had no idea in the beginning," he further stated.