One of the disappointments of this year’s WWDC was the lack of update for Apple’s all-in-one computer, the iMac. However, several major retailers in the United States are now experiencing shortages of the 27-inch model, suggesting that a refresh could be on the cards at Apple’s rumored September 12 event.
According to website AppleBitch, retailers such as Amazon, Best By and J&R are all experiencing shortages of the 27-inch iMac, in particular, the high-end model with a 3.1GHz processor. They claim that Best Buy is entirely out of stock in both their online and retail stores, but more importantly, do not know when it will be available again.
Although it is only the 27-inch model that is currently in shortage, Apple may be slowly stopping production, starting with the less popular models, and eventually moving to the popular 21-inch model as the September 12 event gets closer.
It is odd that we haven’t seen an iMac for 2012, especially since new technologies, such as Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0, have recently become available in Apple’s MacBook line. Whether a redesign for the iMac is in the cards is not known just yet, but the aesthetics of the computer haven’t changed for a few years now, so it may be time to change more than the internals.
This upcoming September 12 event is already rumored to contain the new iPhone, iPad Mini and new iPods. The inclusion of a 2012 iMac sure would make the event even bigger than it is already anticipated to be.
If you are in the market for an iMac, then playing it safe and waiting a couple of weeks until the media event might be a good choice.