July 3, 2012

Retina Display iMacs This Fall?

Michael Harper for - Your Universe Online

You can´t have too much of a good thing. Therefore, when Steve Jobs first showed us the beautiful Retina display on the iPhone 4, we immediately wanted every Apple device to be given the same treatment. Retina on iPads, Retina on MacBooks, Retinas Retinas Everywhere!

Of course, Apple has been busy rolling out these gorgeous displays to these devices. Now, the iPad and a MacBook Pro have been sufficiently Retina´d. Surely Apple won´t stop there, right?

Before we dive into the latest Retina Rumors, let´s take a look at what we already know. Apple has clearly shown some interest in updating their most popular devices to the Retina display. First, their biggest hit (at the time) got the Retina treatment, bringing the super high-definition display to millions of iPhone users.

In 2 years time, the iPad began to skyrocket in popularity, outselling any other tablet device. Apple bestowed the Retina mantle on their tablets next. Makes sense, right?

After seeing the MacBook Air, many Mac fans began to ask for a best-of-all-worlds culmination, a super-thin computer with the power of the MacBook Pro and the display of a Retina iPad. Apple revealed their latest technological feat last month in their Retina Display MacBook Pro. With a starting price of $2,199, it´s not likely this computer will have the same kind of saturation seen with previous Retina´d iDevices, however.

While many were pleased with Apple´s updates and announcements at WWDC 2012, (new MacBook Pro as well as updated MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs) many were left wondering when Apple would update their older Macs, namely the iMac and Mac Pro lines. After all, we had seen some credible rumors that Apple would shine some love on these old and dusty machines.

After Tim Cook and the Apple Elite walked off the stage at Moscone West without announcing updates to these lines, David Pogue, technology writer for the New York Times, took to his blog to wrap up the day´s announcements. Then, in the last 2 paragraphs, Pogue snuck in this minor detail: “Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro. An executive did assure me, however, that new MacPro designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.” confirmed this, saying one of their readers had emailed Tim Cook directly to ask for new Mac Pros. Cook´s answer? “We´re working on something really great for later next year.”

New Mac Pros would be great, but what about Retina iMacs and Retina Cinema Displays to connect to a Mac Pro?

Stay with me, dear Reader. I´ve taken you down the scenic route for reasons which will become instantly clear to you in the following sentence:

Today, DigiTimes is reporting that we´ll be seeing a new, Retina Display iMac this October, according to “upstream supply chain sources.”

As anyone who follows Apple rumors knows, DigiTimes doesn´t have a great track record when it comes to future, unreleased Apple products.

However, given what we already know, in addition to a new operating system which can support these high-def displays, DigiTimes might not be too far off. In fact, even Instapaper developer Marco Arment said last month he had heard new Retina´d iMacs would be arriving this fall. Apple clearly wants to bring Retina displays to each of their devices, and, true to Apple´s heritage, they´ve been careful to roll it out slowly, likely ensuring that they can build these devices efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Looking at this information, it seems feasible that Apple will be rolling out new Retina iMacs soon, maybe even as soon as this fall.

Maybe DigiTimes will get this one right? And maybe we should start saving our Jacksons for some new, hot Apple action?