Apple is reportedly prepping a thinner iMac that could roll out at some point in the near future.
The above-mentioned claim is based on images posted to the China-based WeiPhone.com, which depicts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, fans and a hard drive.
Although the origins of the images are somewhat murky, Kyle Wiens of iFixit told MacRumors the components could “plausibly” be from a future iMac, as they appear to show a number of similarities to the current iMac models.
However, as noted above, the new iMac will reportedly be considerably thinner than the current model – with a unique shell design curved like a water droplet.
As AppleInsider’s Sam Oliver points out, the WeiPhone report also reaffirms earlier claims that the new iMac display will be attached to the protective cover glass, allowing the all-in-one desktop to be even thinner.
”Inventory of iMac desktops has been constrained at third-party resellers for some time now,” Oliver explained. “Limited stock of hardware through resellers is often one of the first signs that Apple is drawing down inventory ahead of a product refresh.”
Indeed, Cupertino could unveil a new iMac as soon as this month, as the corporation is expected to launch the oft-rumored iPad Mini on October 23. The could be the perfect opportunity for Apple to showcase its redesigned Mac, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display capabilities.
Interestingly, the redesigned iMac probably won’t boast a high-res Retina display. This is undoubtedly a strategic move on Apple’s part, as including such an expensive display at this point in time would drive the cost of Cupertino’s flagship AIO desktop to new heights.
Nevertheless, Apple is rumored to be prepping a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that will join the 15-inch model – although Retina-caliber displays are apparently not yet available for 21.5-inch and 27-inch screens.
“It’s possible that if the iMac lineup is refreshed, the 21.5-inch model could become available first, with the 27-inch model to follow soon after,” said Oliver. ”[Remember], the new screen lamination process for the redesigned iMac is apparently more difficult with the 27-inch model, which could lead to it launching weeks after the 21.5-inch option.”