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The mostly accurate Digitimes is reporting (citing the usual supply chain sources) that Apple is in the process of prepping for a 2012 release of complete overhauls for four of their major product lines– iPhone, iPad, iMac, and MacBook Air.
When it comes to an iPhone, it’s clear most rumors and hints point towards a redesign resembling that thinner, possibly tapered, teardrop design that many were referring to as the iPhone 5 prior to the iPhone 4S launch.
However, the report doesn’t offer any details as to what the the “overhaul” may entail. Of course, there is some doubt of the 2012 release window with the iPhone 4S launching to such positive reviews and incredible sales so recently. An iPhone 5 is more likely to land late 2012 or early 2013.
The potential for an overhauled iMac design, on the other hand, is much more likely. The last time iMacs had a complete redesign was in 2009 with the larger 27-inch model being offered with new LED edge to edge displays, thinner unibody enclosure, and beefed up insides.
The iMac lineup received an incremental update in May that improved graphics chips, and added quad-core processors, but the mention of an “overhaul” means complete “redesign” to us. The question is, do the iMacs really need it? At the end of the day, they’re still the nicest consumer all-in-one you can find.
According to a different report from Digitimes, Apple will also be dropping an iPad 3 next year, this time offering a more specific release window of March 2012. Surprisingly, they claim an iPad 2 upgrade that sports “longer battery life” and a thinner design will first be released in late 2011. It seems a little strange that Apple would release a refreshed iPad 2 in December just to launch a completely redesigned iPad 3 in March. Perhaps the December iPad refresh will be the rumored 7-inch model, possibly a variant of the current iPad 2?
Digitimes is also expecting a redesigned MacBook Air, which again seems unlikely with updated MacBook Airs getting a redesign as recent as late 2010. The report only claims a “2012″ launch for the new MacBook Airs. However, we know this product line is a huge focus for Apple going forward, and with Asus and other computer makers recently releasing some pretty convincing MacBook Air clones, maybe Apple has a few surprises in store?
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Jordan Kahn is a main contributor for the Jace Hall Show and has been an avid gamer for over 15 years. He also writes about all things Google for 9to5Google.com and covers breaking Apple news for 9to5Mac and mobile products for Butterscotch.com.
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