It wasn’t much of a surprise, but Apple didn’t make a mention about an updated iMac computer at its annual WorldWide Developer’s Conference last week.
But of course, the lack of mention forced the rumor mill to start churning out some doozies. After the impressive launch of the Macbook Pro with Retina display (which I thought would flop after seeing the high price tag), I think Apple is poised to release the greatest desktop computer to date.
So what are we talking about here? Well it’s rumored that the new iMac will either release this fall alongside the iPhone 5, or in the first quarter of 2013. If it releases after the new year, expect big things. If it’s alongside the iPhone 5, I don’t think Apple would drop two amazing products on the same day.
Expect an iMac and Apple TV event after the new year.
What will be so special about this iMac? First off, it won’t be touchscreen. That’s a stupid idea that has made its way around the web ever since the iPad was released. It will, however, feature a Retina display.
That means a humungous amount of pixels jammed into a 21-inch or 27-inch screen. Apple will certainly call it the greatest display on a device they’ve ever released.
The new iMac will also be faster by utilizing solid-state flash memory. It’ll push the envelope and offer up to a terabyte of space. Also expect USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports to be incorporated into a radically new design.
This new design won’t have the black frame around it like the current iMac. It’ll be more screen edge to edge.
After the WWDC, a concerned Apple fanboy emailed Tim Cook to ask why no update to the iMac or Mac Pro, as rumored. Cook replied saying that Pro users are quite important to us and to not worry as “we’re working on something really great for later next year.”
To me, that means Apple is going to add a new category to its iMac lineup. To kickoff 2013, say hello to the first iMac Pro — a machine that will have past Mac Pro tower users scratching their heads and thinking about how they will upgrade.
Think I’m on to something? If you disagree, let me know what’s coming in the next iMac.