iPhone 5 launch event to see new iMacs unveiled?

Ahead of Wednesday’s confirmed September 12th iPhone 5 launch event, new reports have suggested the eagerly awaited handset will land alongside a refresh to the company’s iMac desktop range.

Citing ‘multiple sources’, Fox News has suggested that Apple will launch a new collection of iMac all-in-one computers this week with the icon desktop machines tipped to make their first official appearance ahead of the iPhone 5 unveiling during Apple’s confirmed September 12th event.

Backtracking on its comments, the US news source went on to retract its ‘next week’ launch remarks, suggesting Apple will instead launch its next-generation iMac line later this year, possible alongside the expected October iPad mini release.

Although far from confirmed, a refresh to the Apple iMac line is overdue with the iPad 3 and iPod manufacturer expected to introduce Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors to its leading desktop devices, bringing the iMac range in-line with the likes of the Apple MacBook Pro and Apple MacBook Air collections.

Whilst sources have suggested that the new iMacs playing host to a Retina display is unlikely, it is believed the iMac will add an improved graphics chip, larger SSD capacities and USB 3.0 technologies. It’s not all about adding to the devices though, Apple is expected to take away some of the computers thickness with the slimmer devices tipped to do away with their integrated optical drives.

If unveiled later this week, the new iMacs will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the iPhone 5 release date confirmation with the eagerly awaited handset tipped to be confirmed with a new, slimmer form factor wrapped around a 4-inch Retina display, up from the iPhone 4S’s current 3.5-inch offering.

Elsewhere, the iPhone 5 features are seemingly set to be bolstered by the introduction of a quad-core A6 processor whilst Apple’s current 30-pin dock connector standard looks set to make way for a new, smaller, faster 9-pin offering.

Are you holding out for the introduction of a new iMac line? What would you like to see Apple incorporate within its next-gen desktop devices? Let us know via the comments boxes below or through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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