updated 02:25 pm EDT, Fri August 7, 2009
iMac 2009 Feature Teaser
The next revision of Apple's iMac should bring at least a pair of much sought-after features, a teaser rumor puts forward. A veteran source for AppleInsider claims that at least two often-requested features should make it into the next revision. One vague claim says the all-in-one will address a 'wish-list' feature, but another is purported to address the semi-pro audio and visual editing segment.
The tip is described as having such relatively little detail due to a lack of permission to elaborate on the features. However, a rumor in the same report also says that an enclosure redesign is in the works and could arrive this year, though it may not necessarily be connected with the other features.
Speculation exists that the AV feature may involve a Blu-ray reader. Apple chief Steve Jobs famously referred to the licensing and implementation troubles behind Blu-ray as a "bag of hurt," but the company just lately added Blu-ray burning to Final Cut Studio. A Sony executive has also claimed his company was developing Blu-ray for Apple, but these claims have been publicly downplayed.
Apple's next chance for a processor upgrade to the iMac would be in late September, when Intel is expected to unveil its Clarksfield mobile processors, though whether these will be used is unknown. They bring the more powerful Nehalem architecture to mobile-sized chips but are clocked as low as 1.6GHz in normal form, potentially running more slowly in the iMac. It's considered more probable that Arrandale, the lower-power dual-core version of Clarksfield, will be the first non-Core 2 processor for iMacs.