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September launch pegged for Apple's 13" Retina MacBook Pro, new iMac

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A Retina display-toting 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to join the recently-released 15-inch model sometime this September and may be accompanied by an iMac refresh, writes analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note shared with AppleInsider.

Rounding out the KGI analyst's forecast for the second half of 2012, Kuo expects Apple to bring a Retina display-resolution display to its 13-inch MacBook Pro line in September though demand may outweigh supply as components for the high-pixel density display are limited.

The reports is in line with two previous findings, both from online computer benchmarking sites (1, 2), that pointed to an unknown MacBook Pro fitting the description of a 13-inch Retina display model.

Kuo believes the device will be an attractive option to consumers looking to purchase the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air due to the Retina display's high-quality image reproduction. The analyst also claims customers will be drawn to the balance of power consumption and form factor as well as the unit's price which should be somewhat similar to Apple's non-Retina MacBook Pro.

While the laptop is expected to do well at launch, Kuo thinks sales growth won't be meaningful as many consumers will gravitate toward iOS devices, especially so if Apple debuts a smaller, more affordable iPad in September. He goes on to say supply of the smaller high-resolution MacBook Pro will likely be constrained due to panel and assembly yield rates, a problem Apple is only now beginning to overcome with the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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As for the iMac, Kuo believes a refreshed model could debut close to the end of September but qualifies the statement by saying indicators from the supply chain point to a later release. Shipments of Apple's desktop products will dip in July due to inventory adjustments but are expected to dramatically rise in August as the new iMac starts shipping out from factories.

Regarding Apple's overall financial outlook, Kuo sees zero growth across the line for Apple in the second quarter of 2012 on smartphone competition from Samsung, slow MacBook sales, a weakened global economy and the iPad's late entry into China. Quarter three of the calendar year will likely pick up, however, as new product launches are expected to lead moderate growth ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season.
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So let's see. We now have Apple redesigning their iPod lineup, iPhone, and iMac while also adding an all new iPad Mini and 13 inch MacBook Pro in September...
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The retina display seems to be the norm for apple now.  I bet they come out with a MacMini w/ retina display.  Doh!!

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The retina display seems to be the norm for apple now.  I bet they come out with a MacMini w/ retina display.  Doh!!

I wouldn't be surprised if all updates from this point on will only happen when Retina is possible.

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Currently finishing up configuring my business partner's retina MBP.  I've had it for almost a week.  Absolutely phenomenal machine.  The retina display is definitely the next logical step for Apple.
 

As much as I love it, I prefer the 13" size of my MBA.  I would prefer a 13" retina display on an MBA but I'm not sure for the time being if the horsepower (and battery) will work in an MBA to drive that display.  A 13" retina MBP would certainly grab my attention though.

I hope retina is the next step for the iMac as well.  My 2009 iMac is great, but a Thunderbolt/Retina/SSD iMac would really take it home for me!

Keep up the great work going Apple!

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I really am hoping for an updated Mac Mini this week or next... I'm still running a Power Mac G5.. (non-intel based).  Looking for a mac mini with 2 thunderbolt ports... 2 usb 3.0 ports... and a dual-core i7 processor.  

 

Or is the rumor that the Mac Mini dead really true?

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I'm ready for the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.

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I think the new iMac will probably just have the ivy bridge upgrade & probably GPU, i doubt it would get retina.

to get the ppi on a 27" (just using a ppi calculator) take about 5120 X 2880 res (current iMac 27" res x 2) 217ppi, which would be amazing for photographers & video editing, but all web content would look crazy upscaled & very poor.

 

If they bring out a retina macbook pro 13" i hope it has dedicated graphics, the idea of the 13" pro retina using Intel HD Graphics 4000 & having less grunt (graphically) then the macbook air seems odd.
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Hopefully with matte display option. Or else, no purchase. MacMatte.

Lolwut? Are you from 1998? Matte displays are terrible dude. They diffuse glare all over your screen and create a eye straining fuzz covering everything.
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I really am hoping for an updated Mac Mini this week or next... I'm still running a Power Mac G5.. (non-intel based).  Looking for a mac mini with 2 thunderbolt ports... 2 usb 3.0 ports... and a dual-core i7 processor.  

 

Or is the rumor that the Mac Mini dead really true?

 

I don't think the Mac Mini is dead. It's the only headless Mac Apple sells besides the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is in a completely different league of computing in every way imaginable: performance, size, and most importantly: price. Not your typical home computer at all.


I think the only reason the Mac Mini hasn't been updated for so long is because it didn't really make sense to update it before Ivy Bridge was available, and the MacBook Air and Pro had to be updated first. Probably Apple simply couldn't get enough parts from Intel to update their laptops *and* the iMac *and* the Mac Mini at the same time.

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Welcome though this news is, I find it strange that Apple will give the recent refresh of the 13" MBP such a short life.

 

I need a portable that I stand a chance of using meaningfully in an economy seat on a plane, but with high enough spec to last out the next few OS upgrades, and as much processing power as I can get away with (for GIS work) yet keep 5+ hrs of battery life.  4 cores and 8GB ram strike me as minimum spec, and 13" screen about as big as I can get away with on the plane.  I was about to compromise and go for the best of the current MBP 13" with SSD, but will now struggle on with my 2008 Macbook until September...

 

hmmmm

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I also think the iMac will get a hardware refresh only, but not Retina. The design change, along with another hardware refresh (Haswell and co.), but with Retina or a near-Retina panel. 4K comes to mind, so 3840x2160 (if it is to retain the 16:9 aspect ratio) would be fine by me. Naturally, anything higher than that in the 4k x 2k category would be highly appreciated, such as 4096x2300. Mmmmhhhhh...:-P Ideally, the 27" Thunderbolt display will get the same treatment that the 27" iMac will, assuming it will retain the same 27" display.

 

While I would like to see the 17" MBP make some kind of return, I am very happy with my 15.4" Retina MBP, as I can run everything in WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution that used to be available only on the 17". I love how this panel scales. It's just ridiculously great to be able to get the high res. and still get the extreme pixel density in multiple resolutions.

 

The speculation surrounding the Apple HDTV television set sporting some kind of extreme display option(s) would suggest that Retina-ish panels should be possible in the 25" - 30" panel size.

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I'm waiting for new Mac Minis to be announced. I've wanted to pick one up for my home theatre from a long time. Hopefully they'll announce it soon.

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 I love my early 2009 macmini. Best PC I have ever owned. 

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Lolwut? Are you from 1998? Matte displays are terrible dude. They diffuse glare all over your screen and create a eye straining fuzz covering everything.

 

If you're such a fan of glossy displays, you could just stick a big mirror on your desk instead. You'll get much the same result, and save a lot of money in the process.

 

For those of us with actual work to do, matte is essential.

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For those of us with actual work to do, matte is essential.

 

 

I'm a graphic designer and there is no way I'd go back to matte screens.

 

I have a window right behind my desk and have no problem with reflection at all on my 27" iMac.

 

If I put my hand next to the screen I can't see any reflection at all, it's as if there is nothing between me and the image. It's much better than the annoying light glow that covered my old screens. 

 

The mirror screen thing is a myth created by people who are trying to sound professional.

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If you're such a fan of glossy displays, you could just stick a big mirror on your desk instead. You'll get much the same result, and save a lot of money in the process.

For those of us with actual work to do, matte is essential.

Matte adds a fine texture to the display's surface, and that will blur the pixels on a Retina display. I call that defeating the point. The diffusion of incident light with matte brings up the black level to a dark gray, and that can easily clobber shadow detail.

Also, the Retina display on the MBPR has a much better anti-glare surface than previous Macs. I suggest you check it out in the store display. Even in a brightly lit environment, it works pretty well.
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I wouldn't be surprised if all updates from this point on will only happen when Retina is possible.

Yes, and the mba's will be very last of the bunch, me thinks.

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I'm a graphic designer and there is no way I'd go back to matte screens.

 

I have a window right behind my desk and have no problem with reflection at all on my 27" iMac.

 

If I put my hand next to the screen I can't see any reflection at all, it's as if there is nothing between me and the image. It's much better than the annoying light glow that covered my old screens. 

 

The mirror screen thing is a myth created by people who are trying to sound professional.

I can see situations where the glossy screen is a problem - specially if the user is not at liberty to make any changes to the work environment. But why would a designer choose to work in brightly lit office without the ability to dim or shade the light? That doesn't make sense even with matte screens. Ditto video editors (I have never been in an edit suite that was compromised by the lighting). But there are many brightly lit spaces with lots of windows and maybe those places cause problems, you know, like Apple stores. In my experience, bright sunlight has always been a problem as far as screens go, no matter what kind.

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I have the latest 2011 MacBook air with a 13 inch screen and its resolution is 1440*900. That is insane when considering it is the same resolution as the 17 inch iMac g3 with the stainless steel swivel neck( I have that one. Itis a classic!). So I'm ok for now. I had the new iPad but the effing thing wouldn't charge while in use. The screen is phenomenal but there is definitely a charging/ use issue . My girl friend took it back after the 14 day return policy expired with no questions asked. The manager knew the problem. I got the iPad 2 and it is a beast!!!!
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So let's see. We now have Apple redesigning their iPod lineup, iPhone, and iMac while also adding an all new iPad Mini and 13 inch MacBook Pro in September...

 

I know, it doesn't make any sense to release so many new products at once. Apple usually releases one new product at a time for maximum publicity.

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I'm a graphic designer and there is no way I'd go back to matte screens.

 

I have a window right behind my desk and have no problem with reflection at all on my 27" iMac.

 

If I put my hand next to the screen I can't see any reflection at all, it's as if there is nothing between me and the image. It's much better than the annoying light glow that covered my old screens. 

 

The mirror screen thing is a myth created by people who are trying to sound professional.

 

You must have the optimal amount of lighting in your studio coz my iMac is so reflective I had to move my desk into a dark corner coz I could hardly see a thing when it was sunny coz the screen is so reflective.

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I know, it doesn't make any sense to release so many new products at once. Apple usually releases one new product at a time for maximum publicity.

That was a large part of my understanding as well. I was surprised when they merged the iPhone with the iPod announcements though.

I expect that the the iDevice event will only be for iDevices. It's enough that Apple updates a third to half their product line in one announcement.

I don't see why Apple would update the MacBook Air only to update it again three months later. Their Air update cycle is 9 to 12 months. A 3 month update cycle would be very unusual for them.
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Hopefully with matte display option. Or else, no purchase. MacMatte.

 

I was a matte devotee until I saw the Retina MBP. They have really reduced the reflectivity. It's a total pleasure. You should go take a look.

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So why wait until September to release the iMac? We've heard no rumors about a redesign (everyone suspects that will happen with Haswell). Why drag their feet on this? What was the point? 

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So let's see. We now have Apple redesigning their iPod lineup, iPhone, and iMac while also adding an all new iPad Mini and 13 inch MacBook Pro in September...

Don't forget the Retina MacBook Air and Apple Television.... 

 

Tim Cook- "But before we end... there is(are) one four more thing(s)."

 

 

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So why wait until September to release the iMac? We've heard no rumors about a redesign (everyone suspects that will happen with Haswell). Why drag their feet on this? What was the point? 

I was thinking the same thing.  It doesn't need a redesign- what are they going to make it look like that could be any better looking or more useful outside of Retina (which it clearly isn't ready for yet).

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I was thinking the same thing.  It doesn't need a redesign- what are they going to make it look like that could be any better looking or more useful outside of Retina (which it clearly isn't ready for yet).

 

Essentially we're going to get an iMac with some nice new features (USB 3.0, Ivy Bridge, ect) but a computer that easily could have come out in May or June. 

 

Either Apple has something up their sleeve or they waited an extra 4 months for no particular reason. 

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Hopefully with matte display option. Or else, no purchase. MacMatte.

 

Thank you for not actually spamming that link for once.

 

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Or is the rumor that the Mac Mini dead really true?

 

What rumor? Why would they do that?

 

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So why wait until September to release the iMac? We've heard no rumors about a redesign…

 

Didn't you just answer that question? I've heard nothing about 'waiting for Haswell' for a redesign.

 

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It doesn't need a redesign- what are they going to make it look like that could be any better looking or more useful outside of Retina (which it clearly isn't ready for yet).

 

That's why you don't work at Apple.

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Yeah and itv as well is being developed along with itoilet with a time capsule function
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You must have the optimal amount of lighting in your studio coz my iMac is so reflective I had to move my desk into a dark corner coz I could hardly see a thing when it was sunny coz the screen is so reflective.

 

I don't know, must be... Is yours an older model? I can only see a reflection on mine if I turn the brightness right down, or turn it off, and even then it's minimal. It's a sunny day here at the moment.

 

If I angle the screen right back so it's pointing straight at a bright light, then I can see the reflection, but why would I do that?

If I did the same thing with a matte screen the diffuse glow would be just as annoying.

 

Us designers coped just fine for years with glass CRT monitors, I don't see what the difference is.

 

I think this whole argument has become a bit of an internet meme.

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The retina display seems to be the norm for apple now.  I bet they come out with a MacMini w/ retina display.  Doh!!

 

What would seem to make more sense is for some companion "software" in Mac OS X and iOS -- where the iPad 3 could provide ad hoc retina display capability to a Mac Mini....

 

Say you have several headless Mini's (a mini Mini server farm) and you periodically need to see what's going on...

 

Fire up the iPad app, select a Mini from the Bonjour list, do whatever -- then move on!

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I don't know, must be... Is yours an older model? I can only see a reflection on mine if I turn the brightness right down, or turn it off, and even then it's minimal. It's a sunny day here at the moment.

 

If I angle the screen right back so it's pointing straight at a bright light, then I can see the reflection, but why would I do that?

If I did the same thing with a matte screen the diffuse glow would be just as annoying.

 

Us designers coped just fine for years with glass CRT monitors, I don't see what the difference is.

 

I think this whole argument has become a bit of an internet meme.

 

It's a new model from last year. I don't think it's just me - if you ever go into the AppleStore and look at the iMacs they have a lot of reflection coz of the lighting in the store.

 

I can live with it in my dark corner but it would be nice if there was an anti-glare option or a less reflective screen. Maybe when we get the Retina iMac.

 

As for the CRT monitors - you must the only person I know that didn't have one of those anti-glare screen filter / cover things that you put in front of the screen to stop the reflections.

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Didn't you just answer that question? I've heard nothing about 'waiting for Haswell' for a redesign.

 

Most people have speculated a redesign next year. Most likely because we're not sure if a retina display is the best option for the iMac at this time (affordability/gpu).

 

I'm clearly new here, but wouldn't we have heard something if a redesign were coming? We hear iPhone rumors 6 months in advance about redesigns. Mysterious new parts would have surfaced by now surely. 

 

Who knows, it's not the first time Apple has surprised us. 

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That's why you don't work at Apple.

I'll be sure to use that same line on 30% of your posts.

 

 

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Here is a "revolutionary" change to the 15" MacBook pro.  What a night and day difference- except it's not.  There are some great changes, but nothing revolutionary- just evolutionary.  I don't see them being able to do anything more drastic than this to the iMac... can't get much thinner at all (and who would want it to be- it gets hot enough as is) but then again, I don't work for Apple- so what do I know?  No need for you to comment- you don't work for Apple, so what suggestion could you possibly make?

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I don't see them being able to do anything more drastic than this to the iMac...

 

Which is why you don't work at Apple.

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I'll be sure to use that same line on 30% of your posts.

 

 

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Here is a "revolutionary" change to the 15" MacBook pro.  What a night and day difference- except it's not.  There are some great changes, but nothing revolutionary- just evolutionary.  I don't see them being able to do anything more drastic than this to the iMac... can't get much thinner at all (and who would want it to be- it gets hot enough as is) but then again, I don't work for Apple- so what do I know?  No need for you to comment- you don't work for Apple, so what suggestion could you possibly make?

 

Use flash chips, the Ivy-Bridge is based on 22nm (smaller processor), use quieter/less heat fans, remove the optical drive, etc.....

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That was a large part of my understanding as well. I was surprised when they merged the iPhone with the iPod announcements though.
I expect that the the iDevice event will only be for iDevices. It's enough that Apple updates a third to half their product line in one announcement.
I don't see why Apple would update the MacBook Air only to update it again three months later. Their Air update cycle is 9 to 12 months. A 3 month update cycle would be very unusual for them.

 

In many areas, I think that "the availability of new technology in needed quantities" is the major determinant of what gets released, when!

 

Apple has never been shy about charging premium prices for the latest technology.  On the Macs, they could get away with it, because the Macs were a small, speciality market when compared to the much larger pc market. -- they could satisfy their needs with fewer, newer components.  The increasing popularity (demand) for premium Macs exacerbates this problem.

 

Apple is using "new technology" such as retina display across several product lines.  This new technology must be supported by 2 different OSes -- OS X for the Mac and iOS for iDevices... along with developer lead time to upgrade applications and apps.

 

Apple is careful not just throw out "new technology" before it can be reasonably used and supported -- so a lot of things have to come together... "We will serve no wine before its time".

 

These are good problems to have, but problems nonetheless!

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The retina display seems to be the norm for apple now.  I bet they come out with a MacMini w/ retina display.  Doh!!

Haha good one . All joking aside I predict a Mac Mini with only SSD soon and what's more within two years no MBP as we know them, all SSD. So what will differentiate a MBP from an Air then? Perhaps the end of the MBP is in fact not far away. MacBook Air Pro maybe?

An HD is the new Floppy to Apple and they will soon be history. Once Apple really go all SSD watch the technology leap forward in size, speed and endurance (TRIM etc) plus we will see possible short supplies for PCs as Apple eat up all the high end product ... that or prices will fall dramatically.
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Use flash chips, the Ivy-Bridge is based on 22nm (smaller processor), use quieter/less heat fans, remove the optical drive, etc.....

Ok... the processor won't make a size difference (W'ere talking nanometers), although it should run slightly cooler.

I doubt 2012 will see their only desktop have no large storage, so while flash storage might exist in tandem, it likely won't replace it.  

Ok- the optical drive is gone.  Now what?  Put a SSD in its place?  Or move everything around so it can be 1mm thinner?

The quieter/less heat fans I don't understand at all.  It isn't loud now, and less heat fans would be crazy as it gets hot (not too hot- but less fans it surely would).

 

These all play into my points.  Yes- it could have no optical.  Yes- it could be thinner.  But how much thinner and how can the design REALLY change?  Outside of going from white to stainless back in 2006, which was major- the only other change back in 2009 was modest.  While I think it will change- it won't change much because it simply can't.  Look at the kick-a retina MBP... most people (not us nerds) couldn't tell the difference between that and a 15" 2011 at first glance.  Just like they probably couldn't notice the glass trackpad/no button back in 2009.

 

There is only so much you can change to an already gorgeous and industry-leading design.  Again- use the Retina MBP as example.

 

But, then again- That's why I don't work at Apple.

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Use flash chips, the Ivy-Bridge is based on 22nm (smaller processor), use quieter/less heat fans, remove the optical drive, etc.....

 

If anyone in their right mind would want a desktop to forgo mass storage and optical drives, to be frank, they're nuts.

 

Desktops are about one thing - power.  That's it. End of story. Nothing else matters. They need vast amounts of RAM, huge hard drives, the ability to rip and burn optical discs (BDs obviously now being the standard), and they need very good cooling to stop the top end CPUs and GPUs from melting.

 

By all means strip out all the powerful stuff to make a dumbed down laptop or tablet, but leave desktops alone. They're for people who actually have work to do, and want to get that work done to the highest standard in the quickest time. As the Mac Pro is now abandoned (or as good as), the iMac needs all the power it can get.

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