As far as Apple products go, it seems likely that in the coming weeks, the spotlight isn’t only going to belong to the new iPhone or the iPad mini.
According to a recent report from Fox News host Clayton Morris, the release for a new, upgraded line of iMac desktops is “imminent,” which means that we can expect to hear the product announcement as soon as within the upcoming weeks. As indicated by Morris’s own sources, the new models are likely to come with features such as the inclusion of new Ivy Bridge processor, USB 3.0 ports, better graphical capabilities, retina display, and bigger SSD capacities. Given the possible lack of an optical drive, the product is also expected to be more lightweight than its predecessor, and will have a much slimmer proportion.
While the announcement for the next iMac desktops can reasonably be expected to happen soon, the exact dates are still up for grabs. As the September 12 event is likely to only be dedicated to the iPhone 5 announcement, the general consensus is that the company will unveil the new iMacs at a later date, much like the case with the iPad mini.
Interestingly, TUAW has pointed out that on Apple’s official website, it is shown that the “21.5-inch” and “27-inch” iMac models may be available for order across the US starting “September 19th.” It is predicted that this may be the earliest date during the new iMac models are announced and made available to the general masses. Whether this will apply to both models remains to be seen, however, as there are reports pointing to the problems Apple is having with display production of the 27-inch models. KGI security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that the larger iMac model might not be released until sometime during October.