The idea of a slimmer 2012 iMac is a nice thought as we sit here looking at our year old model, although we’d need to see specs jump up considerably to upgrade so soon from our last update. We understand that not everyone is in that position and some of PR’s readers have been holding off purchasing an iMac in 2012 for a long time, so this refresh couldn’t come soon enough, or they’re going Mac for the first time but heard a new model will see a release date this year.
We reported last week that the 2012 iMac should be joining the iPad mini for a launch event next week, although a picture has surfaced on a Chinese forum claiming to be an internal part for the new iMac. You can see that forum post here, which has been translated into English, and reveals insight into the possible form factor for the final 2012 iMac design. If you see the leaked image disappear, one sure sign of its authenticity, then also try this source.
We saw Apple revamp the iPhone 5 display to help create a thinner device, and it seems that they’ve targeted the 2012 iMac screen as well with rumors stating it could be glued to the front glass, which will deliver better display quality and help towards a thinner design. We also expect the rear to be more curved than square, which shows this upgrade could be much more than a normal refresh although that would take a Retina display to really tempt some potential buyers.
Would you like a totally new design for the 2012 Mac Mini, or would just a specs upgrade be enough? Another report published within the last 24 hours states that a new Mac Mini will arrive in 2012, and would also be a feature at the event rumored for next week. We also hear that the Mac Mini will go live on the Apple Store right after the announcement, and the specs on the current model are aging fast with an update last year and the aluminum enclosure being a design revamped 2 years ago.
As we’ve stated before, if this Apple event will take place next week then the invitations will have to go out this week, so we are literally hours away from finding out if this press event will really happen and an invite that could hint towards what new products will be there. You can see a leaked inventory listing here that details the iPad mini price in Euros, although some people claim these prices are too high for a downsized Apple iPad.