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In addition to introducing new MacBook Pro notebooks, a new unsubstantiated rumor claims Apple this week may also release an updated iMac all-in-one desktop with a modified screen size.

Citing its usual supply chain sources, DigiTimes reported on Tuesday that Apple may launch its new iMac desktop alongside new MacBook Pro models. The report said Apple "may make some changes over the screen size to allow panel cutting to reach its optimization."

While a flurry of reports have surrounded the anticipated MacBook Pro update, little has been said about an iMac update. In fact, the last indication of an iMac refresh came from the same publication in December 2010, when it said that Apple could release its new iMac in the first half of 2011. That report said the new iMac would have a "new panel size and price point for the mainstream market."

Apple's iMac line of desktops were last updated in July 2010 with Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and ATI Radeon graphics. The current lineup has a starting price of $1,199.

In Tuesday's report, DigiTimes added even more support to the belief that new MacBook Pros will launch before the end of February, likely this Thursday. The publication said that most IT malls in Taiwan do not have any MacBook Pro inventory in stock, but added that volume shipments of the new notebooks will not pick up "significantly" until March.

The MacBook Pro lineup is even more due for an update than the iMac, as Apple's high-end notebooks have not seen an update since April 2010. The systems were updated to what were then Intel's latest high-end Core i7, Core i5 and Core 2 Duo mobile processors.
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Hallelujah! That's all I've been asking for. Increased screen and lower price is perfect. Looks like I'll be hitting the Apple Refurbished Store this week.
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I would totally jump on a new iMac if the goodies were right !
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The Mac is back!
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Nah, Apple won't do both at same time.
MacBooks will get updates.
iMac will update later.
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I really hope they give an anti-glare option on the iMacs. I'm still using a white 24". Have upgraded to glossy twice and had to go back due to headaches and sore eyes.
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In addition to introducing new MacBook Pro notebooks, a new unsubstantiated rumor claims Apple this week may also release an updated iMac all-in-one desktop with a modified screen size.

Citing its usual supply chain sources, DigiTimes reported on Tuesday that Apple may launch its new iMac desktop alongside new MacBook Pro models. The report said Apple "may make some changes over the screen size to allow panel cutting to reach its optimization."

While a flurry of reports have surrounded the anticipated MacBook Pro update, little has been said about an iMac update. In fact, the last indication of an iMac refresh came from the same publication in December 2010, when it said that Apple could release its new iMac in the first half of 2011. That report said the new iMac would have a "new panel size and price point for the mainstream market."

Apple's iMac line of desktops were last updated in July 2010 with Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and ATI Radeon graphics. The current lineup has a starting price of $1,199.

In Tuesday's latest report, DigiTimes added even more support to the belief that new MacBook Pros will launch before the end of February, likely this Thursday. The publication said that most IT malls in Taiwan do not have any MacBook Pro inventory in stock, but added that volume shipments of the new notebooks will not pick up "significantly" until March.

The MacBook Pro lineup is even more due for an update than the iMac, as Apple's high-end notebooks have not seen an update since April 2010. The systems were updated to what were then Intel's latest high-end Core i7, Core i5 and Core 2 Duo mobile processors.

if they do this big of a Mac refresh on thursday then Steve is in dire straights with his health. He began with the Mac and may wish to end with focus on the Mac. not trying to be morbid but just a thought.
wonder if Lion will be the focus as well?
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What if it's a refresh of the MBPs and iMacs but with a touch screen. Now that would be news! Wouldn't it be a very interesting computing experience? Whether it happens or not, it would be a great idea to solidify Apple's current rise. And it would simplify Apple's offerings across the product line. Plus at that point they'd be hitting all their main markets with the same type of technology on the desktop, laptop, iPad & iPod market, with superior experience for the computer users. Here's to dreaming.
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There is a reason the MacBook Pros are 3-5 days and everything else is 24 hours. Stay focused.
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Originally Posted by Smiles77 View Post

Hallelujah! That's all I've been asking for. Increased screen and lower price is perfect. Looks like I'll be hitting the Apple Refurbished Store this week.

Not to pour too much cold water on your joy, but I don't read anything in the article that actually says the screens are getting bigger.

The article here is really just a confusing account of a bad translation of a report of a rumour.

This sentence for instance: "... may make some changes over the screen size to allow panel cutting to reach its optimization (sic)." is meaningless gibberish without the original context.
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What if it's a refresh of the MBPs and iMacs but with a touch screen. Now that would be news! Wouldn't it be a very interesting computing experience? Whether it happens or not, it would be a great idea to solidify Apple's current rise. And it would simplify Apple's offerings across the product line. Plus at that point they'd be hitting all their main markets with the same type of technology on the desktop, laptop, iPad & iPod market, with superior experience for the computer users. Here's to dreaming.

I just dont get touchscreen desktop pc's, fingerprints are going to be real annoying. They need to invent a touch where you dont actually touch the screen.

On the other hand, after too much ipad time, I have the reflex of touching my iMac screen
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And what of the Mac Mini. Surely Sandy Bridge will soon be found in that product considering it's basically using the same components as the laptops. And how long before the hard drive in that product goes solid state. I could easily imagine, also, a time when the Mini will be made minus the optical drive.

The end result would be an incredibly small desktop device.
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if they do this big of a Mac refresh on thursday then Steve is in dire straights with his health. He began with the Mac and may wish to end with focus on the Mac. not trying to be morbid but just a thought.
wonder if Lion will be the focus as well?

Its not so much morbid as a non-sensical thought. I wouldn't read anything about SJ's, or anyone else's health from a long planned product rollout,
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I just dont get touchscreen desktop pc's, fingerprints are going to be real annoying. They need to invent a touch where you dont actually touch the screen.

You mean Tom Cruise-style?
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In another unsubstantiated rumor, all new Mac customers will get a pony!
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In another unsubstantiated rumor, all new Mac customers will get a pony!

Make it a unicorn with a rainbow horn and I'm in.
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In another unsubstantiated rumor, all new Mac customers will get a pony!

Yay! I've always wanted an pony!
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Originally Posted by screamingfist View Post

if they do this big of a Mac refresh on thursday then Steve is in dire straights with his health. He began with the Mac and may wish to end with focus on the Mac. not trying to be morbid but just a thought.
wonder if Lion will be the focus as well?

Actually, given your history here as a troll, I think you were absolutely trying to be morbid. I guess dishonesty is an integral part of the troll ethos.
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Yay! I've always wanted an pony!

Yes! My first (Apple) pony!
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Yes! My first (Apple) pony!

iPony™ with your iMac

MacPony™ with your MB/MBP/MBA

MacStallion™ with your Mac Pro

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post #21 of 58
Ugh. Just bought a top of the line iMac. Core i7 2.93 with 8GB of Memory, 2 TB Hard Drive. No SSD.

Would have been nice to know last week when I ordered it.
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Originally Posted by mikeysbistro View Post

What if it's a refresh of the MBPs and iMacs but with a touch screen..

If it's a touch screen count me out.... yuck
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Not to pour too much cold water on your joy, but I don't read anything in the article that actually says the screens are getting bigger.

The article here is really just a confusing account of a bad translation of a report of a rumour.

This sentence for instance: "... may make some changes over the screen size to allow panel cutting to reach its optimization (sic)." is meaningless gibberish without the original context.

Why did you (sic) that quote? There is no grammatical or spelling errors in it...

But I do I agree, there really isn't anything specific enough for this to be exciting or derive assumptions from.
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Ugh. Just bought a top of the line iMac. Core i7 2.93 with 8GB of Memory, 2 TB Hard Drive. No SSD.

Would have been nice to know last week when I ordered it.

That's what sucks about the pace of technology development: no matter what you purchase, within six months, something better and faster will come out. But, at some point, you gotta make a choice and hope it can last you a while.

I didn't purchase the iPad v1 because I figured version 2 will be better (duh!), but, of course, v3 will be even better!! \
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post #25 of 58
Digitimes is not a credible news source.
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This will not happen only one updated product line at a time... 6 new MBP will be just enough for them to handle.
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Originally Posted by biggsjm View Post

Ugh. Just bought a top of the line iMac. Core i7 2.93 with 8GB of Memory, 2 TB Hard Drive. No SSD.

Would have been nice to know last week when I ordered it.

You'd have known last week if you did a little research.
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That's what sucks about the pace of technology development: no matter what you purchase, within six months, something better and faster will come out. But, at some point, you gotta make a choice and hope it can last you a while.

I didn't purchase the iPad v1 because I figured version 2 will be better (duh!), but, of course, v3 will be even better!! \

That's especially true with a new product like the iPad which will no doubt evolve rather significantly in the next few years.

I, too, am waiting for the iPad Version 2 but I'm not waiting for any versions beyond that in that if I'm waiting for a high-res display, desktop-like power, the upcoming connection tech, the death of Flash, and on and on, that's a couple of years of not using the tablet. As long as you buy early enough into a product's cycle, there's nothing else you can do.

Bottom line is, if the product you do buy gets the job done, nothing else matters.
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Stagger the launches? MBPs on Thursday, iMacs next Tuesday?
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I was very annoyed when Apple eliminated the mid-size iMac. 27" is more than the average home user needs or wants, and the 21.5 is too small. Especially when many are needing to replace their old 24". I ended up replacing my wife's ailing 24" with a 27" which she really doesn't need or want and feeling like I was wasting money. PLEASE bring back something between 21 and 27.
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This will not happen only one updated product line at a time... 6 new MBP will be just enough for them to handle.

I agree with this. Apple is pretty good at keeping their name in the news. I think keeping the refreshes of Macbook Pros and iMacs separate would maximize this effect.
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Ugh. Just bought a top of the line iMac. Core i7 2.93 with 8GB of Memory, 2 TB Hard Drive. No SSD.

Would have been nice to know last week when I ordered it.

Don't be upset. That machine you ordered is a Beast!
I have the i5 w 8GB ram and it's awesome.
The i7 is even better.
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Digitimes is not a credible news source.

Perhaps, but it sure is entertaining!
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Digitimes is not a credible news source.

Have they ever been right about anything? I don't understand why the rumor sites continue to repost their claims.
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Ugh. Just bought a top of the line iMac. Core i7 2.93 with 8GB of Memory, 2 TB Hard Drive. No SSD.

Would have been nice to know last week when I ordered it.

doesn't matter that you bought that machine....
even IF iMac gets a refresh early, the entry level and mid level still will not be able to touch that setup...
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Have they ever been right about anything? I don't understand why the rumor sites continue to repost their claims.

Because people have a thirst for apple news. Without official news, rumors will capture just as many eyeballs, even those from untrustworthy sources.
post #37 of 58
Now I can give a bit more weight to the light peak rumors. An extra port on an imac is a no biggie, and would work nicely with a mouse and keyboard. Good way to show capability without sacraficing current ports on a macbook.
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I just dont get touchscreen desktop pc's, fingerprints are going to be real annoying. They need to invent a touch where you dont actually touch the screen.

Nobody complains about fingerprints on their iPads, so why would a desktop be different?

The real reason it won't be a touch screen is that nobody wants to sit and reaches out at the computer to access controls. Your arms would get tired and it'd be very awkward.
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Nobody complains about fingerprints on their iPads, so why would a desktop be different?

Easier to hold an iPad w/one hand and wipe it with the other than to try and do that with a monitor maybe?

As for the iMac, they can simplify things and go to 3 models, 1 each at 21.5, 24 and 27". Differences within the same screen size can be resolved via the BTO options. Or they just add a pair of 24" options and keep the existing, but I really don't think we need 6 kinds of iMac base models.
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A 24" i7-2600K sandybridge with anti-glare/matte screen please please please
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