Based on recent reports, Apple is set to launch a new lineup of iMac desktops soon. In addition, the all-in-one desktop will have an “imminent” launch.
According to Clay Morris of Fox News, the company is prepared to launch new iMac models in the near future. However, it declined to give a specific timeframe. He even pointed out that the supply of the 27-inch iMac desktops are dwindling down at retail stores and third-party resellers.
I’ve been hoping for an iMac update and it looks like my wish is about to come true! Multiple sources tell me that a new lineup of desktop machines from Apple is imminent.
A quick look around Amazon’s website shows dried up supplies for the 27-inch version. The popular MacRumors website looked at Apple store supplies and found dwindling availability as well, although 21-inch iMacs do appear to be widely available….
It’s possible the iMac announcement could happen at the rumored October iPad Mini announcement, but I’m not holding my breath for that. Apple has been known to update the desktops without much fanfare.
New iMac Desktops in the Horizon
Last month, analyst Ming-chi Kuo said that two new iMac models would be part of Apple’s eight new product launches this fall. He even estimated that both 21.5- and 27-inch models will be available before the end of October.
Kuo also indicated that the AIO desktops will not feature a high-resolution Retina displays, similar with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro. However, the refreshed iMac models will have a redesigned exterior, which will include an improved “full-lamination process” for the screen’s cover glass.
The new production method will be employed to the 21.5-inch model, as it will be more difficult to use for its 27-inch cousin. As a result, the larger desktop has lower yield rates. As stated by Kuo:
Apple has demanded full-lamination between the panel and cover glasses. Lamination for the relatively large 27-inch panel comes with a lower yield, so we expect the 27-inch iMac to trail 21.5-inch iMac by six to eight weeks in hitting the marketplace.
In addition, the new iMac models are expected to feature Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processor, USB 3.0 ports, and expanded solid-stated drives. Morris also reported that the desktops will be slimmer, as Apple will be removing its dedicated optical drive.
Prior to this, AppleInsider reported about the configuration files found in Apple’s Mountain Lion operating system. The files made apparent references to an unreleased next-generation version of iMac. In relation to this, the references mentioned USB-booting options, which is a potential indication that the desktop could lack built-in optical drives.
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