iMac 2012 Launch ‘Imminent’ Claims Report
A recent report from Fox News states that the iMac line of all-in-one desktop computers would be refreshed soon, or in the author’s words, “imminent.”
According to Clayton Morris, who had cited several sources close to Apple, the Cupertino, Calif. company will be releasing new iMacs in due time.
He also cited MacRumors, which had reported a reduced supply of 27-inch iMacs. The 21-inch version, however, is still “widely available” in the market. Morris had speculated on the possibility of iMacs with Retina Display – most recently, the iPad and MacBook Pro had added Retina Display technology, which allows for extremely high-definition display quality. This technology had debuted on the fourth and fifth-generation iPhones, or the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S respectively.
Regarding the unveiling of these next-generation iMacs, Morris said that Apple typically “update(s) the desktops without much fanfare.” He believes the iMac refresh could take place in October, coinciding with the announcement of Apple’s rumored 7.85-inch iPad mini tablet.
Morris’ report is consistent with analyst forecasts from recent weeks and months. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said late in August that there would be two new iMacs to be announced in the fall. These iMacs, said the analyst, would be among eight devices released by Apple before the year ends.
His forecast was an October announcement for both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac variants. But he did cast doubt on the possibility of Retina Display to be part of the new iMacs’ specifications. The next-gen all-in-ones will likely be running on Intel Ivy Bridge chipsets and may include solid-state drives or SSDs instead of optical drives.