updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu April 24, 2008
iMac Penryn Rumor
An upgrade to the iMac desktop line could be available as early as next week, according to an apparent tip sent to Geeksugar. The woman-oriented technology site claims the refresh will keep similar price points but upgrade the processors and potentially hard drive space as well. The change would be the first since the aluminum design was first introduced in August of last year.
While unverified, the rumor comes from a similar source that purportedly was accurate in predicting the recent MacBook refreshes and fits in line with the company's historical preference for updating the all-in-one computer in April.
Upgrades are likely to draw on newer Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors based on the chipmaker's 45 nanometer Penryn architecture, which allows for higher clock speeds without increasing heat and also adds both new media instructions and increased Level 2 cache for processor instructions. New video hardware is not mentioned in the claimed leak but may also take advantage of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series chipsets.