The possibility for a new iMac in 2012 is still on the cards although we are running out of time, especially considering we are well into the 3rd quarter, but recent Apple rumors point to October as the last chance for a release date this year. The computer we’re writing this article on is a 2011 iMac, which we purchased in May last year, so with more than a year passing it seems a refresh is likely to come soon or miss 2012 completely.
Apple’s CEO has already hinted that any chance of an upgrade this year with Retina is basically not going to happen, but you could expect some Ivy Bridge love, storage enhancements, more memory, and other speed improvements. Numerous sources are claiming that later this month components will start to ship for the 2012 iMac, which will then take a little while to be assembled, so this would result in a launch in the 4th quarter for an iMac with a specs refresh.
Launching a new iMac and iPhone 5 at the same time — we find it hard to believe Apple would launch their biggest product, the iPhone 5, and the new iMac at the same time. This also doesn’t include the fact that iOS 6 will release this fall with iPhone 5 and millions of older iPhones as well, so with such a busy 4th quarter Apple will likely face major strain on resources. Some analysts believe that a specs refresh at the end of July is better, or if this window is missed then nothing should happen until a major upgrade in 2013 with the Retina iMac.
The start of this month started to show hints of an iMac refresh when stock started to run low with popular retailers, although it later proved incorrect and this had only been certain promotions causing issues. Following this report potential buyers are now pinning hopes on October, and hope the upgrade will include their wished for features like USB 3.0 and faster processing power.
Could you wait until 2013 for a new iMac? If you are like us and bought the 2011 iMac then it might not be such a big deal to wait a little longer, although those of our readers that skipped last years iMac might find waiting until 2013 a bit much. It all depends on the value you put on the Retina display, and if you do want this feature then it looks like you got to wait until 2013 no matter what happens this year.