2012 iMac joins iPad mini release date

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We started to hear that the 2012 iMac had shipped 2 months ago, although it now seems that these shipments might not be to such a number that would warrant a launch being announced. Insiders now claim that Apple’s iMac refresh for 2012 will now likely see a release date with the iPad mini and new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro within the next couple of weeks.

While nothing specific has been revealed pointing to an exact release date for any of these new Apple products, this source claims that shipments were delayed from last month to this month, which is apparently due to Retina Display yields being low. This claim in itself is strange considering we’ve been informed from numerous sources that the 2012 iMac won’t include a Retina Display, and this would in fact come next year. This had even been hinted at directly from Apple’s CEO in an earlier article.

Apple couldn’t launch these new products at a better time considering we’re about to enter the busy holiday shopping period and of course Black Friday, which marks the start of this season. While we find the above source doubtful in certain facts, it is clear that a smaller Retina MacBook Pro, iPad Mini, and 2012 iMac is coming and could see a joint launch at a dedicated event within the next few weeks. We also hear that the new iPad is said to include a different feel when in hands, although exactly how that is achieved is not clear at the time of writing.

Are you interested in purchasing one of these new Apple products if launched later this month? You can count on at least a 7 day notice before Apple reveals a new event, so if this does happen in October then we only have a few days left before invites would have to be sent out.

One thing is for certain in these reports and that’s Apple would never want to launch a new product if they can’t meet a certain number of orders, and while popularity with most Apple products make this an almost impossible task they’d still need to create a certain number. Let’s hope the new 2012 iMac and iPad mini don’t drop to November.

Update: We’re just hearing a rumor that Apple will host the October 2012 event on the 23rd, and while numerous reports speak about an iPad mini it could be that the other products are showcased as well. No invitations have been sent for this event just yet.

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  • Beejay UK

    I am in need of a 27″ iMac with as speedy a chip as is available, hopefully a decent graphics chip and USB3, Lightning, Thunderbolt and a choice of matte or reflective screen.

    Come on Apple and pull that finger out and sell some 2012 iMacs……

  • Mat

    I am in need of a 27″ iMac for app development at home but reluctant to order the current line up in case new ones are launched in a few weeks. Eagerly awaiting the announcements!

  • Amscot56

    Waiting for the tricked out version of iMac 27″ can’t see spending top dollar right now for older chip sets and other specs. if they don’t materialize between now and the end of 2012 I will be forced to go for the older model which is still… AWESOME! I would love a retina but it is not a must have. I have a Macbook Pro retina and while it is probably the best computer Apple has ever made the web graphics sometimes look slightly out of focus since they are lower resolution. Until then, I will be googling… imac 2012!

  • appledudeindubai

    Here in Dubai, checked with the Apple reseller, who said that they have not received iMac 27inch shipments for over 5 weeks despite ordering then….and prices of existing iMac’s dropped by 272 dollars….last week…all this indicates to me…new iMac is on the horizon…I need one so guess will wait…

  • macguy

    Have the rumors claiming that the Q4 2012 iMacs introduce a touch screen interface been confirmed as yet?

  • Cameron

    Need my new imac, been waiting months now!!