Apple iMac 2011 Sandy Bridge & Thunderbolt: 4 New Models?

We’ve been bringing you as much news and speculation as we can about the new Apple iMac 2011 refresh, which we expect to be confirmed in the next hour or so. We told how all the rumors added to a May 3 release and then earlier today told how the Apple Store had gone down, a sure sign that they are on the way.

Although the site is not yet back up and there is no official confirmation, Seth Weintraub over on 9to5 Mac seems to have already had the word about what we can expect within the new few hours for the new iMac line. As most of us expected the new iMacs will have the latest Sandy Bridge processors and also the Thunderbolt port that was widely desired and what many of our readers wanted to see.

There appears to be just one 21.5 –inch version along with three 27-inch models, all sporting quad-cores. You can see the list, courtesy of 9to5Mac above. We’re also informed that the 21.5-inch version has 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive as standard. All three 27-inch models start with 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drives with a range of processors from a 2.7GHz quad-core to a 3.4GHz quad-core. Andrew Munchbach over on BGR also reports that two of the new iMacs have the NVIDIA 6770M graphics card while the other two models have the NVIDIA 6970M graphics card.

We’ll be keeping our eyes out for the confirmation of this when the Apple Store comes back up, hopefully sooner rather than later. Are you waiting patiently for new of the new iMacs? What do you think about what’s speculated so far? Let us know with your comments.