If you’re an Apple enthusiast you may well be an iMac user and may also remember that there was recently speculation that at the launch of the 2011 MacBook Pro line we may see refreshed iMac desktop PCs too. However the MacBook Pro refresh duly arrived but there was no news on updated iMacs. We know from our readers that many were hoping for news on the iMac and are wondering when we may hear more and also want to know what you are hoping to see on new versions.
It was back on February 22 that we reported on a DigiTimes article whereby supply chain sources had told of a possible new iMac line with new screen sizes at the same time as the Pro refresh. Previously DigiTimes had reported on updated iMacs that would feature new panel sizes and price points coming in the first half of 2011. However we noted that shipping dates had remained unchanged for iMacs, whereas the MacBook Pros, that we definitely knew were coming, were receiving longer shipping dates.
Sadly, as you will know if you’re waiting for the updated iMacs, there has still been no further news on a 2011 iMac refresh as yet. The last iMac refresh was in July 2010 and current prices start from $1,199 and we know from the response to our previous article just how many of you are thinking of purchasing an iMac but don’t want to make the move if an upgrade will be out shortly.
Unfortunately we can’t pretend to have access to release information for new iMacs yet and so we can only speculate when they might arrive. The previous MacBook Pro refresh was in April 2010 so they were due for an update first, and the new lineup arrived on February 24, 2011, so the gap between updates for the MacBook Pro was around 10 months. If we were to imagine the same sort of gap for the iMacs too, then we would expect a refresh to be out around May, but again have to point out that is purely speculative.
However saying that, it would seem that May would be a very good time for the iMac refresh to be released with enough of a gap between the next major Apple product launch which is expected to be that of the iPhone 5 coming in June/July. I for one, would certainly be surprised if the iMac refresh doesn’t come out before the iPhone 5. The other thing we wanted to consider is what you are hoping to see on the refreshed iMacs? Current iMacs have screen sizes of 21.5-inches and 27-inches but as we have already heard, there are certainly rumors of new screen sizes. Of course we would expect the new ThunderBolt (Light Peak) technology to be used, as on the new MacBook Pros and another thing that we reckon is a dead cert is the latest Sandy Bridge processors.
Among our previous comments from readers have been wishes that the refreshed iMacs will have a larger choice of screen sizes with possibly a 30-inch option, improved graphics cards, 8GB base memory, and SSD options. We’ll be keeping our ears and eyes peeled for more iMac news and will let you know the minute we hear anything more. We’d be interested to hear if you’re waiting for the upgraded iMacs to be announced and what you would most like to see on the new and improved iMacs so let us have your comments on this.
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