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Redesigned iMacs due as soon as next week?

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009

New iMacs said imminent

Apple could be on the verge of launching its increasingly rumored redesigned iMacs as early as next week, a new rumor suggests today. A pair of sources for AppleInsider say the company has already been assembling the new all-in-ones for the past two weeks and that large-scale buyers have been given discounts in an effort to clear excess stock. These would only last one week.

Updates wouldn't come later than mid-October in this view and would be less expensive than existing models. In recent years, Apple has tended to reserve any fall Mac updates for the same month.

It's assumed the new design would still share design cues from the LED Cinema Display and should be thinner; the 24-inch panel currently uses a unibody or unibody-like design that renders it slimmer than the iMac in most respects, although some of this stems from the absence of computing parts inside.

Multiple internal upgrades have previously been floated as possibilities and could include a Blu-ray option, AV features better suited to pros or enthusiasts, and upgraded graphics. In the time since the iMacs adopted NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M chipset, rumors have circulated that Apple will use two sequel chipsets, though both of these weren't expected to show until early next year.

Intel's new Core i7 mobile processors are purportedly ruled out, however, as the claimed leak only points to dual-core chips. So far, these chips are only available in quad-core form and aren't necessarily faster depending on the task. They're also known to be relatively expensive. More viable dual-core i7 and i5 chips aren't anticipated until early 2010 and might leave Apple using upgraded Core 2 processors instead.




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  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    This better not be true

    No quad-core = epic fail

  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Well...

    I would not hold your breath for a quad-core unit. Heat is a major factor in the current design being so thin. The iMac G5 and it's "super computing" power saw many iMacs just drop dead from bulging capacitors which were likely caused by the excessive heat.

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    waiting...

    come on, emac-san... you can hold out another week or two, ne? ne?

  1. van rijn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    meh

    been years for the desktop... ef the imacs. when are the desktops going to be redone?

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    @Arty50

    People who use the term epic fail = grand disapointment

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Capacitors != heat

    Those were just plain old bad build quality. Dell had entire lines of machines with the same caps that were going bad. Over the course of a summer, I watched most every Windows box in a school district get shipped to Dell for testing and mobo replacement due to those capacitors.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    28" quad core...

    ...and blueray capable would indeed tempt me...

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    duh

    You know, Arty, anyone who uses the phrase "epic fail" is not going to be taken seriously. Why don't you have an original thought?

    And oh yeah, watch how many million iMacs Apple sells with 2 cores.

  1. Ravensign

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Quad Core SRSLY

    If they aren't quad core, it would deter me from taking a bite. I am on the verge of buying, but I dont want to get stuck with a model I will have for 3 years or so, and only the two non SMT cores.

    I am under the assumption that more and more system and 3rd party software will be taking advantage of Grand Central Dispatch over the coming years and want to set myself up for that era.

    I, for one, would be disinclined to buy this round of iMacs if there wasn't a quad core option, but that's just me.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Damn - I just bought

    Damn - I just bought an iMac. It is to replace one stolen from the workplace so it's not as if I had much choice in the timing. But still ... damn.

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