updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009
New iMacs said imminent
Apple could be on the verge of launching its increasingly rumored redesigned iMacs as early as next week, a new rumor suggests today. A pair of sources for AppleInsider say the company has already been assembling the new all-in-ones for the past two weeks and that large-scale buyers have been given discounts in an effort to clear excess stock. These would only last one week.
Updates wouldn't come later than mid-October in this view and would be less expensive than existing models. In recent years, Apple has tended to reserve any fall Mac updates for the same month.
It's assumed the new design would still share design cues from the LED Cinema Display and should be thinner; the 24-inch panel currently uses a unibody or unibody-like design that renders it slimmer than the iMac in most respects, although some of this stems from the absence of computing parts inside.
Multiple internal upgrades have previously been floated as possibilities and could include a Blu-ray option, AV features better suited to pros or enthusiasts, and upgraded graphics. In the time since the iMacs adopted NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M chipset, rumors have circulated that Apple will use two sequel chipsets, though both of these weren't expected to show until early next year.
Intel's new Core i7 mobile processors are purportedly ruled out, however, as the claimed leak only points to dual-core chips. So far, these chips are only available in quad-core form and aren't necessarily faster depending on the task. They're also known to be relatively expensive. More viable dual-core i7 and i5 chips aren't anticipated until early 2010 and might leave Apple using upgraded Core 2 processors instead.