Apple iMac range to get refresh with Intel Haswell processors
Apple is expected to refresh its iMac range this month or next month, with its latest computers powered by Intel’s Haswell processors, according to KGI Securities.
Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at KGI Securities, predicts that shipments of iMacs plummeted from 1.75 million in the first quarter of this year to just 650,000 in the second quarter, partly due to seasonal shifts in demand, but also due to slowing demand after new iMac product shipments peaked at the beginning of the year.
Kuo believes that Apple will try to renew interest in its iMac computers with the launch of new models featuring Intel’s latest CPU technology.
Shipments of iMacs are expected to jump to 1.1 million in the third quarter, up 69 percent on the second quarter, largely thanks to improved seasonal demand. Total shipments for the year are forecast at 4.7 million, a 31 percent boost on 2012.
Apple may unveil the new range as soon as today, with its Worldwide Developers Conference happening at the moment, though it may also decide to keep the limelight for other rumoured products like the highly-anticipated iWatch.