We’ve seen a price drop on existing iMac and MacBook Pro products at selected major retail websites, this normally signals a new Apple product, although mix this news with current rumors and we’re sold. There will most certainly be a 2012 iMac and MacBook Pro launch very soon, and most likely this quarter.
The iMac and MacBook Pro improved specs — we touched on what the 2012 MacBook Pro needs and some of the latest rumors recently, although the iMac has been pushed aside on most tech blogs. Some much needed upgrades can be delivered with a 2012 iMac, and these include standardizing SSD, new Ivy Bridge chips from Intel, a Retina display, and we’d also expect the optical drive to be removed by 2013 at the latest, although this is not what everyone would want.
Do you have some features you need in the 2012 iMac, which would make you want to upgrade? We’d like to see a decent memory upgrade, the refresh would also need to redesign the display to offer more pixels per inch, especially considering the improvements seen on the latest cell phones and televisions. We’ve also heard a few touch screen and Siri integration rumors, and while this sounds good as an option, it’s not in our list of predictions. Share a comment with your expectation for the iMac update and also when you think its release date should fall?
The new Apple television set — the hype building around a big screen Apple TV is increasing for good reason, and while it has not been confirmed by Apple it’s largely believed to be almost certain, which could even release at some point in 2012 or 2013. There has been some debate around its branding, iTV is obviously a codename considering the iTV brand is a television channel in the UK, and some analysts are pushing for “Mac TV” as a better option, which would help rejuvenate the Mac brand. This is important considering the iPhone has seen 88% year-on-year growth, the iPad has seen 151% year-on-year growth, and the Macs are just 7%. You can read more insight on these figures and the reasons to expect a Mac TV here.
Will you be one of the first in-line for these new Apple products, and if so would it be a Mac TV, 2012 iMac/MacBook Pro, or all of them? WWDC 2012 is almost here and you can keep an eye on all the latest Apple news via this page, or one of our social channels.