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  • iMac Refresh In the Next 4-6 Weeks with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt


    The rumor mill is once again abuzz with rumors of a new Mac, it appears the next line of Mac products to be refreshed is the iMac. This all spawns from a series of tweets from CNET's Brian Tong, who claims he has insider information regarding an update to the popular desktop machines.

    The tweets also add that the refresh will not see any significant design or cosmetic changes, but will include two very likely additions, Sandy Bridge processors, and the addition of a Thunderbolt port, as expected. We can also assume that the iMac will most likely see storage increases throughout, as this happens in almost all Mac refreshes.

    According to the ever-popular MacRumors Buyer's Guide, the iMac has reached the average amount of days since its last update (it was last updated in late July), making an update to the line not very surprising. If you're looking to buy an iMac, it looks like you should seriously considering waiting, if it all possible.

    Source:
    Twitter: @brian_tong
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMac Refresh In the Next 4-6 Weeks with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Sweet I was just about to give my mom my old iMac. So it looks like I'll upgrade after 
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Sony Vaio's are coming soon too with ThunderBolt
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      They need to make iPod cables that support Thunderbolt!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      They need to make iPod cables that support Thunderbolt!
      It wouldn't make any difference whatsoever.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      It wouldn't make any difference whatsoever.
      Yes it would, Thunderbolt offers lighting fast data transfer. Currently, it takes a long time to sync an iPod, but with Thunderbolt, syncing would be much faster
    1. goonerm3's Avatar
      goonerm3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Yes it would, Thunderbolt offers lighting fast data transfer. Currently, it takes a long time to sync an iPod, but with Thunderbolt, syncing would be much faster
      It can only go as fast as the slowest connection so for now it's USB 2.0 speeds for most...
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      iMacs could use the sandy bridge for sure. And the more products with thunderbolt the better
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Yes it would, Thunderbolt offers lighting fast data transfer. Currently, it takes a long time to sync an iPod, but with Thunderbolt, syncing would be much faster
      And how would a cable make your iPod's storage read/write speeds magically increase?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      And how would a cable make your iPod's storage read/write speeds magically increase?
      Hmm, good point.

      Also off topic buy why is MMi super slow at reporting news? No article on Apple suing Amazon?? -_-
    1. jsweeney800's Avatar
      jsweeney800 -
      I would rather just have the old model for $100 off.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      And how would a cable make your iPod's storage read/write speeds magically increase?
      ...umm because...I don't know..
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Can't wait X)
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by goonerm3 View Post
      It can only go as fast as the slowest connection so for now it's USB 2.0 speeds for most...
      Unless Thunderbolt replaces USB 2.0 then Thunderbolt will be the slowest
    1. L00i3's Avatar
      L00i3 -
      Judging from the MacBook Pro refresh, prices will also go up some. So maybe they'll do something smart, and revamp the wireless keyboard to include a number pad. There is no reason you should pay the prices they ask for these things, and have a choice between a functional keyboared (wired only) or a halfway useful keyboard that's not constrained by wires. At least then it would feel like you're actually getting something for the price increase. Either way, I'm thinking I'm most likely gonna drink the 27" kool-aid once the new models are released.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      ...umm because...I don't know..
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Unless Thunderbolt replaces USB 2.0 then Thunderbolt will be the slowest
      Your average flash memory like you find in iPods, iPhones, iPads can read/write at around 18MBps/12MBps (thats megabytes now ok) (HDD are slower)

      USB 2.0 can do speeds of 480mbps (megabits per second), which converts to 60MBps.
      So USB 2.0 is more than fast enough to sync your iPod, almost 4 times fast enough.

      So until flash memory in iPods can read or write at greater than 480mbps (60MBps) Using a Thunderbolt cable won't make the flash memory or the sync go any faster.

      Only high-end SSD external drives currently would benefit from Thunderbolt.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Your average flash memory like you find in iPods, iPhones, iPads can read/write at around 18MBps/12MBps (thats megabytes now ok) (HDD are slower)

      USB 2.0 can do speeds of 480mbps (megabits per second), which converts to 60MBps.
      So USB 2.0 is more than fast enough to sync your iPod, almost 4 times fast enough.

      So until flash memory in iPods can read or write at greater than 480mbps (60MBps) Using a Thunderbolt cable won't make the flash memory or the sync go any faster.

      Only high-end SSD external drives currently would benefit from Thunderbolt.
      Ohhh.. ok wow thanks
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Thunderbolt, hence the name implies a faster data transfer between
      I/O outlet faster than USB 3.0 and older iterations of I/O buses. I would
      assume they would one day implement on iDevices, why not syncing would be faster
      because it goes into the category of data transfer via I/O ports to sync so that would mean
      it would apply to iDevices.
    1. chberain's Avatar
      chberain -
      would they release a new model of the MacBook?, It's about time I think
    1. dlsife's Avatar
      dlsife -
      I'd like to see a new Mac Mini at the same time.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      No confirmation of a new Mac Mini, or MacBook.

      Of course prices will go up, because of the new improvements in the
      technology. The improvement for better data transfer, and faster I/O process.