Apple has an extremely busy few months ahead with the product launch schedule to include much more than just the new iPhone, although that will of course be the biggest launch for Apple, but might not be the first new product to release. If some analysis by Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities, is correct we could see the 2012 iMac launch along with a smaller Retina MacBook Pro within the next couple of weeks and after the Sept 12 event.
We’ve explained in the past that it’s unlikely the new iPhone would share the stage with any other hardware, and that a separate event might be needed for some of the new products. The estimated schedule can be seen in the image below, which shows a busy September that includes the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, a 2012 iMac with a 21.5-inch display, and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The new products don’t stop there with October being just as busy.
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In October it is predicted we’ll see another new iMac for 2012 that has a 27-inch screen, and a new iPad mini, iPod nano, and an enhanced new iPad will join products launching this month. Take a look at the full product schedule below, which also shows a timeline for when these products should launch.
Too good to be true – considering the 2012 iMac is already running late it will almost certainly get a refresh within a matter of days, especially considering these iMacs should have left factories already, but we find it hard to believe Apple would launch so many products packed so closely together.
It doesn’t make business sense to crowd too many product launches around the same time, and even if we believe these predictions then why would Apple decide to launch both an enhanced new iPad and iPad mini just a few months after the iPad 3? Apple doesn’t normally do this within 12 months of launching a product, and it is sure to upset a few Apple fans that bought the iPad 3. With that said, the insider sources talking about an iPad mini seem pretty solid, but looking at the amount of rumored product launches it seems too good to be true and looks like all the rumored products are going to launch (other than an Apple HDTV).
You can read a quote below from Ming-Chi Kuo’s report that touches on their survey, and why a gap of around 2 weeks between some product launches is needed. The 2012 iMac is nowhere as big as the iPhone 5, and considering the refreshed iMac might launch very close to the new iPhone it is hoped some visibility is given by a gap.
How much money is there to go around? It is also worth noting that some people are already lining up to buy the 2012 iMac and are just waiting for a release date, so with this in-mind it could launch silently on the Apple Store and gain a large number of sales. The problem is that some people have limited money, and are making the choice of a new iPhone or upgrading their iMac, and if this is the case launching products closely together causes problems for some people.
Do you think Apple will risk launching so many products within 2 months? It couldn’t be a better time to do it considering the holiday shopping season is about to start, and some of these new Apple products would make a perfect Christmas gift. Now we wonder how many 2012 iMac’s will be bought as gifts?
The recent stock shortages of the 27-inch iMac and preparation seen by Apple and users shows everything is in place, so both Apple and the consumer are ready for a new iMac. Will you be upgrading within the next couple of weeks?