The iPad mini might have stolen the show at Apple’s (AAPL) Tuesday event, but the new redesigned iMac easily comes in second. With 5-millimeter thick edges and a 60% boost in graphics performance, the new iMacs make desktops computers look very attractive again. There’s just one thorn in the 21.5-inch iMac’s side: upgrades. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) press conference is still going strong, and while the iPad mini is clearly the star of the show, the company just took the wraps off its new lineup of iMac computers. The new iMac has been completely redesigned and the new case makes the iMac the thinnest All-in-One PC in the world. The edge around the iMac display is just 5 millimeters thin, and the display is thinner than any previous iMac display. It is also optically bonded, thus removing the 2-millimeter air gap found in prior models. More →
Steve Jobs once said that touchscreen Macs wouldn’t make any sense because your arm would quickly become fatigued from holding it up in the air to poke the screen. So when Chinese company TMDTouch revealed its Zorro Macsk (that’s not a typo) that claimed to be capable of adding multitouch gestures to an iMac with mere plug and play functionality, my interest was piqued. Rather than add a touchscreen panel on top of the iMac, the Zorro Macsk uses infrared technology to track finger input. But does the $199 USB-powered accessory give the iMac a new lease on life? Read on for my full review.
In addition to the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil new iMacs and Mac minis at next Tuesday’s press conference. The iMac is rumored to be getting a redesign with a thinner profile that resembles a water droplet and the Mac mini will be getting a healthy spec boost with USB 3.0 ports, faster processors and more RAM. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will sell both computers with price points that are the same or very close to what current iMacs and Mac minis sell for; the Mac mini will reportedly sell at $599, $799 and $999 and the iMac will fall somewhere in line with $1,199, $1,499, $1,699 and $1,999. Based on those prices, 9to5Mac believes that it’s highly unlikely that the iMacs will sport Retina displays as the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a significant premium price over the non-Retina models.
Apple’s (AAPL) rumored October 23rd iPad mini event is starting to sound really packed. Along with the smaller tablet, the Cupertino-based company is expected to announced a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as well as updated iMacs. Chinese website WeiPhone has posted an image of what it claims is from Apple’s new iMacs. The new desktops are said to be “considerably thinner than the current form factor, with the machine’s thickness almost impossible to gauge when viewed from the side.” The iMac’s squared-off rear design will also be reportedly be replaced with a curvier one that resembles a water droplet. Additionally, the iMac’s screen is reportedly glued to the front glass for improved clarity. The 21.5-inch iMac is expected to get the new design first, with the 27-inch iMac following some time later.
Apple’s (AAPL) manufacturing partners have reportedly begun mass shipping new iMac All-in-One desktop models as well as new 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with Retina displays into distribution channels. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Monday reported that the new computers will likely become available either in September or October to target back-to-school demand. The news comes just after a recent report claiming Apple is preparing to launch a new iMac lineup imminently. Digitimes claims that display panel supply constraints will prevent Apple from launching a new high-end iMac in the coming weeks, but the company still plans to introduce new entry-level and mid-range models. More →
This fall a new era of computing will be ushered in. Not only will Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8 bring a revamped UI that (mostly) ditches the desktop view in favor of a touchscreen-friendly interface inspired by Windows Phone, but PC makers are gearing up for its October 26th launch with Ultrabooks and all-in-one (AIO) computers that emphasize the touchscreen. While Apple’s (AAPL) belief is that touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks wouldn’t work as well as horizontal multi-touch trackpads, Chinese company TMDTouch has decided to step in and fill the gap with a $199 USB-powered cover that converts any 21.5-inch iMac into a touchscreen AIO PC in 10 seconds.
Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 will reportedly share the stage at next week’s press conference with a new lineup of iMac all-in-one computers, according to a new report. Citing multiple unnamed sources, FOX News is reporting that Apple will debut new iMac desktop computers next week and they likely will not include new high-resolution Retina displays as some earlier rumors suggested they might. Apple’s iPhone event seems a peculiar time to unveil new iMacs — the event is expected to otherwise be dedicated to mobile devices including the iPhone 5 and new iPod devices, as well as Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system. Apple’s press conference is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 12th.
UPDATE: FOX News has updated its original story to correct an error and remove the claim that the new iMacs may be announced at next week’s event. The site now reports that new iMacs are “imminent.”
Hidden configuration files found in Boot Camp Assistant suggest Apple (AAPL) may be readying a redesign for its iMac and Mac Pro line of computers, according to AppleInsider. The files contain information that lets the software know what Mac models can install a second operating system from a USB flash drive. While the list includes the existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers, it also includes two new Mac models that have not been released yet — the sixth-generation Mac Pro and the thirteenth-generation iMac. AppleInsider speculates that Apple’s latest desktop computers may omit optical drives after looking at the data — the website notes that while Boot Camp’s list includes models with optical drives, most of the Macs in the supported list do not have physical media drives. More →
As though Apple (AAPL) wasn’t busy enough with the upcoming launches of its sixth-generation iPhone and the iPad mini this fall, the company is apparently preparing to launch the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro and an updated version of its iMac computers this fall as well. MacRumors reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new note Tuesday restating his projection that Apple will release both computers in the September-October timeframe, although he said that their impact will be somewhat limited due to the concurrent releases of the new iPhone and iPad mini. “Consumers’ budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13” Retina MacBook Pro,” wrote Ming-Chi, who also said that supplies of the 13-inch Pro would be “limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues.” More →
Apple’s new mapping technology that is set to debut with the release iOS 6 this fall may be making its way to Mac computers in the near future as well, Technically Personal reported. Developer Cody Cooper found an XML file with a reference to disable shading on a set of Intel based graphics chipsets, which, of course, are not supported by iOS devices. The Cupertino-based company’s references to Intel chipsets seems to be a guarantee that Apple Maps will be coming to Mac computers in some form. Apple unveiled its new mapping solution at its WorldWide Developer Conference in San Francisco last month. The app features turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, Siri support, Yelp integration and 3D flyovers in select locations. More →
Everyone knows Apple plans on releasing its next-generation iPhone this fall, but its flagship smartphone could also share the stage with a next-generation iMac that will come complete with a Retina display. Unnamed supply-chain sources have told DigiTimes that Apple is implementing its Retina Display on all its products so it’s no surprise that the newest version of the iMac will likely have one as well. DigiTimes’s sources say that the supply chain “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.” More →
Apple unveiled updated laptops during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday, but news regarding an update to the company’s desktop lineup was noticeably absent from Monday’s event. Rumors had suggested that Apple’s Mac Pro would receive a significant update and while the desktops did receive a modest spec bump, it was so minute that Apple didn’t even mention the changes on stage. As for the iMac, which was also rumored to be getting a Retina-fueled refresh, Apple’s all-in-one remained untouched. According to a recent report from The New York Times, however, this won’t be the case for much longer. “Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro,” The Times’s David Pogue wrote in a piece that ran soon after Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote on Monday. “An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.” More →