updated 07:46 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2012
Apple suppliers already shipping upgraded iMacs and 13.3-inch MBPs
Apple’s upstream supply chain have reportedly started shipments of new iMac and 13.3-inch MacBook Pro models to Apple, according to Digitimes. The rumored 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also said to be included in the new shipments. Digitimes supply chain sources say that the new models should arrive achieve sufficient stock supply levels to debut later in September or in October.
The Taiwanese tech blog also reports that Apple had originally planned to introduce three new iMac models with upgraded panels and running Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors. Apple currently has two main iMac lines, one centering on a 21.5-inch display, and the other on a 27-inch display. The rumored third model was said to be a new high-end model but has been postponed indefinitely due to low yields of a new panel, sounding suspiciously like a Retina-level display.
The report corroborates a recent report from Fox News, which claimed that Apple is on the verge of updating its iMac line with stock levels of the current models said to be running low. USB 3.0 ports and SSD options are also inline for the refresh. NPD also recently asserted that a Retina Display-equipped 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is also imminent, which is said to sport a resolution of 2560x1600. Like the new iMacs, it will also incorporate USB 3.0 and offer SSD options.