Originally Posted by 460FILMS
Does anyone else think a quad-core iMac is in the pipeline? I would've guessed that iMacs would stay dual-core for some time, as Apple continues to segregate their line-up (as they tend to do by delineating iMacs as "consumer-targeted" products, and MacPros as more "professionally targeted" machines), relegating quad-core processors solely to MacPro towers. Also, they would need to wait for a quad-core mobile processor for an iMac form factor build, right? Anyone else agree?
Mobile quad-core cpus are already available:
QX9300 quad 2.53GHz 45W $1,038
Q9100 quad 2.26GHz 45W $851 (same price as the dual-core 3.06GHz)
and a new one should be available late 2008/early 2009:
Q9000 quad 2.00GHz possibly at 35W and $348 (that's an interesting one).
Intel has some benchmarks QX9300 vs X9100
(dual-core 3.06GHz), if you are interested in. It would be better to have real world ones, but it gives an idea...
I think the that iMac is the perfect candidate for Intel's mobile quad-cores. It doesn't have the cooling/space restrictions of the MBP. And offering quad iMacs could be a way to prepare for Snow Leopard. Apple may not use quads on all models, but I think that the following models would make sense:
$1299 20" iMac DC 2.40GHz
$1599 20" iMac QC 2.00GHz
$1899 24" iMac DC 2.80GHz
$2299 24" iMac DC 3.06GHz or QC 2.26GHz
$2499 24" iMac QC 2.53GHz
Pricing could be a little off, since it is also probable that the iMacs will have LED-BL displays, making them slighlty more expensive than current ones (I would expect and increase of $100-200) and/or a slight decrease in processor speed (just like the new MacBook had).
Unless Apple has other ideas for the mobile quad-core cpus...