Thursday, April 24, 2008
New Faster, More Capable iMacs Tuesday?
Geeksugar yesterday reported that they had an inside scoop from a source that has proven itself very accurate in the past, and that same source revealed that Apple will soon be unveiling newer, faster iMacs with bigger hard drives and faster graphic cards, and all without a bigger price!
Nice, very nice, if it all turns out to be true, but true, or false, we won't have much longer to wait since it could be as early as this Tuesday. Apple normally introduces new models on Tuesdays, and, hopefully, that will be the case here too?
It's a given that any new iMac will feature Intel's new 45 nanometer Penryn chip, which not only would give the iMac an increase in speed, but also a reduction in power consumption that would allow Apple to give the already slim iMac an even slimmer enclosure!
Geeksugar was silent, however, on any news concerning the iMac's little brother, the Mini. However, others have suggested that it too would, mostly likely, be updated along with the iMac. There have been conflicting reports that the Mini was near it's end, but others have reported that this is not the case at all, and that it too may be given an extension. I guess that we will just have to wait and see on that one a wee bit longer too. Hopefully, the Mac Mini will be upgraded as it, being the least expensive Mac that you can buy, is really great for people who are curious about the world of Mac, but can't quite justify the expense of an iMac.
As I said, we just have to wait and see what Apple delivers, if it delivers anything? That said, I do hope it is true, and I also hope its more than just what Geeksugar is reporting. I'm just dreaming here, but it would be nice if Apple were to also introduce an iMac that was similar in ways to the Gateway One.
The Gateway One, for those who may not know, is an all-in-one computer system that was, for the most part, inspired by the iMac itself. It's a sleek black version of the iMac, but one thing that it does have, and one thing that in my opinion is better than the iMac, is that the Gateway has a much more easily expandable case. With the Gateway you can simply open the back and pop in a better and faster graphic card, or memory, for instance. A very nice touch indeed. Of course, it's not as expandable as a regular tower, but still it's a nice touch, and trumps the iMac in that respect. The Gateway One also has a built in TV tuner that I would also love to see added to the iMac, especially since they add a lot of extra functionality at very little cost.
SwitchtoMac has pointed out some interesting reasons on why Geeksugar's sources may, in fact, be correct concerning any upcoming iMacs. One of the more interesting ones is when they say:
"There is a possibility that Apple will release the new iMac models on May 6, the 10th anniversary of the original iMac release. If so, that's less than two weeks from now."
Hmmm, seems logical to me. It's always nice to have something a little special for such occasions, and even though Apple doesn't always celebrate these anniversary's with a new product, they have done so in the past.
What I do find incredible to believe is that it's been ten-long years since Apple first introduced the iMac! Wow, it seems just like yesterday. The introduction of the fruit flavored colored iMac is what saved Apple, no doubt, from the very real specter of extinction, as the iMac was the first in a long string of home run hits for Apple that paved the way for iPod's and the incredible iPhone.
So, in conclusion, let me say that if Geeksugar's sources are indeed correct and if you were already planning in buying yourself a new iMac this week, well, then hold on to your hat, you might just want to wait until at least next Tuesday.
I would, after all, hate to see you having to kick yourself, come Wednesday, now wouldn't I?
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, April the 25th, 2008.
Photo credit: Apple Inc.