A new report is claiming that heretofore unreleased iMac models have begun showing up in Geekbench benchmarks. The rumored iMac, with the model noted as iMac13,2, reportedly comes with a quad core Intel i7 clocked at 3.5GHz.
A similar model of iMac with more memory also showed up in late July with a score of 13,405, but this model was equipped with 16GB RAM, whereas the model that was tested yesterday had 8GB RAM. The new iMac13,2 benchmark was also conducted on an iMac running OS X 10.8.1, the latest public release of Mountain Lion, whereas the previous benchmark was conducted on a machine running OS X Lion 10.7.4. One other difference was the memory clock speed, with the memory on the latest benchmark running at 1333MHz compared to the previous benchmark which showed memory at 1600 MHz.
It’s been quite a while since Apple revamped its iMac lineup – May 2011 to be exact. It was then that Apple upgraded its desktop Macs to include Intel’s quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and highspeed Thunderbolt ports.
So when might we see an all new iMac hit the scene?
Well about two months ago reports emerged claiming that mass production on brand new iMacs was set to commence sometime during the Summer with an anticipated launch window penciled in for October.
As for an iMac with a Retina Display, we might have to hold out on that one. Retina Display’s aren’t cheap, especially when we’re talking about 21.5 and 27-inch screens. Further, Instapaper developer Marco Arment heard through the grapevine that Apple’s 2012 iMac lineup won’t be graced with the Retina Display treatment, a sentiment that has been echoed by other industry analysts.