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Purported parts suggest thinner iMac redesign

updated 08:13 pm EDT, Sun October 14, 2012

New design said to be curved rather than squared

A picture has been posted online showing off what are said to be the logic board and internal components for a forthcoming redesigned iMac. The pictured parts include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, fans, and a hard drive. The new iMac they're said to be a part of is rumored to be thinner than its predecessors and to feature a significant redesign.

The picture was posted to a forum on Chinese web site WeiPhone.com. Reportedly, the new iMac will be significantly thinner than the current model, and its shell is said to have been redesigned to be more curved like a water droplet.

The new iMac is also said to have its display attached to its protective cover glass, making for a thinner profile.

A refresh of the iMac line has been rumored for some time now. In August, files in Apple's latest operating system update appeared to hint at a refresh of both the iMac and Mac Pro lines. it is uncertain when exactly any such models might be revealed.




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  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    The tech-pundits will of course hate the new iMac because it will be harder to repair and parts replacements will be more expensive. All I know is that my current refurb iMac 24" has been running 24/7 for about three years and if it does eventually needs to have parts replaced, it will be well worth the repairs. I only had AppleCare on it for three years and I'm willing to bet the only thing that will be need to be replaced is the hard drive which I'll likely do myself. I want to get another iMac so I'll probably pick up a 27" current high-end refurb instead of the coming model. This 24" iMac is the most reliable and trouble-free Mac I've ever owned mainly because I've never bothered to tinker inside of it.

  1. Pixelsmack

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-21-10

    I agree mostly.

    I purchased my 27" top-end i7 (2.93ghz, 20GB ram) 2010 iMac in early 2011 as a refurb for $1899 and it has been the single most stable PC I've ever had. I run Bootcamp on occasion but mostly I am a true OSX user. The experience has been fast and trouble free.

    My only complaint is the difficulty and expense at getting a different drive in the iMac. All over town it's $500 to swap out the HDD with a SDD and relocate the HDD. The only part of that price that has changed with time is the size of the SSD you get. Which is to say, larger, as they get cheaper every couple of months. So I've not done it and it's only now starting to be noticeable in day to day use. Since I use computers at work with SSDs.

    However here we are in late 2012 and I do think it's finally time to place this iMac in the "other" room. I await a new refreshed iMac with SSD, faster graphics, ram, cpus and of course an SSD!

    Modifying this older iMac is not worth the money. It's a fine machine and a three-year "more than usable life-span" is all I ever ask for and it delivers!

  1. gooser

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    Joined: 06-23-06

    who cares how thin or how thick a desktop computer is?

  1. The Vicar

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    Joined: 07-01-09

    Oh, no.

    I love iMacs, I've seen just about every single iteration of them in actual use, and I am probably going to buy another one at some point in the not-too-distant future.

    But every single time Apple makes the iMac thinner, the first generation which is thinner ends up having some kind of embarrassing, stupid hardware issue which turns out to be caused by the new form factor and can't be repaired without huge cost because "thinner" means "uses a bunch of custom or super-expensive parts".

    Honestly, isn't the current iMac thin enough?

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: 01-16-00

    Like nobody saw this coming.
    Thank you Captain Obvious!

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