It became clear towards the end of last month that the 2012 iMac would be a refresh and not a completely new model. This news arrived along with a rumor that the 2012 iMac would be leaving factories this month, and are likely to be ready for shipping to the consumer in September. This means that Apple is in for a really busy few months considering iOS 6 and iPhone 5 are also expected to drop around the same time.
Importance of the 2012 iMac refresh differs by upgrader — if you are an iMac owner that upgraded to the 2011 model, then you could already have SSD and a pretty fast machine with a reasonable amount of RAM. These people might not be too worried about waiting for the iMac to receive an update, which could mean a 2013 Retina iMac would be a better option for them.
There are also a growing number of Windows users moving to Apple this year, and some of these people want a desktop alternative but don’t want to purchase the current iMac when a 2012 refresh could see a release date any day now. We’ve heard directly from a few of these users and a common problem they express is the lack of information from Apple regarding an iMac update, which their Windows brands might not have been so secretive about future products.
One PR reader said, “It’s frustrating that Apple don’t give a real hint“, and continued “I want to buy the 2012 iMac but the wait could turn me back to a newer PC“. Current Apple fans have shared encouragement with Mac newbies, and explain to them that the iMacs will refresh soon, and they should “hang in there“. Some people also run Windows on the Intel iMacs, and explain, “You could never own a better PC than the iMac“.
What should we expect with the 2012 iMac? You won’t get a Retina display this year, but you can expect some nice hardware improvements like Ivy Bridge chips that use 22nm technology. Some people hope Apple will offer a built-to-order iMac model, which allows for the Core i7 Extreme Edition processor.
SSD is something some buyers want as standard while others would hate that idea, and instead prefer the option of a combo drive using standard storage and a solid-state drive. Integrated graphics is another issue for some purchases, and these people want an iMac to handle more demanding projects and gaming. It’s worth noting that one of Intel’s VPs recently revealed that the Ivy Bridge chip is designed with the Retina display in-mind.
Do you have a certain feature that must make it to the 2012 iMac, and how important is it to get an upgrade this year?