2012's Biggest Mac Leaks and Rumors

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The iPhone and iPad tend to dominate the rumor scene for a number of reasons. Most signficantly, the total audience for iOS devices is larger and growing more rapidly than for Macs. Apple's Mac line has of course also been growing, but at a much slower pace. Also, given the maturity of the line, changes in the Mac line tend to be more incremental.

    Still, looking back, we've seen a fair number of Mac-related leaks that preceded each product launch.

    Perhaps the most reliable leaks have been from benchmark suites such as Geekbench, as we've seen benchmark leaks of unreleased Mac products several times now. These have all turned out to be accurate predictors of final Mac releases, sometimes with a several month lead time.

    Here are some of the photo leaks we saw in 2012 for the Mac:

    13" MacBook Pro

    This pre-WWDC 13" MacBook Pro leak revealed that the 13" MacBook Pro would see little in the way of upgrades. Despite many comments about the easy fake-ability of the leak, the image turned out to be accurate. The 13" MacBook Pro wouldn't see Retina upgrades until later in 2012.

    15" MacBook Pro

    15" MacBook Pro logic board - June 2012​
    This 15" MacBook Pro logic board shot showed that Apple was switching to NVIDIA GPUs ahead of the launch. It also showed hints that Apple was keeping the current MacBook Pro design around, as the layout was identical to existing models.


    iMac internals and design - October 2012​
    This was the first we heard of the newly redesigned iMac, which was described as "considerably thinner than the current form factor".
    13" Retina MacBook Pro

    13" Retina MacBook Pro images - October 2012​
    This was our first look at the thinner 13" Retina MacBook Pro and showed the various ports and 2560x1600 resolution of the new machine.

    MacBook Pro and Retina Lineups

    From an informational perspective, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shown that he has had a clear view of Apple's timeline and has been able to report accurately on that topic. Kuo was the first to suggest in June that Apple was going to create a separate line of MacBook Pros with Retina displays while keeping the existing product line in place.

    Some of the responses in the discussion thread at the time were of disbelief:
    Of course, Apple did splinter the line by introducing a new (more expensive) "Retina" line of MacBook Pro products. Kuo also predicts that Apple will reintegrate the line in 2013, offering a single 13" and 15" MacBook Pro line with Retina displays and doing away with the non-Retina Macbook Pros that are currently being offered.

    Mac Pro: Not Dead Yet

    Finally, perhaps the most encouraging bit of news from the year for some was the promise that the Mac Pro will see an update in 2013. Tim Cook even responded to a an email from a concerned Mac Pro user. In the email response:
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  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2004
    Cook really said "later next year" for the Mac Pro? Man... I'd be mad if I needed a new Mac Pro and had to wait a year possibly.
  3. macrumors 68000

    Jun 25, 2003
    Funny that the "most encouraging" rumor is the most nebulous and tagged "not dead yet." I'd love to see Apple come out with a new computer that's in between the iMac and current Mac Pro.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    You mean like the whispered "mid tower" Mac? I like that idea. But, to be honest, the Mac Mini has some serious horsepower.
  5. macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2008
    macbook pro line integration

    Any word on what will happen with the price of a macbook pro when they are going to integrate the product line?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2009
    There is a lack of excitement about apple releases now. Whats the point in looking forward to rehash of last years products.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2003
    Yeah, I'm finally at the point I need to look at the dark side. I'm running some 64-bit software and my 5-year old MacPro continually has it's pipes clogged. Once that tax return check comes, there better be some strong indicators of hardware soon.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2007
    Is it time for a return of the Cube?

    A silent workstation class computer in between the current Mini and Pro, with easy expandability, running silently. If they make one, count me in.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2007
    Not gonna happen, I think.

    Personally, I'd love to see a full-blown MacPro on steroids. I can see them scaling down the overall form factor tho.
  10. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Upgradable discrete graphics and I buy my first Mac.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Viva La Mac Pro!
  12. macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    iMac was a pretty big win - I don't think I saw any correct rumours about the new form factor.
  13. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    The 2011 MacMini, model MC816XX/A had a AMD Radeon 6630M option, albeit with 256 MB of VRAM.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    Yes there was, 2012 imac internals and a stament saying it would be very thin around the edges.
  15. Allenbf, Dec 27, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA
    Still want a retina MBA...
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Let's not forget, the year is not over, there COULD be more leaks to come.
  17. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Technically though, they would be for 2013 products since one thing is sure : no new products are coming out this year.
  18. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I meant a desktop variant that could upgraded down the road ala the mac pro :)

    even if it has to be 'mac flashed' or whatever the term is for the mac compatible vid cards on ebay.

    no mobile chips!
  19. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    In a Mac Mini... keep dreaming, not happening.

    The 2011 Mac Mini still had discrete graphics, no matter how you slice it.
  20. Guest


    Aug 5, 2012
    slow news day?
  21. macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    The Verge is saying that the US built macs will be mac minis.
  22. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    yea, Im not debating that.

    Just saying macs are a nobuy for me until they have upgradable desktop discrete graphics.

    I can't justify the price tag on the current mac pro.
  23. macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2002
    Rockland County, New York
    Typical "year in review" and "best of" fillers for the holiday season - easy to put up because they can mostly be done with cut and paste... ...and endemic in many media, not just tech gadget sites....
  24. macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2012
    London, England
    ...but in a permanent vegetative state :(
  25. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2010

    That purple loop pile carpet (or rug or whatever it is) upon which is a part of a finished Macbook pro, with the rest of it tantalisingly out of frame is as burned into my brain as any of the most famous iconic photos of the 20th century.


    The the graphics card that it did have was a mobile model, no matter how you slice it.

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