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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. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Hmm, good point.

      Also off topic buy why is MMi super slow at reporting news? No article on Apple suing Amazon?? -_-
      Yeah I read that awhile ago, crazy!

      Doesn't sound like a huge refresh, just kind of catching up to the new MBP.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      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.
      Apple has been pretty constant at introducing new tech to their products but keeping the price the same. Apples prices either stay the same as the last model or they come down
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Ok. I thought they would go up, because of the new pieces
      of tech, but just looked at the iPhones and your right.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Does anything use thunder bolt yet?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Does anything use thunder bolt yet?
      LaCie have announced an external SSD drive that uses it. It's got 2x 250 SSD's
      LaCie Intros External Drive with Thunderbolt Connection | StorageReview.com
      The speed will still be limited by the speed of the SSD, but it will be hell of lot faster than a HDD and USB
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Thunderbolt has 10 Gbps in High Speed I/O. That is 2x faster than USB 3.0, former fastest
      data transfer between ports and outlet which was 5 Gbps. The thunderbolt is also faster than FireWire
      which is 2.5 Gbps. USB 2.0 and Express Card aren't 1 GBps in speed they're 800 Mbps.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      Thunderbolt has 10 Gbps in High Speed I/O. That is 2x faster than USB 3.0, former fastest
      data transfer between ports and outlet which was 5 Gbps. The thunderbolt is also faster than FireWire
      which is 2.5 Gbps. USB 2.0 and Express Card aren't 1 GBps in speed they're 800 Mbps.
      Yeah we all know this
      Well USB 2.0 is 480Mbps and FireWire is 800Mbps
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Yes. That means if USB 3.0 will be next fastest, not USB2.0
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      Yes. That means if USB 3.0 will be next fastest, not USB2.0
      I still don't understand your point
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Someone earlier in the forum stated "Thunderbolt would be the slowest, USB 2.0 would be the fastest."