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iMac, Mac mini refreshes next week?

updated 10:10 am EST, Mon November 3, 2008

iMac, Mac mini refreshes?

Anticipated refreshes of the iMac and Mac mini could happen as early as next week, according to anonymous sources. Described only as "persistent," the sources say that an announcement is scheduled for November 10th, rather than Macworld, Apple's next confirmed publicity event in January. The primary reasoning is said to be Mac Pro, which is also due for an update, but which may not have enough chips ready for mass production. The Pro will instead take the place of the iMac and Mini at Macworld, two of the sources suggest, in exchange providing more holiday sales of the latter systems.

Specifications for the new computers are unknown, but the systems would likely be updated to use modern Intel and NVIDIA platforms, in keeping with the changes made to MacBooks in October. The Mini in particular is believed to be in dire need of an update, having last been changed in August of 2007.




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  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Bye Bye FW?

    I wonder if the Firewire-extinction continues on these models as well...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ditto...

    ...been waiting for the Mini upgrade for ages! Would be a bit peeved to see firewire terminated but so long as it gets gigabit-E instead, for a fixed installation (as opposed to the Macbook gaffe) the loss of FW ain't quite so bad...but still bad...

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -19

    Don't get hopes up.

    Yay.... iMac and Mac Mini updates next week.

    Biggest update, you ask??? Systematic REMOVAL of Firewire from both comptuers.

    I'll go ahead and assign these updates a pre-emptive EPICFAIL, as I am SURE they will be missing firewire.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -20

    IF I COULD KILL APPLE..

    I will. TIME TO DESTROY THEM!>>> LIKE HOW THEY DESTROY FIREWIRE!!

    THEY ARE MORE & MORE s******* OVER THE CONSUMER BY THE YEAR!

    WHAT'S NEXT? NO USB 2.0?... NOW USB 1.1? I WILL ABANDON APPLE ALTOGETHER AND START A MASSIVE ANTI-APPLE CAMPAIGN! NO BLUFF... F*K APPLE!!

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    re: guests

    Please quit polluting this board. You both sound like you're 14 years old (probably one person wrote both posts). Who cares about your moronic threats to Apple? It's hilarious how stupid you are.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    FW

    I doubt FW will get removed in the next iMac update, though its future for the mini is doubtful to me, as is the future of the mini itself. Somewhat heartening to even see rumor that it will get an update and not axed all together.

    IF Apple DOES remove FW from the iMac, then my future as an Apple customer is in doubt. Seriously, I consider it to be too important to live without, especially since just about every external HD I have is FW based, not to mention other important uses of the technology.
    If it does happen, and I stay with the Apple platform, I'll have to find the cash somewhere to buy one of the current refurb models that still has FW, which should last me a while until I figure out my next move.

    Lets hope Apple hasn't lost their minds, and none of us have to consider abandonment of the platform.

  1. MisterP

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Re: IF I COULD KILL APP

    I guess Apple killed the caps lock key on you machine.

    Bye the way how old are you exactly? I'm guessing around 11 or 12!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Question

    Has there been any recon on what the supply chain looks like for existing iMac models? It seems, historically at least, that dwindling supply chatter comes before an update.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    FireWire blues

    It seems that nobody has understood the reasoning behind the missing FW on MB. It has NOTHING to do with Apple's desire to abandon FW systematically. The missing FW is the differentiator between MB and MBP. If MB had FW, the only difference between the two would be an extra 2 inches of screen space, an obscure Expresscard slot (which nobody needs) and $700. Would any of you ever buy MBP again if for $700 you could get practically the same?

    FireWire isn't going anywhere on iMacs. I'm not sure if the Mini will continue to live; if it does, it will likely still have FW. It isn't competing against Mac Pro, so FW need not be that differentiator.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    BTO options...

    ...for the MacBook (and others) might contemplate including both FW & combo eSata/USB ports?

    Macs aren't supposed to be downgrading performance & USB 2 is so slow in comparison I just don't get it...

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