Rumor Alert: Apple Begins Production of Next-Generation iMac

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An unknown source from Apple’s upstream supply chain informed DigiTimes that a mass production of iMac will start this month. This is to make sure that the company’s all-in-one desktop will make it to the October launch. There were also rumors that the desktop computer will feature a Retina Display, in line with the company’s attempt to expand the high-definition screen to its entire Mac lineup.

The sources also noted that Apple plans to expand Retina Display into all the product lines, meaning that the new iMac will have a high chance of featuring Retina Display; however, the rumors are not confirmed by Apple.

The unnamed source also pointed out that Apple is hoping to push Retina Display for its products in hopes of getting ahead against its competitors, which still features Full HD display for their product.

However, the display’s cost hinders the iMac maker to bring the Retina Display to its desktop product. There are also limited content that can support the high-definition display. Additionally, Apple’s high-resolution screen is more expensive than Full HD panels that are being used for Windows PC. Because of this, a lot of PC vendors don’t have plans to launch a Retina Display-equipped product as of the moment.

With an estimated sale of 1.22 million units during the first quarter of this year, the iMac is considered as the most popular all-in-one computer worldwide. As posted on DigiTimes: “Currently, Apple is the largest all-in-one PC vendor worldwide and is also a top-five vendor of the desktop PC market in terms of shipments.”

It is available in 21.5- and 27-inch screen sizes, with the current model now supports Intel Sandy Bridge processors and high-speed Thunderbolt ports.

What Lies Ahead for Apple’s iMac?

On the other hand, there were claims that the company will release a redesigned iMac next year together with a new Mac Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed last month that the company is planning to update its Mac Pro desktop with a new, “really great” model next year.

An email from the CEO confirmed that they are working on a professional-level Mac, which is expected to be released in 2013. This email allays the fears of current Mac Pro owners that the product will be ditched sometime soon. As stated on the message:

Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year.

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