Details of redesigned 21-inch iMac surface in China

In the works, perhaps: a new iMac with a redesigned body sporting a thinner profile, according to a poster on a WeiPhone user forum.

Image of purported logic board for new iMac. WeiPhone

Apple may be getting ready to introduce a new iMac with a redesigned body with a thinner profile.

Photos of what is purported to be the new iMac's logic board and other internal components surfaced earlier this month on a forum thread to the Chinese site WeiPhone (Google translation). The poster claims that the image was captured by his or her brother-in-law, who allegedly works in the factory where production is occurring.

The new iMac design is said to include a profile that when viewed from end to end, you "almost cannot see the new iMac's thickness." The poster compared the profile to water droplets and said it included "tetragonal" elements.

It appears the display is glued to the machine's front glass rather than a separate assembly, although the post doesn't mention whether this will be a Retina display. The post also wrote that the iMac will retain the familiar "chin" below the display.

The post suggests that the 21-inch model may be the first to be updated, with the 27-inch iMac coming later.

It also claims a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is definitely in the works and already in production in "Mexico and other places" but is experiencing thermal issues. The new model is codenamed D1 in keeping with the D2, which turned out to be the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has been telling CNET for a while now that a 13.3- pixel density display and be unveiled in the coming weeks -- after an iPad Mini announcement.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

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