Why are people so sure of an iMac refresh in a month?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Dykstra, May 21, 2013.

  1. Dykstra macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2013
    The late 2012 iMac was released 172 days ago. People were literally just getting them in February after ordering at launch. Do you actually think 4 months after the majority of people get it that they'll release the newer model?
  2. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    Yes, they will. It would be weird to have an updated line (MacBooks) while have an outdated line of desktops. Besides, the processors will be available for desktops and laptops, its not costing them anything to update them to the latest available processors.

    The reason why the new model iMac took so long is because of the new design and manufacturing process. The yields are now stable, so the only thing they need to do is update the components: CPU, GPU and Wireless (801.11ac)
  3. Crazy82 macrumors member

    May 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Noone is sure of an update of iMac next month it is just guesses. Frankly I don't think it will be an update for at least 4 monthes.
  4. PJM82 macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I'd go with this. I suspect Apple will stager the launches to avoid constraints in the supply/retail chain etc. I'd expect only to see a refreshed Macbook Air range (maybe retina airs?) and the return (to Europe anyway) of the Mac Pro. Everything else is probably far later in the year if not next year.
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2003
    The short answer is that they're not, they're just guessing.
  6. Jugney macrumors member

    May 6, 2008
    The last iMac refresh was months after the Intel processors update. But there is a difference between a design update (what I would call a refresh, the word you choose), and a processor update. The design is brand new, so that's not likely to change this year. I agree with the others here that even a processor bump is unlikely for WWDC. Though I suppose they did update the rMBP processors just a few months after releasing the 13" model.
  7. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    probably in 9 months time after december 2012, the imac would bump to haswell.

    doubt it will happen in wwdc, as apple would focus on the mbp & mba.
  8. chuckiehina macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2007
    I suspect the reason is that those people are just looking for an excuse to NOT buy an iMac now. It does not seem to be a rationale excuse, but it is still an excuse.
  9. jmhart macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    I only recall seeing one rumor of a June iMac refresh, but I don't think anybody really latched onto that date. Most of us who do believe there will be a 2013 refresh think it'll happen around Sept/Oct.

    I don't think for a minute their shortages and late shipments will affect the new release time frame which is why I decided early on to hold off buying until this coming fall. I don't use my Macs for any time critical or business applications, so there's no reason for me not to hold off until the timing and buying cycle is ideal--and the 2012 iMac release cycle was FAR from ideal. ;)


    Anybody would be wise to look for any excuse not to buy now when it comes to technology. You buy when you need to and not before or you're likely spending more than you need to for hardware that's soon to be outdated and discounted.
  10. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    It happened actually .. When Macbook Pro was updated to Ivy Bridge and 15" retina, the iMac is still Sandy Bridge.

    No matter what you say, desktop computers like iMac, more over MacPro tend to be updated in a slower pace than their laptops.
  11. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    What does it matter apple always refreshes their machines about twice a year , what matters you own the latest and greatest iMac. I'am still using a late 2009 model although I am trying to sell it, it is still working great for surfing the net, watching iTunes movies etc to get me by whenever somebody forks the cash for it.
  12. richard13 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    This is the first I'm hearing of a rumored refresh of the iMac next month. But now that you've brought it to my attention, yea, I would welcome the move if it included 802.11ac and maybe a bump in graphics.

    The fact that some people didn't get their orders for the late 2012 iMac until February is irrelevant. The current model will be over 6 months old by June. If newer technology is available Apple should incorporate it into it's products regardless of when the last refresh was.
  13. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    First off, there's only a buzz about it because there was that article about that WiFi card (that could just as easily be in a Haswell Retina and/or a Haswell Air in addition to an eventual Haswell iMac; they have had multiple generations that use the same model of WiFi board.

    Man, you clearly do not know what you are talking about. Apple, multiple generations in a row now has updated the iMac months after updating the MacBook Pro models. It has been a consistent occurrence since 2007.
  14. Scrapula macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    iMac sales are flat due to low desktop demand overall. If anything, the Mac Pro will get updated. I don't see the iMac getting a refresh just yet.
  15. Crazy82 macrumors member

    May 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Another reason the iMac won't get a refresh at the WWDC is it just will be a refresh not a design update and usally refreshes is quiet on the apple store except for the Ios devices.
  16. Mister Bumbo macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2012
    I didn't think Haswell Desktop processors were ready yet? Only laptop ones?
  17. Zandros, May 22, 2013
    Last edited: May 22, 2013

    Zandros macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Unless they are close enough to coincide with an event that is taking place anyway. Like last years dubdub, when the Macbooks Air and Pro got a refresh and were mentioned on stage. And the Mac mini refresh was mentioned, albeit in passing, at the October Special Event.

    There have been times where refreshes have been made in conjunction with an event and not mentioned too.

    So I don't think the causal chain event thus no iMac refresh is true.

    Not that I think there will be an iMac refresh at dubdub, if anything it'll be laptops.
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Nope. Seems outlandish.
  19. karpich1 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    News to me

    News to me.

    People are guessing at some iteration of the MacBooks (Pro and Air) since things are lining up... Haswell, long period since non-Retina updates, etc.

    And some are thinking Mini since they're starting to get close. But I think the chances here are slim since they'd put mobile updates in the older laptops first. Though with Haswell they're hoping for a better integrated GPU.

    But iMacs? Really? I haven't read too many posts asking / suggesting that. It hasn't been very long since the last refresh... and heck knock off maybe a month from THAT since they weren't exactly ready to ship when they were supposed to.
  20. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    This is what I think as well. In my eyes it's just too soon for the iMac to be updated again.
  21. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    I do not see the Haswell Chip since it is mainly a laptop chip, ever being in the IMAC I see a new processor for the Imac when Broadwell comes out in 2014.

    But I am just guessing from the history of Desktops and all in ones that have been made by apple in the last few cycles (IMAC PRO ext) have all been very long in the tooth when replaced.

    Now you can say that there have been updates since the first new generation of Imac's came out - different SSD options.

    I do not see a processor update, and they wont change the new external design for at least the next 2-3 years.
  22. Zandros macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    I think that's backwards, from what I've heard (AnandTech/SemiAccurate), there won't be a desktop (socketed) Broadwell.
  23. tomwvr macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2012
    Frederick Maryland
    You are correct - I flipped them in my message :D
  24. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I don't personally think they are going to release any new iMacs until 12 months goes by. Other than when Apple switched to Intel there's never been a time that they have released a new iMac in under 6 months from the current released one.
  25. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Why are people sure of it? Strong wishful thinking.

    You actually never know what Apple will do based on how short the time was between the iPad 3 and iPad 4 and the iMac update could happen soon, however, I also think it will be more like the end of the year before we see an update to the iMacs.

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