Digitimes says consumers can expect Apple to “completely overhaul” its product lineups in 2012. That overhaul includes new versions of iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air.
It says Apple will produce two million next-gen iPads before the end of 2011 and that Apple has asked supply chain partners to develop flat panel modules and LED light bars for a pair of iPad prototypes.
The report also notes the next-gen iPhone and iMac won’t hit the market until the second half of 2012.
To us, none of this seems unlikely. Perhaps the case images and prototypes for the iPhone we saw in August were, in fact, for the next-gen iPhone 5, which is possibly the big device Steve Jobs was working on up until his death.
We find it interesting, however, that the report does not mention MacBook Pro laptops. It’s been rumored for some time that Apple was tinkering around with releasing a thin 15-inch MacBook Pro that would resemble the MacBook Air with the flash-based storage system that helps the laptop start and wake-up faster (but also has smaller hard drive space).
Might all Apple laptops become Airs? Kind of follows the company’s “thinner is better” design philosophies. And if the flash storage costs dip to the point at which you could get, say, 300 or 500 gigs and keep prices under control, it would be an interesting option.