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New iMacs due in mid-to-late summer

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2007

New iMacs coming

Apple plans to refresh its venerable iMac line in mid-to-late summer according to a report from AppleInsider, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The new iMacs will be "radically redesigned," sporting the same 20 and 24 inch screens in a slimmer form. The 17-inch iMac will likely be discontinued when the new models are rolled out, as it does not appear to be part of the refresh plans. The last update to the iMac came in September 2006, when the company introduced Core 2 Duo processors to the line and added a 24-inch model. The current iMac line-up remains widely available through retailers, though supply checks show that shipments to dealers are slowing in terms of volume.




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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Can you say tablet...?

    ...perhaps with induction charging & a removable base...? I have been waiting on my next 'big' purchases for these puppies along with the macbook thin... After iPhone the hits may just keep coming - gotta stretch out that R&D cycle for the shareholders... :)

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Tablet

    I can say it, but I won't predict it. I think it's more likely that we'd see a touch screen interface, like the iPhone, but that the keyboard would still be separate and the preferred means of input (that is, it wouldn't have the laptop-like form factor of Windows-based tablets). And even that's a stretch. iPods will get a touch screen before any Macs, is my guess.

    I predict (read: wildly speculate) the new iMacs will be thinner, perhaps migrating the components back into the base. Think the current iMacs crossed with the Luxo, Jr. iMac (aka flower pot). The base may resemble a Mac mini, but larger to fit a 3.5" drive.

    But I've got no clue. It's just fun to guess.

  1. Saint_Stryfe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    very late

    This product should have been ready now, and should be in production for a july release. If it's not, it's too late.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: very late

    Hey! There's no talk allowed around here that criticizes Apple or talks about anything negative. Much better to sit around and speculate on a lot of stuff that probably won't happen.

    But you're right. I don't know whose school year doesn't start before 'late-summer'. Colleges tend to open mid-August, and many a school districts are known for opening early to mid August. Maybe these should be sub-titled 'already back-to-school season'.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: very late

    Should have, could have, would have...

    If memory serves, Apple was a little late last year with back to school products (laptops, iMac) and they did pretty well anyway.

    What happened to "it's better to wait and release a finished product than hurry it out before it's ready"? I'm sure tens of people will buy a Dell instead of a Mac because they couldn't wait until mid-to-late August or early September (mid-summer is about August 6th).

  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: very late

    Sounds to me Testudo like you are speculating yourself that we're looking at a late summer release. As far as your "no critical comments allowed here," I don't care for fanboys who can see no wrong from Apple, but like most people here, I find your endlessly critical comments grow equally tiresome.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hope they keep the 17 edu

    the larger models are stunning but a bit much for the 18 -24" deep desks and carrels that they have in a lot of schools.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I can't wait so I go Dell

    I don't think anyone will go Dell because the "new" iMac will be late even though the current iMac is readily available. Besides don't most students buy Mac Books rather than desktop? The next iMac will probably be thinner, have a great look and probably be offered in black, finally. Apple has been steadily moving the look of hardware and software into one. I am ripe to replace a very solid 2001 tower and can't decide if the iMac will get my money or if the Pro is overkill and a space hog.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ban testudo.

    Trolls on other forums get banned. Testudo is a troll. Ban time! I am so tired of all the c*** testudo spews onto this forum, much of it completely off topic of unsupported by fact. Macnn, at least institute an ignore feature so we can block out such wastes of reading time?

  1. Will C

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No keep him

    I like Testudo's comments - there is often some truth in them, though I suspect MacNN like him being here - maybe he is staff like TMO used to have.

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