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) is expected to sell 30% more iMacs this year after the company
switches panel suppliers and updates the hardware.
, the update will
include a touch screen. It is also unlikely to include a Retina
Display, which has once again passed over the MacBook Air to ensure
that the price remains as low as possible.
How might Apple upgrade the iMacs beyond their sleek and stylish
2012 redesign? The processor is likely to get a boost from
). Apple could also make the Fusion Drive more affordable by
reducing the price or by making it a standard feature of the 2013
At the very least Apple could improve the speakers, which are
than the 2011 iMacs
These updates are unlikely to compare to the Mac Pro, however,
which will become Apple's most powerful machine when it is released
later this year. While it is not yet known when the Mac Pro will
ship, DigiTimes' industry supply chain sources claim that the new
iMac is due "in the second half of the year." Considering that the
first half is almost over, that estimate is a pretty safe bet.
On the downside, suppliers will reportedly experience massive
declines by the end of the second quarter -- if they haven't
already. This is due to the various adjustments that Apple is
making to the new iMac, which it believes will sell more units than
the previous iteration.
During the adjustment period, supply shipments could drop by as
much as 60%. They should return to normal during the third quarter,
To ensure that Apple has enough supplies to meet demand this fall,
the company might partner with alternatives for its iMac panels.
LG Display Co Ltd.
), which provided the panels for last year's model, had low yields
last year, which apparently hurt sales of the iMac. Apple does not
want to risk another, similar incident, so it may look elsewhere --
or partner with multiple panel makers.
While the Mac Pro will be assembled in the United States, Apple has
not said if and when it will mass-produce iMacs domestically. Some
models (particularly custom-built configurations) are
already being assembled in America
. Long term, the company plans to spend
to assemble Macs locally.
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