As fans await the launch of the new iPhone 5, some reports are now indicating that Apple is also getting ready to release new iMacs. The reports by various news media indicate that the new machines will be built around Intel 's Ivy Bridge processors and will feature USB 3.0.
The all-in-one iMac line hasn't been updated for over a year, and currently uses quad-core Intel Core i5 chips. Speculation is centering on the possibility that the new lineup could be rolled out as early as Sept. 12, the press event when the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is expected to launch the iPhone 5, several new iPods, and the company's new iOS 6 operating system.
Benchmarking, 27-Inch Clues
However, other reports suggest that the iMac rollout will not happen next week, but next month. The company is also expected to unveil an iPad Mini with a 7- or 8-inch screen in October.
One of the reasons for the speculation is that a benchmark test for an iMac 13,2 model had been found on the benchmarking site Geekbench. Some industry observers have speculated that the benchmarking data relates to a new, 27-inch iMac.
Another shred of evidence is based on what's not there. That is, supplies of the 27-inch iMac appear to have diminished or run out in the Apple store, while the 21-inch model appears to be in plentiful supply.
A key question is whether a new line of iMacs would feature Apple's new Retina high-resolution display. There have been rumors since the spring that Retina is coming to the iMac, but other observers have suggested that the high-end displays remain too expensive for this line.
Larger solid state drives are also expected in a new iMac line, and potentially a thinner design made possible by eliminating the optical drive.
The speculation about iMacs comes as expectations mount about next week. This week, Apple officially confirmed what had floating around the Web -- that it would hold a press event on Sept. 12.
The confirmation came in the form of a press invitation on Tuesday that showed the number 12 casting a shadow in the shape of a 5, which has been taken by all to indicate the announcement of the new iPhone 5. "It's almost here," the invitation said.
While some speculation has been directed at the possible refresh of the iMac line, most has been focused on what the new iPhone would look like.
Many observers believe the new smartphone will feature a somewhat larger screen than the current 3.5-inch one, that it might be a thinner device, and that it will have 4G LTE . There have also been purportedly leaked photos showing that the venerable 30-pin connector will be replaced with an 8-pin one. This could allow for a larger battery , but would mean that all those accessories designed for 30 pins would be obsolete unless an adapter was used.