Although there is now less than a month remaining of the September quarter, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is certain that Apple will refresh its iMac line of computers with “much better displays”.
In a note sent to investors on Thursday – and obtained by AppleInsider – Kuo said that alongside new and more powerful Intel processors, the new iMac displays will use an LED phosphor material known as KSF, resulting in enhanced colour saturation.
Kuo predicts iMac shipments to reach 1 million units this quarter, a 100% increase compared to the June quarter, and added that Apple will make iMac computers a more attractive purchase with the help of new promotions.
He also pointed to the major beneficiaries of Apple’s new display technology choice: G Tech Optoelectronics, which supplies the cover glass for the all-in-one desktop computers, and AzureWave, which will provide the 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards.
His forecast echoes an earlier prediction of his made “public” about a month ago, when he first wrote about Apple’s plan to upgrade its iMac line.
Referring to the forthcoming iPhone event, Kuo says that the iPhone 6s will be available in three storage options (via MacRumors): 16, 64, and128 GB, just as the iPhone 6 was. Corroborating earlier rumours of an upgraded FaceTime camera, he says Apple will use a 5 MP front facing camera.
Apple will hold a special event on September 9 in San Francisco, where the main focus is expected to be on new iPhones and the new Apple TV. In the light of Kuo’s prediction, it is possible for the new iMacs to get some attention, although Apple introduced the stunning 27-inch 5K iMac last October, before releasing its latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite.
Update: 9to5Mac’s sources confirmed that Apple will release a new version of its 21.5-inch iMac this fall, although they put the release date in October, so we may not see the all-in-one computer during the media event that will take place in less than a week.
As indicated by references inside of El Capitan, the new 21.5 inch iMac’s 4K display will come with a resolution of 4096 x 2304, which is up from the current model’s screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. Faster processors and improved color saturation can also be expected. The higher-resolution screen will likely raise the price of the new iMac, much like the 5K display raised the price 27-inch iMac last fall.