Retina iMacs Coming In October [Rumor]

Retina iMacs Coming In October [Rumor]

The world’s most popular all-in-one is expected to get a Retina display this October.

Based on its less than reliable track record, we always take DigiTimes reports with a hefty helping of salt. We wouldn’t advise you to read too much into this one, then, but it’ll certainly be interesting to those of you who are awaiting the new iMac refresh.

According to sources in Apple’s “upstream supply chain,” the Cupertino company’s new all-in-one desktop will enter production this month, ready for its debut “possibly around October.” Despite recent reports, the sources also claim that there is a “high chance” the machine will follow the new MacBook Pro and ship with a high-resolution Retina display.

DigiTimes reports:

Apple’s supply chain reportedly will start supplying components for the mass production of Apple’s upcoming new iMac all-in-one PC in July with the device’s official launch possibly around October, according to sources from upstream supply chain.

The sources also noted that Apple plans to expand Retina display into all the product lines, meaning that the new iMac will have a high chance of featuring Retina display; however, the rumors are not confirmed by Apple.

Apple obviously has plans to extend the Retina display into its entire Mac lineup — just as it has done with iOS devices — as the company looks to “surpass its competitors in terms of screen resolution.” But as you’d expect, Retina displays are significantly more expensive than the “Full HD” displays that Windows PC makers have been pushing.

In addition to these rumors, DigiTimes also reports that we will see redesigned iMacs and Mac Pros in 2013.

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  • Kenton Presbrey

    I really hope this rumor is true. I guess there really isn’t any question as to what Apple is doing with their enormous pile of cash. Let’s just hope they are able to keep their Macs at the current price point even with these new powerful retina displays.

    I wonder what the PC zealots are going to say if the entire Mac line-up consist of retina displays and stay near the same price. Its going to be hard for them to make their favorite argument that Macs are “overpriced.” Overpriced compared to what? There is no way that PC manufacturers are going to be able to make a comparable machine under $1000 or even $2000. Furthermore, PC manufacturers are at least 3 years behind Apple at this point and will never be able to fully catch up. By the time all the PC vendors have retina displays Apple will be on to their next ground breaking innovation. Siri on the Mac would be nice, get rid of the keyboard all together..Lol

  • FilthyMacNasty

    By the time all the PC manufacturers have retina displays, there will be less PC manufacturers. Their profit margins can’t get much thinner. So much for being partners with Microsoft.

    The next generation of iMacs will further the decline of desktop Windows PCs in the home.

  • thegraphicmac

    I think people overestimate the enticement factor of the retina display. It looks fantastic, but the current 27″ iMac’s display is pretty awesome as it is – certainly good enough for 90% of the average consumers who buy iMacs.

    If the price remains the same, then yeah, the retina display might sway you to the iMac vs. any other desktop. But if there is a price premium placed on a retina iMac vs. the same iMac with standard LCD, I suspect the sales of the retina iMac would be much less.

  • technochick

    1. the Retina iMac will happen but only with the top line model, not all of them
    2. Retina doesn’t equal a double pixel count. the math is only about a 12% increase
    3. Oct 2012 is the start of Fiscal 2013 for Apple.

    They will also be updating the Cinema Display line up for more physical sizes, Retina screens, HDMI inputs (which is what some folks think is going to be a ‘real’ tv)

  • easydone101

    I stopped reading after “Digitimes”

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