KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently released a brief research note highlighting the status of the iMac, which he says will see shipments fall to roughly 650,000 units this quarter from 1.75 million units in the first calendar quarter. The drop is due in part to seasonality and in part to a natural decline from the demand during the first quarter. Most importantly for potential iMac customers, Kuo believes an iMac update that will bring Intel’s new Haswell processors to the line is coming in June or July. His note mentioned the following:
We attribute the shipments decline to the fact that new product shipments have peaked and due to the arrival of the consumer slow season. But we believe iMac shipments troughed in 2Q13. Apple is expected to upgrade iMac processor to Intel’s (US) latest Haswell processor in June or July. Meanwhile, the consumer peak season has arrived. Thus we expect shipments to reach 1.1mn units in 3Q13, up 69% QoQ. Full-year shipments are forecast to be 4.7mn units, up 31% YoY.
Are any of you holding out for the next-gen iMacs?
Source: KGI Securities via MacRumors