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New iMac 2011 Release Rumor: Refresh April/May with Thunderbolt

March 24, 2022 | Debbie Turner
 

You may remember that when the MacBook Pro line was recently refreshed for 2011 there had been speculation that the new iMacs would be unveiled at the same time. Sadly this did not arise at that time and we don’t want to get our readers’ hopes up but it seems that there is fresh news that the new iMac 2011 line may be coming in April or May.

News of impending new iMacs will please a lot of people and we know from the many comments to our iMac stories, just how many of you are waiting for news on refreshed iMacs. On our posts about what you’d like to see on the new iMacs and also about how much you’d be willing to pay for higher-specification iMacs, there are a lot of suggestions that people want the latest Sandy Bridge processors and also the new Thunderbolt technology, as on the MacBook Pro refresh.

News of the refresh coming in late April or early May comes to us from Slash Lane on Apple Insider and the rumor originated from a comment from CNet’s BrianTong on Twitter. His tweet said, “EXCLUSIVE: My Sources: New iMacs en route by ocean to U.S. available end of April or 1st week of May. No major cosmetic changes.” Tong is also reported to have said that he is confident of his sources and that the new iMacs will have the latest Sandy Bridge processors, that so many of our readers want to see, and are also expected to feature the Thunderbolt port.

We would certainly be surprised not to see the latest Sandy Bridge processors or Thunderbolt on the new iMacs and know that many people would be disappointed if those don’t make an appearance, but it’s also good to hear something of the release date and April or May is not too much longer to wait. Leander Kahney on Cult of Mac tells more about the 4-6 week shipping date and points out a refresh for the iMacs is overdue according to their Interactive Buyer’s Guide which you may want to take a look at.

In the meantime why not check out our previous articles, linked to above, and add your comments about what further features you’d like to see and how much you’re willing to pay. Are you waiting for the new iMacs 2011? Let us know with your comments.

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  1. I am surely one that's been waiting for this new puppy to come out!!.

  2. I'm also waiting for the updated iMac. As a musician with a 5 year old iMac, I sure could use a performance boost - but now with Thunderbolt I'll be able to attach unlimited storage without impeding my audio interface's Firewire or USB throughput.
    I'd be equally if they'd simply add an eSATA port though…

  3. Linus says:

    I do want a smaller iMac, like for example 17 inches..

  4. Piper says:

    And plz put a HDMI om it in stead of the silly miniport.

    • Ryan says:

      You do realize the miniport is the thunderbolt port. Plus, the whole point of the miniport was so you could do more than one type of hookup =|

  5. M Nice says:

    I am eagerly waiting the release of a new imac

  6. Eric says:

    I hope intel makes a DESKTOP i7 extreme and then put that in the imacs.
    Use the fastest processer spped.
    Have dual and quad and possibly 6 core processers.
    Upgrade the ati's to the amd readon.
    THUNDERBOLT.
    Cheaper SSD and 0.0002% chance of flash storage.
    Make 8GB ram standard.

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