Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore
Right. It's not so much they are wanting it to support 2 displays, they want it to be compatible with existing displays and Apple's new displays. So, it will have both.
We're due for a new 30" ACD LED BLU, a Mac Pro refresh, and a 17" MBP 4 core unibody. We're due, but that doesn't mean they'll all be at MacWorldExpo. I think the new iMacs will look like the MacBooks - glass all the way to the edge with a black bezel, but no aluminum there.
Again, the new iMacs aren't redesigns, they're refreshes: meaning they're keeping the external design while changing the internals. The biggest change will likely be the move to quad-core processors and possibly an update to LED backlighting. Speaking of that, by the way, we aren't gonna see a 30" display of that sort with LED backlighting for a while. Given the resolution of that monitor (2650 x 1600) and the internals required for that (as well as the video cards needed to run it), the price would almost double at least. We'll almost certainly see the 20" model move to the new design and feature set soon, but other than using a different manufacturer and matching the design, the 30" isn't changing backlighting anytime soon.
The only major changes I see happening with the Mac Pro are a move to Intel Core i7 processors (the soon to be released 8-core models) and an expansion of RAM to 64GB DDR3 SDRAM. Your prediction about the 17" MBP may actually be true. The stated reason for its later release was that the internals were still being worked out. I'm thereby assuming quad core was causing overheating and that they were trying to work out lightening the 17" model (I can't see the unibody and glass not making it heavier). The one thing I'm really interested in is which video cards Apple chooses for the Mac Pro and 17" MBP. If I could get a GTX 280 OR 4870 X2 as even an option on the Mac Pro, I would be eternally grateful.