Apple New iMac 2011 Refresh Release: Looks Like May 3

We have many readers waiting for news of the new iMacs for 2011, and we know this from the response to our previous stories. We told you some weeks ago that it seemed likely that they would come in late April/early May and now it seems even more likely that the Apple new iMac 2011 refresh will in fact be released this coming Tuesday, May 3.

In the last week we told how it was strongly rumored that May 3 or 4 would be the launch day and then only yesterday felt that the iMac refresh was very close after reports of low stocks and discounted models. Today there is more news about these Apple desktops, with sources specifically telling of May 3 as the day they will be introduced.

Over on Apple Insider, Kasper Jade reports that “people familiar with the matter” gave this detail along with the fact that as most of us already expected, the new iMac will indeed sport new Sandy Bridge Core i5/i7 processors and the Thunderbolt port that was first introduced on the MacBook Pro refresh in February. Other rumors about new AMD Radeon HD chips and different model sizes, have not been confirmed though. Apple Insider’s sources have previously supplied reliable information about new Apple developments.

Other signs of an imminent product launch include retail operations sources, which tell of a “visual night” for the early hours of May 3. This is where Apple retail employees are asked to work in the night or early morning hours making changes for product layouts inside stores. Many feel that the iMac refresh is overdue and TUAW reports that the last refresh took place on July 27, 2010 so it’s only around 9 months since the last iMacs were introduced, but there are also questions about the long-term future of desktops and it will be interesting to see how Apple intends to progress with its desktop line in the future.

Earlier today we also asked what you were most looking forward to seeing, the iPhone 5 or new iMac, and we’d still like to hear from you regarding what you hope to see on the new iMacs and also how much you’d be prepared to pay. Let us have your comments please and remember, May 3, is only a few short days away.