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Apple may release a new line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers by the end of April or the first week of May with Sandy Bridge processors and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port, but no major cosmetic changes, according to a new rumor.

Brian Tong of CNet reported the rumor Tuesday on his Twitter account (via MacNews.de). Citing anonymous sources, he said that the new iMacs will be "en route by ocean" to the U.S. around the start of May, and the machines will be upgraded with Intel's latest-generation Sandy Bridge processors.

"We'll see if this pans out, but I'm highly confident in my source," Tong wrote. Aside from the anticipated inclusion of a Thunderbolt port, no other specifics were given.

The inclusion of both Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports on the new iMac lineup are expected. But the alleged ship date, by the first week of May to the U.S., is new information.

The iMac lineup was last updated in July of 2010, when the all-in-one desktops were outfitted with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, along with ATI Radeon graphics. Those machines retained the same design first introduced when the iMac was given an edge-to-edge glass screen in October 2009.

Intel's Sandy Bridge processors debuted on Apple's new line of MacBook Pros in February with the high-end 15- and 17-inch systems sporting quad-core CPUs.

The new MacBook Pro models also marked the debut of Thunderbolt, a new input-output technology developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 10Gbps each, it delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters.
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Great, another hardware upgrade.. No one can keep up with the latest and newest gizmos available..
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This one is obvious. Whether it's end of April or early May or some other date, it's coming soon - and Thunderbolt will clearly be on every new system.

I was looking at a new iMac, but decided to wait for the next update. I actually expect it a bit earlier - around Mid-April, but any time between now and June 1 won't surprise me.
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Finally some iMac news! I won't be able to get these, probably.....but this is still the only Mac line I'm interested in right now. I can get just as psyched up for the 'Post-PC' line of stuff as anyone else, because what's $300-$500 every year or so? But when it comes to replacing my iMac, that's a once-per-3-to-5-year proposition....
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I would believe this one. I think Apple wants to move quickly on Thunderbolt to take advantage of its early mover advantage. The fact that the new processors seem to also be very major upgrades is also appealing. Thunderbolt, however, is arguably the most significant upgrade for some time. Anyone working on video or with large graphics files knows the need for faster hard drive access.

I got new MBP (15" matte screen i7) just last Sept. so I am out luck here for a while.
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I love the current iMacs but I'm beginning to long for a new design. This one has been around for years now, only changing from white plastic to the aluminum and black glass currently used.

My favourite iMac was the "lamp" but something like that might not happen again because there's no more computer to hide in the base like they did with the lamp iMac. It's ever more comfortably fitting right behind the screen, lending for a very clean all in one look.

What do y'all think the next iMac will look like? Less chin perhaps? More like the cinema displays? Maybe we'll see an articulating neck like the lamp iMac after all, once OSX Lion's full screen apps and more iOS like UI begin to open up OSX for touch leading to an iMac that can move horizontal for an ergonomic touch experience.
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Eager to see new displays with Thunderbolt support.
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My current iMac is about a year old.
The thing that would make me upgrade is a matte-screen.

The gloss is just unbearable..
I have to close all the blinds in my apartment when watching a movie..

It bugs the crap out of me.
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Apple may release a new line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers by the end of April or the first week of May with Sandy Bridge processors and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port, but no major cosmetic changes, according to a new rumor.


Sounds promising... Love the quad-cores, especially the Core i7 with 8 logical cores to chew up data. Great for medical research with the World Community Grid http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/.


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It might be time to replace my 17" G4 Imac lampstyle.....it's like 12 years old now, but still working great.
My wife mostly uses it...I took her to the Apple store last week to look at the new imacs....even the 21.5 inch one she thought was huge...
I knew the imacs were up for an upgrade soon...we'll see....

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It might be time to replace my 17" G4 Imac lampstyle

Ya think?
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This one is obvious. Whether it's end of April or early May or some other date, it's coming soon - and Thunderbolt will clearly be on every new system.

Definitely. They want to get it out there. They want to create the incentive for an ecosystem of devices to grow. The next step will be to start dropping other ports (USB, FireWire, etc.) in lieu of this one.

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I thought they were having issues with Sandy Bridge?
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My current iMac is about a year old.
The thing that would make me upgrade is a matte-screen.

The gloss is just unbearable..
I have to close all the blinds in my apartment when watching a movie..

It bugs the crap out of me.

I have 3 white iMacs (two 24" and one 20") in my house. If Apple starts making iMacs with anti-glare screens again, I will be happy to spend the money to replace my white ones.

Are you listening, Apple?

Love my 2 24" white ones. Wish they could access 8GB of RAM. All they need is an EFI firmware update.
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USB 2 has kept me from upgrading. Now with the Thunderbolt port I can upgrade my 2007 iMac, but I'm going to wait to see how Apple handles the iPhone and iPad. I am sick of waiting 15 minutes to sync with USB 2.
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sweet. just in time for my tax refund. as long as lion is pre-installed, i'm in.
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Yeah, I don't get the apple love fest with the glossy displays. Alienating a lot of users out there. My wife needs a new laptop and the 13" Macbook Pro or one of the Macbook Airs would be great, but you can't get it with a matte display. Pretty arbitrary on Apple's part.

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My current iMac is about a year old.
The thing that would make me upgrade is a matte-screen.

The gloss is just unbearable..
I have to close all the blinds in my apartment when watching a movie..

It bugs the crap out of me.
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Even by Apple standards, these upgrade cycles are starting to get crazy long. It's like all computers are now on a yearly update cycle. Dell gives you minor spec bumps on a monthly basis.

But, I guess it's good for Apple they can "afford" this approach and thus have nice profit margins towards the end of the cycle, and it's also nice for early purchasers that have "the latest and greatest" for a long time.
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I hope there is a design tweak to allow easy access to the hard drive, not just the ram, tough.


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My current iMac is about a year old.
The thing that would make me upgrade is a matte-screen.
The gloss is just unbearable..
I have to close all the blinds in my apartment when watching a movie..
It bugs the crap out of me.

I totally agree. It will take a non glossy screen for me to buy any PC. So for now it continues to be the Mac Mini with a separate non Apple matte display.
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Even by Apple standards, these upgrade cycles are starting to get crazy long. It's like all computers are now on a yearly update cycle. Dell gives you minor spec bumps on a monthly basis.

The amount of speed bump you get in a few months is useless. Heck, even the speed bumps you get in a year are irrelevant for 95% of users. The vast majority of computer users are fine with a year old computer - and would hardly even notice the speed gains on going with a newer computer.

Most Macs are upgraded on a roughly 9 month cycle:
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Pro

Doing so more frequently wouldn't really gain much. After all, the current top Mac (since last summer) is a 2.93 GHz i7 quad. How much faster could they release today? Maybe 3.2 GHz i7 quad? Just not a big deal for very many people.
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sweet. just in time for my tax refund. as long as lion is pre-installed, i'm in.

If they come out in May, you'll probably get a free upgrade to Lion when it's released or it will be a nominal fee.
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I also will not upgrade to a glossy screen. I don't get why Apple doesn't understand that there are many people that want matte screens!
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sweet. just in time for my tax refund. as long as lion is pre-installed, i'm in.

So you'll be waiting until the revision after this one or late, late summer, then?
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Still looking for Thunderbolt devices... otherwise it's just a miniDisplay port with a nifty logo.
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All well and good, but where is my Sandy Bridge MBA with the Thunderbolt port? (taps fingers impatiently...)

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Still looking for Thunderbolt devices... otherwise it's just a miniDisplay port with a nifty logo.

It's that kind of attitude that would have killed off USB.
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I have been waiting for the new iMac line-up FOREVER.

This will be my first Mac in my house since an Apple IIe. I used others in school till 1993 and 1996 in college.

Now, I just gotta wait for Lion to be pre-installed on them before I buy.

I'm not going to learn two separate OS in less than 3-4 months. I will be learning from scratch since I'm crossing over from PC thanks to my iPhone 3GS which i'm upgrading to an iPhone 5 as well.
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Still looking for Thunderbolt devices... otherwise it's just a miniDisplay port with a nifty logo.

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I'm not going to learn two separate OS in less than 3-4 months.



This isn't Windows. OS X stays the same between revisions. There's nothing to "learn". Lion removes document saving and adds full-screening/Mission Control. Other than that, it'll be usably identical to Snow Leopard, however different it looks.
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This isn't Windows. OS X stays the same between revisions. There's nothing to "learn". Lion removes document saving and adds full-screening/Mission Control. Other than that, it'll be usably identical to Snow Leopard, however different it looks.

I realize the basics are the same but like you said it will look different and growing accustomed to two different layouts in 3 months or so is why i was opting to wait. If i was already familiar with the OS then I wouldn't wait. but I'd be learning basics getting used to stuff then readjust to changes no matter how minor
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USB 2 has kept me from upgrading. Now with the Thunderbolt port I can upgrade my 2007 iMac, but I'm going to wait to see how Apple handles the iPhone and iPad. I am sick of waiting 15 minutes to sync with USB 2.

Sorry, off topic but related to your comment ... I'd like to see the option to sync my iPhones and iPads over wifi let alone via TB. I realize it would be slower but it would be nice to have the choice.
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I realize the basics are the same but like you said it will look different and growing accustomed to two different layouts in 3 months or so is why i was opting to wait. If i was already familiar with the OS then I wouldn't wait. but I'd be learning basics getting used to stuff then readjust to changes no matter how minor

Having a Lion beta on an alternative volume to play with I would tend to think you might have a good point. Those of us that have been with OS X forever enjoy learning new tricks and revel in every chance of an update. However, if coming new to OS X, for the sake of a few months, I think Lion is sufficiently different to justify a short wait. Just my 2 cents.
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I also will not upgrade to a glossy screen. I don't get why Apple doesn't understand that there are many people that want matte screens!

They do understand. That's why they make the Mini at one end and the Mac Pro at the other.
Knock yourself out with any matte screen you like.
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Great, another hardware upgrade.. No one can keep up with the latest and newest gizmos available..

It's the reality of modern world. You can't change that.
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I have been waiting for the new iMac line-up FOREVER.

This will be my first Mac in my house since an Apple IIe. I used others in school till 1993 and 1996 in college.

Now, I just gotta wait for Lion to be pre-installed on them before I buy.

I'm not going to learn two separate OS in less than 3-4 months. I will be learning from scratch since I'm crossing over from PC thanks to my iPhone 3GS which i'm upgrading to an iPhone 5 as well.

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Finally some iMac news! I won't be able to get these, probably.....but this is still the only Mac line I'm interested in right now. I can get just as psyched up for the 'Post-PC' line of stuff as anyone else, because what's $300-$500 every year or so? But when it comes to replacing my iMac, that's a once-per-3-to-5-year proposition....

I switched from PC to Mac about 2.5 years ago and I'm currently on my 4th Mac since then. One of the things I've always loved about the Mac is its ability to retain its value. If you can afford $300-$500 every year, then you can afford to upgrade your Mac as often as they upgrade. Every Mac I've owned, prior to my current one, I was able to sell for within $300-$500 of what I paid for a new one.
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It might be time to replace my 17" G4 Imac lampstyle.....it's like 12 years old now, but still working great. ...

The oldest 17" flat panel was introduced July, 2002. Not even nine years old. The youngest version will be seven this summer.

My iMac will be eleven this summer I use it every day.

Over time, Macs are by far the most cost-effective computers you can buy.
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Now if we hear of a Mac mini with SB & thunderbolt I'll really be excited! We'll basically have the headless Mac that many of us have been waiting for... After all, TB is pretty much a PCIe bus in the form of an external port. In fact, if a device doesn't have a PCIe bus it can't have TB... So no TB for AppleTV or any other iPhone based hardware but iMac and mini both have a PCI bus MacBook & MacBook pro too even tho they don't have any slots bolted to it...

So all we need now is an external box with some PCI slots on it and a TB ports in the back and suddenly lots of options open up that were previously unavailable.
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We should probably refer to it as "mini-Thunderbolt".

Another forked standard requiring an adapter workaround.

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