Originally Posted by backtomac
I think a 28" iMac with a core i7 chip is very unlikely.
The core i7 is a 120 watt chip. That will take an unusual amount of engineering to get into an AOI machine. The low power, penryn based, desktop quad core cpus make much more sense in an AIO machine.
The rumor looks bogus to me but stranger things have happened.
It sounds like people are building rumors on top of rumors. The under-clocking Mini idea probably stems from the fake mockup shown in post #9.
The Core i7 + cooling device suggestions will be linked.
I think the Mini will be slightly smaller with a standard Nvidia board similar to the MB.
The iMac will have to get a quad but will likely be the Core 2 Quad as you say.
What is the TDP of the MIni? The Q9000 is a quad 2GHz and only has a TDP of 45W. Seems like that could possibly go into making a quad Mini on the higher end.
Imagine for a second the scenario that they get rid of the iMac and instead make a quad 2GHz Mini with a 9600M GT chip that can be powered from the 24" Cinema display and has an SSD option.
Why do you need the iMac any more? Besides the 3.5" drive and a possibility for faster GPU and CPU, it doesn't offer anything that people really need. A quad 2 GHz is fast enough for most people as well as a 9600M GT.
Once they introduce a machine like that which is enough for pretty much anyone, there doesn't need to be any more products therefore no need for MacWorld. It's like Gillette. They keep adding an extra blade and gimmicky features but there doesn't really need to be any more models.
I don't think any consumer will ever need more than a quad 2GHz with a 9600M GT. Beyond that, you buy a Mac Pro.
iMac fans won't lose out because it can be powered by the display so one power socket and the same screen can be switched to a laptop.