April 16, 2014

2012 iMacs With Core i5 And Core i7 Ivy Bridge Processors Coming In June-July Time Frame [Rumor]


Apple is planning to refresh iMacs with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June-July time frame. A reliable tipster in Chinese supply chain told us that the company is currently ramping up production of thinner 15 inch version of MacBook Pros with same processors which are reportedly coming later this month. According to our source, Ivy Bridge equipped iMacs would be released in June-July time frame this year. Remember that Apple refreshed iMacs in May last year with Intel’s Core i5/Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O port.

Intel recently changed their Ivy Bridge processors launch schedule, according to new schedule 11 models of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors would be released in first roll out later this month which includes:

  • Core i7-3770K
  • Core i7-3770
  • Core i7-3770S
  • Core i7-3770T
  • Core i5-3550

While Core i5-3470, Core i5-3470S, Core i5-3475S, Core i5-3570 and Core i5-3570S will be released in early June. No reports about a possible change in form factor of iMac have surfaced as yet but according a recent report Apple is planning to introduce a new Anti-Glare screen in iMacs:

G-Tech is ramping up its production capacity of cover glass from 1.8 million units a month currently to three million units in 2012 as the company is likely to take up 25-30% of total cover glass orders for Apple’s iPads in the year, according to an industry estimate.

G-Tech is also expected to supply AR (anti-reflective) glass solutions for Apple’s all-in-one (AIO) PCs with the new products to also serve as a growth driver for G-Tech, indicated industry sources.

Apple has been working with Intel in partnership from a long time and it is highly likely that Apple would be the first company to get their hands-on Ivy Bridge Core i5/i7 processors for MacBooks and iMacs.

This source has a good track record of providing information related to Macs.

We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!

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