The usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects Apple to refresh their iMac lineup with Intel’s latest generation Haswell processor, most likely in the June/July timeframe.
In the third quarter of calendar 2013, he expects total shipments to reach 1.1 million units.
In all, he has called for iMac shipments for the full year to hit 4.7 million units, which would be up 31 percent year over year from 2012.
Apple saw iMac shipments peak at 1.75 million units in the first quarter of calendar 2013. Kuo says he expects iMac shipments in the June quarter to total around 650,000, indicating demand for the all-in-one Mac has cooled.
The redesigned iMac launched in the holiday 2012 quarter, but supply was constrained for several weeks. Months before the launch, Kuo correctly predicted both the computer’s thinner design, and the severe constraints Apple would face in its manufacture.
Kuo expects major Apple suppliers Quanta and Radiant to see their shipments “climb sharply” in Q3 of calendar 2013.
Kuo made no mention if the updated iMacs would be unveiled at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. However, Apple is expected to introduce updated MacBook Air models alongside its popular Operating systems: iOS7 and OS X 10.9
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