updated 05:10 pm EST, Sat December 15, 2001
Gertjan Hendriks has provided MacNN with a translation of an article from the Dutch site Webwereld that discusses the possible release of an LCD iMac at next month's MacWorld Expo.
Apple announced that it will introduce a new consumer-product in January.
Rumours about an iMac with an LCD display are intensifying.
"Innovative, revolutionary and different. Powerful and user-friendly with eye candy." That's how Apple describes the new product in an invitation
which was sent to the press last Friday. Moreover, the company states
that the impact of this product will be "enormous." Apple will reveal the
product on January 7th during MWSF.
The announcement strengthens the rumours about an iMac with an
LCD screen. For several weeks on Usenet and Mac-sites, there has been strong
speculation that Apple will finally launch the successor of the iMac at
the MacWorld conference in January. The previous message that Apple
placed an order for 1 million new iMacs at the Taiwanese company Quanta,
was counted as the ultimate evidence.
Before every MacWorld conference last year, rumours about a new
iMac evolved, but every time there wasn't an announcement. The economic
downfall that started during the first quarter of this year were counted
as a reason for this.
However, Apple followers do agree that a successor to the iMac is coming.
Sales of the computer that Apple put on the market 3 years ago have
decreased and the product is said to need a successor as soon as possible.
Speculations that a successor will include an LCD-screen, were supported
halfway this year when Apple announced they stopped with the production
Apple has already replaced the iBooks and PowerBooks this year. With the
iMacs, only the configuration was changed, with faster CPUs and larger
hard disks. According to analysts, those changes weren't enough to boost
sales and a drastic revamping is necessary.