It looks like reliable sources are confirming there will be a 2012 iMac, which this news comes just a few days after we reported there could still be an iMac in 2012. The new iMac would likely see a release date in September after being shipped to factories in August, and these rumors come from the Apple’s supply chain and were sent to this popular blog from a KGI analyst.
We already knew that any iMac in 2012 would only be a refresh, and those of our readers looking for a major upgrade that included a Retina display would be disappointed. The lack of a Retina display had been hinted by Apple’s CEO recently, but this hint also included a solid indication that 2013 would deliver a Retina iMac.
The KGI analyst made it clear that Apple would ship a low number of desktops in July, but this would be made up by a massive increase in August thanks to the refreshed 2012 iMac shipping from factories. Apple has also made zero growth in Q2 of 2012, but the second half of the year will be much better considering the major products expected to launch in fall. The weaker economy will slow things a little but considering the lineup, iPhone 5 / 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro / Mini iPad / iPod touch 5G, Apple should see a bumper end to this year.
The patience of Apple fans — we’ve seen an increasing number of people wanting to hand over money for the new iMac and the frustration is starting to show, which includes comments like “I’m sick of waiting, what’s taking so long?“. There are genuine buyers waiting for the 2012 iMac, and rather than buy the aging 2011 model or a Windows computer that they moved away from years ago, it is the new iMac they want but frustration grows when Apple won’t even confirm when or if a new model is coming.
Do you think Apple should at least confirm new products are coming, which would stop people waiting for something that could miss a year? This had been seen with buyers waiting for the iPod touch 5G last year that skipped a year for the first time, and also the current iMac is well over a year old and would really upset buyers if it missed a 2012 refresh. One problem with revealing upcoming products is the possibility that people would stop buying current models, and Apple wouldn’t want this.