Rumour: New iMac to feature “teardrop” design

Apple is heading into an important time as a company, a business and a technology giant as a whole. The iPhone 5 debuted to the usual fanfare for an iPhone. The iPod range was given a makeover. The iPad Mini is supposed to be hitting stores very soon. And now rumours of a new design for the iMac and a 13 inch MacBook Pro with a retina display are surfacing.

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The new iMac logic board and components?

Chinese site WeiPhone.com has speculated that the picture they posted showing the logic board and other components will lead to the design being thinner and having a curved shell, “like a water droplet”.

The pictures hasn't been verified as genuine, but Kyle Wiens of iFixit said to MacRumors that it could be legitimate, due to similarities with current iMac components. Wiens added that the silver disc, shown in the image, behind the components has been an inclusion in the iMac for several years.


The current iMac design

The 21.5 inch iMac could be the first to get the design on October 23rd. The 27 inch model is said to be more of a challenge thanks to the lamination of the display and glass with suitable yields.

The new, 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro is also expected on October 23rd. The current 15 inch model (codenamed D2) launched in June and the newer 13 inch model (currently codenamed D1) would share the thinner and lighter housing. It will be sold in two configurations, with CPU and storage options differing.

A teardrop design has been rumoured already. Remembering back to April 2011,  we reported that the iPhone 5 was rumoured to be getting a similar design. Although that didn’t happen, if the iMac rumour proves to be fact, the next generation of the iPhone (iPhone 6) might move to that design after all.

Source: Macworld | Images courtesy of WeiPhone, Apple and Thisismynext

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im building a new pc in a few weeks. i considered buying a mac but ill be damned if im going to pay $5000+ for outdated hardware. my high end build is only going to cost me a little over $2000 and ill just install osx86.

smooth3006 said,
im building a new pc in a few weeks. i considered buying a mac but ill be damned if im going to pay $5000+ for outdated hardware. my high end build is only going to cost me a little over $2000 and ill just install osx86.

Why do you need Mac OS?

smooth3006 said,
im building a new pc in a few weeks. i considered buying a mac but ill be damned if im going to pay $5000+ for outdated hardware. my high end build is only going to cost me a little over $2000 and ill just install osx86.

GS:MAC

sonicthehedgehog said,
Teardrop, water droplet. Doesn't this sound like Samsung Galaxy SIII design inspiration. MMM - I smell another intercompany fight!

But Apple was working on it 4 yrs ago and holds 300 patents on it that haven't even been submitted yet!!

Teardrop design? Sign me up! I'll jettison my 2011 iMac just to be the first on the block with a teardrop design.

Where did you get the "teardrop"-part from and why do you link it to the iPhone design? The source mentioned the back looking more like a water droplet. In combination with saying the iMac's thickness is almost impossible to measure he probably just meant the thick square band surrounding the side of the iMac has become much thinner.

So apparently MacWorld gave it the "teardrop" spin while they cite the source as saying "water droplet". Okay then...

I look forward to seeing a redesign for the iMac - the current design feels like it's been around for ages now.

Don't quite understand the criticism for it though to be honest - it's been around this long and frankly is still better looking than most of the PC hardware out there. I know design / style is a subjective thing but I would be interested to see pieces of hardware that people consider to be a decent alternative...

Chicane-UK said,
I look forward to seeing a redesign for the iMac - the current design feels like it's been around for ages now.

iMac models tend to last about three years. The current design has been introduced fall 2009.

.Neo said,

iMac models tend to last about three years. The current design has been introduced fall 2009.

Yeah - but fundamentally it was an evolutionary change.. it wasn't a substantial redesign, like has happened in the past - e.g going from the "fruit" coloured iMacs, up to the lampshade, etc.

Chicane-UK said,
Yeah - but fundamentally it was an evolutionary change.. it wasn't a substantial redesign, like has happened in the past - e.g going from the "fruit" coloured iMacs, up to the lampshade, etc.

Apple pretty much perfected the design. There's very little they can do unless something revolutionary happens with screen technology...

This rumor again. Ok. I suppose in another year or two there will be another news article: Will the next Apple TV have a teardrop design?

The only teardrops will be the tears of joy from the iSheep when they hear they can buy a new Apple product to reaffirm their devotion to the almighty glowing fruit.

Seriously, they could make it into the shape of a giant pair of breasts and it would still be boring.

IronChef75 said,
The only teardrops will be the tears of joy from the iSheep when they hear they can buy a new Apple product to reaffirm their devotion to the almighty glowing fruit.

Seriously, they could make it into the shape of a giant pair of breasts and it would still be boring.

Comments like this are just as tiring as those from Apple groupies.

IronChef75 said,
Seriously, they could make it into the shape of a giant pair of breasts and it would still be boring.

I see lemons were on sale again at your local supermarket and clearly you bought the whole batch.

.Neo said,

I see lemons were on sale again at your local supermarket and clearly you bought the whole batch.

Yeah, I use the lemons to make kool-aid. Want some?

No one wants to drink your Kool-Aid or your crap hater!

IronChef75 said,

Yeah, I use the lemons to make kool-aid. Want some?

IronChef75 said,
Yeah, I use the lemons to make kool-aid. Want some?

Looking at all the bitterness emanating from your post it's quite obvious you drank it all yourself.

OK, I'll play your game.

So, we call people who will buy anything, regardless of what it is, with an Apple logo on it an iSheep. So, what do we call the people who get online and feverishly talk crap about said fruit company and its user base?

Insecure?

Attention deprived?

One who isn't hugged enough?