Apple is rumored to release a redesigned iMac that is due to be rolled out later this year. The new all-in-one desktop will be slimmer than its predecessors and will feature anti-reflective displays. The Taiwanese industry website DigiTimes even reported that information technology firm G-Tech is increasing its production of cover glass from 1.8 million to 3 million. Otherwise, they will not be able to supply more than 25% of the cover glass for Apple’s new iPad.
Anti-reflective Glass Displays, First on iMac
Other than cover glass for the new iPad, DigiTimes reported that G-Tech is also expected to supply anti-reflective display for Apple’s desktops. This would be a first for the Cupertino-based company since it has only offered AR glass solutions to its MacBook products as a built-to-order option.
The company’s major overhaul for iMac was in October 2009, when the desktop was introduced as 21.5 and 27-inch models that sports an edge-to-edge glass design. Since then, it is said that Apple has been working on slimmer and lighter models that will be akin to today’s popular LED televisions.
Cutting the Fat on Apple Products
Last November 2011, DigiTimes cited that Apple is planning to cut the fat from its core products like the iPad, iMac, iPhone, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. However, it’s unclear whether the Mac Pro, Mac Mini and iPod will also have an overhaul for the better part of 2012.
While the new iPad arrived on March of this year, the website pointed out that a “real iPad 3” will hit the stores during the third quarter of the year. However, no features for the devices were disclosed. MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is said to experience an extreme overhaul.
It was quietly updated by Apple last November to gear up for Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. The high-end notebook was rumored to incorporate several MacBook Air features such as instant on, standard SSD drives and slimmer enclosure.
Additionally, its optical drives will be removed. The company is allegedly testing an ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook which is considered to fill the role of a next-generation MacBook Pro.
The new iMac is slated for a release during the second half of the year, defining a trend for Apple’s other core products to adopt a slimmer and more streamlined architecture. In relation to this, the company is also working to cut the bulk from peripherals that ship with their AIO desktop like the new slim-form keyboard.