iMac Update Might Be Coming Sooner Rather Than Later

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Back in mid-May, a pair of Geekbench 2 benchmarks that claimed to be from unreleased MacBook Pro and iMac models appeared, setting off speculation that updates to both lines might be imminent if the entries were indeed legitimate. But with Apple not updating the iMac earlier this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, those looking for an upgraded all-in-one desktop Mac have been left waiting.

    With updated MacBook Pro models reaching the public, Primate Labs highlighted some of the benchmarks yesterday, and the details for the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro match up nearly exactly with what appeared in the entry from last month, all but confirming that it was indeed a legitimate leak.

    Now with that information in hand, it pays to revisit the iMac benchmark that appeared around the same time, and while the two benchmarks aren't necessarily linked, it could generate hope that an updated iMac may still be right around the corner. The iMac benchmark referred to an "iMac13,2" model running a 3.4 GHz Core i7-3770 quad-core processor with 4 GB of 1600 MHz RAM, and while it is possible that the information could have been faked, Primate Labs previously reported that it believes the entry to be legitimate.


    Further fueling speculation of a near-term iMac update is recent confusion in which it was initially reported that Apple representatives had told reporters that new iMac and Mac Pro models would likely be arriving in 2013. But following publication of those reports, Apple press relations staff specifically clarified those remarks to note that only the Mac Pro would be seeing the 2013 update. The assumption related to that clarification is of course that an iMac update is very likely to come sooner than the end of this year.

    It has already been over 400 days since the iMac was last updated, and Ivy Bridge processors appropriate for the iMac have been available since late April. Consequently, it seems likely that the iMac will still be receiving an update in the relatively near future despite not making an appearance at this week's conference.

    As for what improvements the next-generation iMac will see beyond Ivy Bridge, at least one mainstream news report has claimed that Apple is working on Retina displays for the iMac, although we previously analyzed how daunting of a task it would be to support four times the number of pixels found on the current models, particularly on a 27-inch display. Other sources have claimed that Apple is working on anti-reflective glass for the iMac, rumors that may have gained some support with Apple having touted this week that the Retina MacBook Pro's display produces 75% less glare than non-Retina models.

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  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    This would make sense considering the processor and core changes to the Macbook line, and how both the Macbook and iMac share similar architectures to begin with.

    I am totally in the market for a new iMac to replace a G5 system at my Parent's house, but I really would like to have the inclusion of USB3 and other tweaks.

    Really hoping the 'sooner' is within a month or two!
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2008
    Now i've got to choose between waiting for the iMac or jumping on the retina macbook. first world problems.

    The MBP's were scoring 12,300 so how do they compare speed wise? the pro will be quicker than the iMac??

  4. theSeb, Jun 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012

    macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    That's what I posted yesterday. I demand ROYALTIES!!!

    :mad: :mad: :mad:


    I am expecting the 2013 iMac redesign to include a high-resolution panel, the vibrating pen patent as an extra input device and the foldable iMac patent thrown together. This will be a direct attack and answer to MS's Metro interface.

    In 2012 I am expecting a spec bump to USB 3, Ivy Bridge and Nvidia for the iMac. It would be silly to keep the specifications different from the MBP
  5. macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    I almost bought my new iMac today.... Now this is going to make me wait... Ughh!
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
  7. macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    Imagine a retina display with those pixel numbers. that would be insane!

    I'm also pleased with all these Mac rumors we have been seeing :)
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 9, 2011
    southerner trapped 'up north' (UK)
    this is precisely why i am not jumping up and down to get a macbookpro
    retina imacs, imagine a 30" retina iMac :eek::eek::eek:.... dies and goes to heaven

    I was considering a thunderbolt display - but a top-end iMac with SSD and itb drive in the second hdd slot would be awesome!
  9. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Makes perfect sense to me.

    Small spec bump this summer. Ivy Bridge + Kepler.

    Possible redesign next year.
  10. macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    Might see iMac and Mac mini Spec bumps (Processors, USB 3.0, Etc...) with the release of Mountain lion.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008
    I'd like an idea to. Maybe you can compare the old MBP to the iMacs and see?
  13. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Wait. I apparently didn't read the comments too closely yesterday. There were actually people who thought that news meant there would be no iMac updates until the bigger change next year?
  14. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2006
    Just waiting for the announcement of a new iMac before I buy one.
  15. macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2011
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2003
    It doesn't have to be pixel-doubled to be Retina. It'll only take a small-moderate bump in resolution to get iMacs to the pixel density needed to be "retina". That goes for the Thunderbolt display as well.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    I've had MacBook pro 17 inchers for 5 years now. But this is what I want to upgrade to: iMac 27" retina with 16gb memory and desktop class processor. It'll beat the pants off my first gen i7 mbp.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
  19. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
  20. macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    As long as it's out by the time school starts again, I'll be happy. Honestly I'd be happy with the current, but that would suck to buy and a month later the new one is out.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2003
    Hong Kong
    I'd rather purchase an end of line upgraded iMac this year than wait for the supposed 'fantastic' revamp that in the offering for next year.

    I've never been a early adopter, preferring any significant issues are removed before getting my hands on one - the current design suits me fine, the LCD issues are known - a big pain to get repaired - but known at least, and it works just fine - so, a move to Ivy Bridge, better GPU - I hopes its actually another AMD - and perhaps support for USB3 makes for quite a good machine - one actually that should last out its AppleCare warranty.

    Still, I won't get excited anymore, after all the let downs of the past 4 weeks, its just wait and see - if Apple fail to upgrade, I'll spend a similar amount on a Hackintosh with top end GPU and 'K' class i7 processor - not sure what I'll do about FW800 support though?
  22. macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Sunnyvale CA USA
    Why do we still need the iMac?

    For those of you who are anxiously awaiting an update of the iMac, I have a different question: why? What does it do for you that a MacBook Pro and a display would do for you?

    I don't see any features that the iMac has that the MacBook doesn't have. Please educate me.

    I have a several year old iMac that had its hard disk fail. Repairing it was such a miserable task that I just decided to run off an external disk as my main disk. Grrr. With the MacBook Pro (not Air or Retina), maintenance is easy and I wouldn't have has a problem replacing the hard disk.

    Unless there is something I am missing here, I cannot imagine buying another iMac.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    I hope the iMac with Retina Display will not have soldered memory or SSD.

    I want to buy 32GB of RAM from a third party and hopefully upgrade the hard drive past 4TB one day.

    Also hope Apple use a serious GPU within the realm of a NVIDIA GTX 670, 680 or even a 690.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2008
    Tokyo, Japan
    Prediction: Ivy Bridge updated iMac and Mac Mini released in mid-late July.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008
    We don't buy to wait for something to break have to send it for repair anyhow son what difference does it make for the UPS man to pickup a iMac or macbook?

    Major benefits; screen size (duh)
    Faster than MacBooks

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