Apple’s (AAPL) component suppliers in the Far East continue to experience mass production issues that will keep the iPad mini and new iMac All-in-One computer lineup in short supply until some time in the first quarter next year, a new report claims. Citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes on Tuesday reports that LG Display and AU Optronics continue to see display panel production issues for the new iPad mini tablet that likely won’t be fully resolved until some time next quarter. According to the site’s sources, iPad mini shipments will total just 6 million units in the fourth quarter this year, 40% short of the 10 million-unit target set by Apple. More →
Apple (AAPL) announced on Tuesday that its completely redesigned 21.5-inch iMac will available at Apple Stores and “select Apple Authorized Resellers” beginning November 30th, while the larger redesigned 27-inch iMac will be ready to ship some time in December. The new iMacs are the company’s first all-in-one computers to completely ditch the optical drive in order to achieve its 5mm thick edges, sport 75% reduction in screen reflection and 60% faster graphics performance. It’s not all about weight loss, though. The new iMacs have Apple’s new “Fusion Drive” – a hybrid SSD and HDD that work in tandem to significantly boost read and write speeds. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,299 with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT640M graphics, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTA 660M graphics, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive as well. Apple’s press release follows below. More →
Reports claiming Apple’s (AAPL) newly redesigned iMacs are delayed until 2013 are said to be untrue, according to 9To5Mac. A French blog reported last week that the Cupertino-based company’s new all-in-one computers would not be ready for the holiday shopping season due to difficulties suppliers were facing with the iMac’s advanced welding process. 9To5Mac’s sources have said that Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac model will be available for purchase online and in retail stores by the end of the month, however, while the 27-inch model is still on track to launch in December. The website notes that there is a “high chance” the larger model will be available for purchase around the same time as the 21.5-inch model. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously revealed that the new iMacs are expected to be in short supply due to time constraints the company’s manufacturing partners have faced along with heavy demand from consumers.
The new iMacs may not be home for Christmas. Via AppleInsider, French blog MacBidouille reports that Apple’s (AAPL) new iMac all-in-one PC models will not be ready for sale by the holiday shopping season. The blog speculates that Apple is having supply-chain difficulties, as its manufacturers are struggling with an “advanced welding process.” The new iMacs are quite an impressive fete of engineering, with edges that measure in at just 5 millimeters thin despite having display sizes of 21.5 inches and 27 inches. In other words, it’s not surprising that they’re challenging to mass produce.
Apple (AAPL) unveiled a completely redesigned lineup of iMac computers at its press event in San Francisco last week. In traditional fashion, the Cupertino-based company was able to cut the new iMac’s size by 40%, making it the thinnest all-in-one PC in the world at just 5 millimeters thick. According to a recent report, the secret behind Apple’s new iMacs lies in the LCD display, which is 45% thinner than that of the previous generation. More →
The new iMacs are so thin not only because of a new laminated glass and screen combo, but because Apple (AAPL) removed the optical drive. Whereas it makes sense for MacBook notebooks to lose the DVD drive to increase portability and make room for a bigger battery, weight isn’t really an issue for a desktop computer because it doesn’t really get transported very often. Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller sat down with TIME to explain the evolving state of the iMac. More →
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.