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Next iMac, MacBook Pro seen with redesigns in 1st-half 2011

updated 10:05 pm EST, Wed December 15, 2010

New iMac screen, slight MacBook Pro rework tipped

Apple is planning refreshes of the iMac and MacBook Pro for the first half of 2011 that should include redesigns, part suppliers said Wednesday night. The iMac will reportedly get a "new panel size" and a "mainstream," presumably lower price to reach more users. Other details of the all-in-one weren't forthcoming from Digitimes' sources, although a jump to Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture for processors and newer graphics chips are both probable.

The MacBook Pro would meanwhile have only a "slight" change in its design but could be one of the first Apple notebooks to ship with Mac OS X Lion from the start, the component producers claimed. Little else was mentioned, but recent rumors have already pointed to MacBook Pros using AMD graphics on the high end, most likely the Radeon HD 6000M series.

Both the iMac and the MacBook Pro would be made by Foxconn and Quanta, the tips suggested. Quanta has usually been Apple's manufacturer of the choice for the iMac, but it sometimes farms out production to other contractors to help with high demand. Regardless of the split, Quanta is expected to depend more on Apple's popularity, as the Mac's share of Quanta's revenue would grow from 20 percent this year to between 28 and 30 percent in 2011.

MacBooks are expected to be even more of a driver for Apple this year, the unofficial estimates added: the company would have "no trouble" shipping 10 million of the portables in 2010, and the redesigned MacBook Pros plus Lion could help Apple ship between 30 to 40 percent more notebooks next year.

The rumors don't have directly corroborating evidence, but Apple has been seeing a resurgence in desktops led by the current iMac design and may be eager to seize on the popularity with a more accessible or simply more value-loaded version than in the past. MacBook Pro systems, particularly the 13-inch model, have usually been Apple's main sales drivers since the unibody redesigns.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Tjp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iMac design

    I am hoping they lose the "chin" and add a touchscreen. And they could add one PCIe slot to the 27 inch and just about lose the tower Mac Pro line except for specialized applications.

    What I expect is a smaller (still) chin and maybe blu-ray or other storage options along with USB 3.0. And maybe thinner as there are already 1TB 2.5 inch high performance drives.

    My dream is a built in battery backup and heavy duty surge protector but that is just to declutter my office even more.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Then you better hope Steve Jobs isn't calling the shots at Apple. Steve isn't likely to switch his staunch stance against BlueRay or touchscreens.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Trouble

    >>>the company would have "no trouble" shipping 10 million of the portables in 2010

    Doesn't Microsoft sell 10 million Win 7 licenses in a weekend?

    ~~~ Kicks back with a cold drink to watch my HD BluRay Movie playing on my Windoze 7 Powered HTPC showing on my Samsung HDTV. ~~~

    ** No fruitiness here!

  1. heyjp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More Air-Like

    I think Steve laid the biggest clue while introducing the Air when he stated sic "this is the future of all laptops". I'm expecting the optical storage to be dropped, hard drive kept, but some SSD added for the system. This produces a slimmer profile, more battery life, and instant on. The hard drive will be the differentiator along with 15 & 17 inch graphics.

    But what do I know? ;-)


  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Do you ever have anything intelligent to add to the comment sections?

  1. Ryszard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lion not likely

    Lion is in early alpha development. Will likely be shown off, as usual, at Apple's developer conference in May-July, and ship 2-3 months later. So, no, I don't think anything will ship pre-loaded with Lion in first half of 2011.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better Graphics

    I, for one, hope Apple finally puts a real high-end graphics card into the MacBook Pro. Something with at least 1GB of VRAM. Portable DOSBoxes have had things like that for years.

    With FireWire stalled at 800 for ages, hopefully we'll see the debut of Light Peak. I bet Apple completely ignores USB3, the Kindle of peripheral interfaces.

  1. Edlern

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Matte screen option

    I've long wished for a matte screen option for the iMac. I sit with a large picture window behind me and the glossy screen simply won't work for me. I'm now forced to use a MacMini with a third party monitor.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I won't hold my breath...

    I won't hold my breath, but I'd like to see support for 3 total monitors on both the iMac and MacBook Pro.

    The i7 27" iMac would be an acceptable alternative to a 'headless iMac' if I could add two 27" LCDs to it.. easier to upgrade (not having to go in from the front) would be nice as well... LightPeak .. I'd love to see it, but I'm doubtful..

    I agree that it's likely Apple will continue it's annoying obsession with anorexic laptops, continuing to ignore actual Pro users that want to buy Pro laptops..

    And, with the death of the Xserve, and the further shrinking of the Mini, odds of a true headless iMac (as opposed to the headless MacBook the mini is) seem to be shrinking every day.. I'd prefer an i7 mini tower to replace my G5, along with a 15" MacBook *PRO* with better expansion (ExpressCard) and a little more meat on it's bones. Someone at Apple needs to give the MacBook Pros a BBQ pork sandwich (or 5)!!! Sadly, Apple doesn't seem to want to sell me, or any of my clients these Macs.

    Is Apple doing well right now with it's anti-pro/prosumer business model? Sure. But the consumer market is fickle, and alienating Pro and Prosumer customers could bite them in the a** sooner or later. Look at where Sony was a few years ago... No, they're not near bankruptcy by any means, but they have slid from a clearly dominant position to what many would consider a "once great" consumer products company... Apple's treatment of the very customers that kept them solvent in the bad old days is just short-sighted.

  1. brinkster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not as nice looking

    I really don't care for the new designs that much, I really like the previous design with the extra aluminum wrapping around the edge of the glass... somehow the new design just seems like a way to reduce costs in producing the iMac.

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