Apple to refresh iMac lineup next week with possible CPU speed boosts, sources say

“Apple is reportedly preparing to refresh the iMac lineup next week, though changes expected for the company’s all-in-one desktop are thought to be minor component upgrades and processor speed boosts,” AppleInsider reports.

“According to a report from French Apple blog MacGeneration, Apple will roll out new iMacs at the tail end of next week,” AppleInsider reports. “Beyond the tentative date, the site’s source — who accurately predicted the recent MacBook Air update — had no further information as to what the refresh will entail.”

AppleInsider reports, “Without a big event or announcement, it is unlikely that a Retina display iMac will see release next week. Instead, the publication believes minor spec bumps like processor speed boosts are on tap, much like the recent MacBook Pro refresh in April.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

20 Comments

  1. If Apple’s plans for keeping the Mac lineup fresh don’t go any further than just inserting this year’s Intel chipset, this is a HUGE disappointment. Slow tiny incremental updates like this are precisely why desktop uses are saying that Cook has abandoned the Mac platform and is spending all of Apple’s resources on services and music streaming. LAME!!!

    – Haven’t seen any Mac Pros yet at resellers.
    – Haven’t seen a 4k resolution display, nor a Thunderbolt display that matches the iMac.
    – The iMac and MacBook lineups are continually made less user-serviceable with each generation.
    – Haven’t seen an update to the Mac Mini for eons.
    – Macbooks are all overdue for updates with Retina across the board.
    – There is still a huge opportunity for a mid-level tower (headless iMac) for small business and home users who already have the displays and peripherals they like.
    – Apple’s US store shows all kinds of colorful 3rd party iOS accessories, but not a single picture of a Thunderbolt peripheral or any Mac computer aside from the tiny one on the top toolbar. Doesn’t anyone at Apple want to sell Macs anymore???

    What is going on, APPLE ?!?!?!?!?

    1. “There is still a huge opportunity for a mid-level tower (headless iMac) for small business and home users who already have the displays and peripherals they like.”

      Would this not be the Mac Mini?

    2. – “The iMac and MacBook lineups are continually made less user-serviceable with each generation.
      – Haven’t seen an update to the Mac Mini for eons.
      – There is still a huge opportunity for a mid-level tower (headless iMac) for small business and home users who already have the displays and peripherals they like.”

      Amen. Preach it from the rooftops.

    3. The whole industry is incremental.. You gonna yell at Intel for postponing their processors a year… This argument has no merit, logic, or reality to the industry, and it’s tired…

    1. Most industrial process controllers (ones I worked with, at least) run on Windows, and remain indispensable for now. No easy way around it, Microsoft’s sasquatch-sized footprints are all over manufacturing. Away from the factory floor, many of us have Windows 7 installed on our Macs (but not Win 8; please.)

  2. Everyone here seems to miss the reality:

    A retina iMac would jack the price $400-$600.. At best, this might be an “add on” feature for configured to order..

    The iMacs and MacBook Pros w/Retina we’re update this past winter. Macs are on a 10.5-13 month cycle.. Those are only 6.5-7 months old

    Macs change physical design every 5 generations

    A 4k Thunderbolt would run $2k easily… Who is going to buy that?

    Mac Pros have outsold the last 2 Mac Pros 5x.. And resellers? They won’t keep them in stock. Hell, the one I work for has no intention of keeping them in stock because we might sell 4-5 a quarter and doesn’t want $20k in inventory sitting in the store. We’ll just keep to online orders.

    The only change would be second gen Haswells, which were incremental

    So the question to be asked would be: what exactly needs an upgrade? People keep screaming apple doesn’t know what they are doing, but everything they do is deliberate and with purpose and it’s worked so far. My guess is not one person commenting on here knows anything about supply chain and strategic product cycles.. So freaking impatient… I love their products but good lord.. Reading comments on here sometimes makes me beat my head on a table realizing the lack of logic in people’s demands..

    1. http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac

      Mac mini: 730 days since last update
      MacBook Pro: 590 days since last update
      Retina MBP: 232 days since last update
      iMac: 260 days since last update
      Mac Pro: 175 days since last update
      MBA: 44 days since the most minor “refresh” ever — 323 days since last real update.

      What is Apple’s “update cycle” again?

    2. I wonder about people like you.
      Apple is sitting on $150b but:
      Can’t manage to take on google in search on maps or a host of other fields.
      Ceded the creative pro market to Adobe, who, without competition, is now making customers pay for apps without ever owning them.
      Lost the innovation crown to f*ing Koreans. (What does that tell you??)
      STILL plays second fiddle in the office to M$, with the farcically slow and clunky iCloud……
      Shall we go on?
      What exactly needs an upgrade?!?!?!
      Answer: Apple. They need to upgrade their CEO.

  3. What? So now my 3.5 GHz I7, 8 GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5 video card is now obsolete….?

    Dang!!!
    I’ve been had……

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        I haven’t been there in 35 years. It is the Gateway to the Valley (South Texas), a port town, Navy town, not too far from Houston (but far enough….) or San Antone or the Hill Country.

        I don’t know enough to recommend living there, but it might be a nice place to visit (unless you are a beach bum, then you might want to pitch a tent on North Padre).

        I would certainly prefer the areas north and west of Austin in my choice for Texas (not counting my Metroplex/rural East Texas dual childhood stomping grounds). More to offer the creative type such as you….I am assuming, although Chorpus, in Texas terms, is not too far from those areas anyhow (just 3 hours. Hell, it takes longer than that just to drive across Houston).

        1. I have a house in Roswell but, strange as it might seem, I’ve never gone east.

          Thanks for the info, I knew you would have something for me. Hope I can return the favour sometime, TowerTone!

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