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2012 iMac spotted, vicariously

10 August 2012 1,503 views No Comment

Fresh hints that 2012 iMacs may be just around the corner, relatively speaking.

Currently, Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini don’t ship with optical drives and it looks like Apple is preparing a 2012 iMac refresh sans the ability to read and write shiny plastic disks, at least with integrated drives. There has also been a vicarious Mac Pro sighting, though details remain scant all the way round.

Back in May, Geekbench developer Primate Labs noticed iMac13,2 results (a.k.a. 2012 iMac) had shown up in their user submitted database of benchmark results. Yes, it’s possible to fake results, but but company founder John Poole says he can tell the difference and believes that some of the iMac13,2 benchmarks are real.

Now, AppleInsider says they found references new iMacs and Mac Pros (MacPro6,x) in a configuration plist file used by Boot Camp Assistant.

Where this gets interesting is that the plist is used to designate the Mac model versions capable of supporting either an optical boot disk or USB flash drive volume — the inference being that those which support Flash installation won’t include an optical drive.

2012 iMac, sooner or later?

Of course, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that a fully realized Mac Pro makeover won’t arrive until 2013, so don’t look for an update any time soon.

However, respectable observers expect the iMac13,2 — likely to be known colloquially as the Late 2012 iMac — later this year, perhaps in October. And, when it arrives, the new iMac will be thinner and sport svelte, LCD-TV-like appearance.

Two MacPro6,x models are listed among the potentially optical drive-less Macs that might be coming, but other details aren’t available. Nevertheless, having lived in the same Aluminum enclosure since 2005, pretty everyone’s expecting a major makeover.

Ready for an ultra-thin, optical drive-free iMac? I have had space on my credit card for months now already…

What’s your take?

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