Apple to "Completely Overhaul" the iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air in 2012?

Digitimes claims that Apple is going to "completely overhaul" its product lineups in 2012. The site specifically lists the iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air lines.

It's not clear if this is an all inclusive list or not. Notably absent are the MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iPod lines.

Apple plans to completely overhaul its product lineups, including iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air, in 2012 and is expected to finalize order volumes for key parts and components for the next-generation iPad in December, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.

We interpret the report to mean new designs for the listed product lines.

The iPhone seems the most likely of the bunch to get a full redesign. In fact, we may have already seen a glimpse of what the next iPhone might look like. Tapered iPhone 5 case designs leaked in China flooded the market in mid 2011, leading to the belief that Apple would be releasing such a design this fall.


Apple ended up releasing the iPhone 4S instead, which shares the same design as the previous generation iPhone 4. Based on Apple's release pattern, however, it seems certain that the 2012 iPhone will receive a new external design.

The iMac design has remained relatively stable in design over the past few years. Given the constraints of the design, we're not sure how drastic a change we could see in the iMac.

The iPad has only seen two releases, each with a slightly different design. Again, the basic design constraints will limit it to a 9.7" display, but another report has suggested the 2012 design will be an even thinner design.

Finally, the MacBook Air. While we're certain that the MacBook Pro will see new design next year, how it integrates with the MacBook Air line remains to be seen. Rumors of a 15" Air-like design have been circulating since July. We expect that the Air and Pro lines will have to eventually merge into one. Intel believes that the Air form factor will dominate the consumer market in the near future.

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117 months ago
I need more money... :(
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117 months ago
Axing the MBPs and Mac Pros leaving only gimmicky facebook/email/MSOffice machines. Tragic.
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117 months ago
Now that's what I'm talking about.

Seeing that it's the end of the world, why not?
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117 months ago
Macbook Air -
Doesn't need a redesign. There's really nothing that it glaringly missing.

Macbook Pro -
Needs SSD in EVERY model even if it's only 64GB for the boot partition. Needs to jettison the optical drive and use the space for more battery and a 2.5" drive bay.

iMac -
Lose the optical drive which should allow the pricing to hit $999 for the entry level. Put the stereo speakers on the lower corners firing out instead of down at the desk. Make the stand height adjustable.

iPad-
Really doesn't need a significant update other than making it lighter if possible. I don't want it getting any thinner as the iPad 2 is about perfect for thickness. Improve the camera please and stereo speakers if you so please Apple.
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117 months ago

Goodbye Macbook Pros!

Introducing the all new Macbook Airs! Thin but yet POWERFUL as a Macbook Pro.


If they can do that it would be epic.:eek::eek:
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117 months ago

Merging the MBA and MBP lines sounds like it might mean crappy CPU/GPU combos and no decent notebook. Hope they're wrong.


+1 on hoping they're wrong
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