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Apple slips mention of 'late 2011' iMac in Thunderbolt docs

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Fri September 16, 2011

Apple hints at quick 2011 iMac refresh

Apple in posting its Thunderbolt support details may have inadvertently revealed plans for a second iMac update this year. The document makes reference to a "late 2011" alongside the current mid 2011 edition. The all-in-one isn't referenced anywhere else, but the phrasing makes it clear the reference was deliberate, if not intended to go live so soon.

The mention has come just days after leaks of a second 2011 MacBook Pro upgrade and could point to Apple having a more comprehensive Mac update for those systems that weren't updated in the summer.

Any update may not come until as late as November. If not taking advantage of milder chip updates, Apple may want to wait until Sandy Bridge-E, when it can get a new chipset and more substantial upgrades at the high end of the iMac line. More RAM and hard drive space are additional candidates.

The iMac and MacBook Pro updates may simply be arriving because of Intel's roadmap. Intel's successor to Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, won't show until March or later. A touched up Mac line could keep Apple's most important desktops and notebooks current until Apple is ready to provide a more fundamental update. [via 9to5]

by MacNN Staff



  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Pretty sure that "Late 2011" just refers to the $999 education iMac (which was released just one month ago):

    This is how stupid rumors get started.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not just "pretty sure", this is precisely what it is. But let's be fair: we can't expect a Mac-focused news outlet to know these things.

  1. tomdun

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You mean the only iMac without a Thunderbolt port? On a Thunderbolt support FAQ?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Uhhhh

    Pretty sure that "Late 2011" just refers to the $999 education iMac (which was released just one month ago):

    Except that computer doesn't have Thunderbolt. So how does it support even one TB displays, let alone two?

  1. Hagenn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple taketh away

    And now that little listing appears to have been removed. It only says "Mid-2011".

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