Lots of sites are looking back at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.
As the 21.5” iMacs started selling in stores and being shipped to those who pre-ordered, buyers have noticed that certain models of the iMac say that they were “Assembled in USA.” If you’re familiar with Apple’s workings, you’ll know that this is unusual, since most of the company’s gadgets get assembled in China by Foxconn employees.
The folks at iFixit disassembled the new 21.5″ iMacs, which went on sale just yesterday, to reveal a number of interesting tidbits about Apple’s ultra-thin all-in-one. iFixit also found that the steps Apple has taken to reduce the thickness of the iMac has made it very difficult to repair or upgrade components within the iMac.
As expected, Apple’s all-new ultrathin iMacs are now available on Apple’s Online Store.
The new iMacs sport an ultrathin design, powered by the latest generation quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with 8GB RAM, improved display with reduced reflection and an innovative storage called Fusion Drive (optional), which combines the high storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high performance of flash storage.
I know we’re all still focused on iTunes 11, but a couple days ago Apple confirmed that the new, ultra-thin iMac will be in stores November 30th and we’ve gotten word that sales materials are now being made available to retailers. A screen shot from an email sent to retail partners makes it clear that Apple is, indeed, ready for an iMac launch soon.