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New iMacs Coming Soon
September 8, 2009 - Dave Hecei
The Macintosh computer lineup is fairly simplistic. In the desktop arena there is the Mac mini, the iMac, and the Mac Pro. In the laptop arena there is the MacBook and the MacBook Pro. New processors from Intel have just been released which could bring some major changes to the entire Mac lineup.
All new Macs have multiple core processors. All but the Mac Pro have Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The Mac Pro has the Intel Xeon processor with either four or eight cores making it the fastest Mac ever. Now that Intel has finally introduced the Core i5 chip it will be interesting to see just which Mac will get it first.
The mini is the smallest and cheapest Mac available. It might be small in size, but it is still quite big in performance. However, the mini is based on laptop parts not desktop. It has laptop memory and a laptop sized hard drive. It is unlikely that the mini would get the i5, at least not yet.
The Mac for most everyone is still the iMac. This all-in-one design, just like the very first Mac, still works and can hold up to most other desktops. Intel’s new Core i5 quad core processor is perfect for the iMac. It has an impressive increase of speed over the Core 2 Duo, plus it's still low in power consumption and heat production.
The iMac is ideal for the new i5 chip. There have been recent rumors that an update to the iMac was coming soon. If the Core i5 chip made it into a new iMac it would make it the first ever quad-core iMac. It would also go well with Apple’s new OS, Snow Leopard, which is stated to have much better multi-core processor support.
While this is all rumor and speculation, and hopefully maybe an educated guess on my part, but I think that there will be a new iMac in the next 60 days with a slightly redesigned case – looking more like the 24-inch LED cinema display – with the new Core i5 quad-core processor, and Blu-Ray optical drive.
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