Many hardcore Mac fans are unhappy. They believe that they’ve been forgotten about as Apple continues to become a mobile computing powerhouse. 530 days since the last iMac update, and 125/636 since the Mac Pro was refreshed these disgruntled Mac users may have some legitimate concerns.
MacRumors.com reported today that the internals of a possible iMac update have been found and photographed on a WeiPhone.com forum post. The photo and forum comments suggest a thinner “water droplet” design, a better quality display and an increased price. It took me by surprise that this news seems like the worst thing in the world for many MacRumors’ users. They want more power and expandability, which makes me wonder why they are on an Apple website in the first place. Apple doesn’t want their users to be messing around with the innards of their devices, especially when having this option results in bigger computers. The amount of people who will swap out the parts of a computer are a tiny, dwindling minority. If you are interested in that sort of thing then you already know the iMac isn’t for you. Apple probably isn’t for you either.
What I’m going to guess will happen is a repeat of the MacBook Pro refresh that happened in June. Both iMac versions will be given decent spec bumps, USB3 ports and the like. However there will also be a 21.5inch retina iMac released. This version will be more powerful, and thinner. It will do away with an optical drive, use SSDs instead of spinning hard disks, and may even have soldered on RAM. You won’t be opening up this machine.
Next year when the Haswell processors are released a 27inch retina iMac will follow in the new design, and the year after that it will be a surprise to find a non-retina Apple product.
Regardless of what happens, the internet forums won’t be happy.