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Next iMac to get "wish-list," semi-pro AV features?

updated 02:25 pm EDT, Fri August 7, 2009

iMac 2009 Feature Teaser

The next revision of Apple's iMac should bring at least a pair of much sought-after features, a teaser rumor puts forward. A veteran source for AppleInsider claims that at least two often-requested features should make it into the next revision. One vague claim says the all-in-one will address a 'wish-list' feature, but another is purported to address the semi-pro audio and visual editing segment.

The tip is described as having such relatively little detail due to a lack of permission to elaborate on the features. However, a rumor in the same report also says that an enclosure redesign is in the works and could arrive this year, though it may not necessarily be connected with the other features.

Speculation exists that the AV feature may involve a Blu-ray reader. Apple chief Steve Jobs famously referred to the licensing and implementation troubles behind Blu-ray as a "bag of hurt," but the company just lately added Blu-ray burning to Final Cut Studio. A Sony executive has also claimed his company was developing Blu-ray for Apple, but these claims have been publicly downplayed.

Apple's next chance for a processor upgrade to the iMac would be in late September, when Intel is expected to unveil its Clarksfield mobile processors, though whether these will be used is unknown. They bring the more powerful Nehalem architecture to mobile-sized chips but are clocked as low as 1.6GHz in normal form, potentially running more slowly in the iMac. It's considered more probable that Arrandale, the lower-power dual-core version of Clarksfield, will be the first non-Core 2 processor for iMacs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe Blueray and a headless iMac :)

  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quad or bust

    It's an absolute travesty the iMac hasn't gone quad yet. Low end windows machines that sell for less than the iMac have largely gone quad at this point. Apple is way way behind right now.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yah I confess I too can't understand how the h*** Apple hasn't realized we need a quad consumer level machine.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here's why

    Nothing uses quad processors yet. Almost no consumer level software is multiprocessor aware beyond two processors or cores. Snow Leopard will change that with Grand Central, but that's why we haven't seen it so far.

    On 8 core Mac Pros, none of the iLife suite uses more than 2 cores. Not even iMovie. Remember that the iMac is a consumer level machine, so until the software can use it there is just no point in having more than 2 cores.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Faster != Better?

    I have an eerie feeling a lot of red thumbs-down will be clicked on this post, but... to h*** with it! ;)

    While I understand the urgency and wants of people for "bigger, better, faster," I think it must be said that bigger/better/faster does not mean "more talented" or "more highly skilled."

    If you can't write a cohesive sentence on a 200MHz machine, four cores isn't going to help you with your spelling and grammar...

    If you can't write a decent line of code with an old PowerMac G4 tower, four cores isn't going to make you a better programmer...

    If you can't put colors together in a pleasing way on a 1GHz machine, four cores isn't going to make you a better designer...

    More power is always better, I agree (and who wouldn't want four cores in their iMacs?) -- but I find quite commonly people whom equate their own skills and abilities to the speed and power of their computers, when in fact, the two are most definitely mutually exclusive.

    I've got my helmet on -- let the beatings begin!

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Title says it all. Easy swapable hard drives, upgradeable video card..etc

  1. gperks

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In other news, an upcoming update will include asked-for features, such as improved graphics and sound. It might also include faster hardware.

    Now expand that to four paragraphs and you have a newsworthy article :)

  1. OkieDoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    upgradeable hard drive

    Seriously wish that the current iMac chassis was more easily upgradeable in terms of HD, like the old ones were. Would love to drop an SSD in one and see how it runs, but take the screen glass off to swap in a new drive? um, no.

  1. cacruden

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not a big fan of the iMac

    I love the other macs - but I do have a wish list....
    -Love the Mac Pro (I own a 2008 model)
    - would like a non-pro version of the mac with the same concept of the mac-pro (maybe quad CPU - non-Xeon handling up to 16GB, multiple drives at a little lower price) - and a slightly smaller tower case.
    - like the Mac Mini concept - just wish they had a slightly larger one - USB3, space for a second drive - or eSATA ports; up to 8GB memory - and supporting 4 monitors - ok dreaming about 4 monitors :o).
    - can't think of much I would change about the macbook pro line - just weighting for new tech to come down in price; OLED, larger memory drives).

  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dual vs Quad

    To those who are saying you don't need quad, I have two points.

    1) It's not about what you actually do or don't need. It's about perceived value. If a consumer is looking at an iMac and a Dell on the shelf, they're going to pick the machine with the "better" specs. Macs need relative parity spec wise in order for consumers to consider them. Especially given the fact that PCs and Macs use essentially the same hardware now.

    2) While basic apps may not use more than two processors today, that's going to change very soon with Snow Leopard. I'm not buying a machine for how it runs now. I'm buying a machine for how it runs for the next 3-5 years. Simply put, a dual core machine is going to be severely crippled compared to a quad core machine in that time span.

    When you compare current PCs to current iMacs, it's a joke right now considering the price to performance ratio. It's not about how well the machine performs right now. It's about how well the machine performs over it's lifetime. PC's that use quad core processors have a ton more headroom than the current iMac. It's pretty simple.

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