Ivy Bridge iMac Refresh Rumored for June/July

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iMac Ivy Bridge Upgrade

The long-awaited refresh to Apple’s iMac line may finally be coming this summer, with a rumored June or July launch date, according to “reliable sources” speaking with tech site How To Arena Wednesday.

The update, the first since May 2011, is expected to bring Intel’s Ivy Bridge chipset to Cupertino’s all-in-one desktop. The 22nm-based Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge platform should provide a 5 to 15 percent bump in processing power and significantly increased graphics performance via the integrated Intel HD GPU. As most iMacs include discrete GPUs, however, the latter improvement to the platform will be unnoticed by most users.

Where users will see a major benefit from integrated graphics performance is on Apple’s MacBook Pro line of portable computers, which are also scheduled to receive Ivy Bridge upgrades soon, with some rumors pointing to a release as early as the end of April. 

While there are hints that the next MacBook Pro will have a new form factor, one that perhaps merges it with the MacBook Air line, there are thus far no indications that the iMac will receive a redesign outside of the internal component upgrades. One possible minor change to the iMac may be the addition of an anti-glare screen option, although such a change would not necessitate a significant redesign of the system’s chassis.

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geoduck

s MacBook Pro line of portable computers, which are also scheduled to receive Ivy Bridge upgrades soon, with some rumors pointing to a release as early as the end of April.

Personally I think we’d have heard something about an April release by now.

KitsuneStudios

This is what I’m waiting on. I had to skip the 2011 iMac line due to work concerns, but I’ll finally have enough saved up by mid-May to replace my 1st gen 17” intel iMac.

My Hopes:
Antiglare screen
USB 3.0
1GB VRAM graphics (6970M or equivalent) on the 21” model.

A price drop/speed boost on the CTO SSD would be nice too; like $400 for a Samsung 830 or Intel 520 maybe… would mean I won’t have to find someone to hack in a third-party drive. Not holding my breath on that one though.

Curt

Add to the wish….standard SSD

KitsuneStudios

Add to the wish?.standard SSD

I kind of hope they don’t; not unless they use a much better drive than the SATA II Toshibas used the 2011 model. It’s a much better value to keep the HDD and it’s custom fan sensor, and find a service center to install an Intel, Crucial or OWC SSD (all of which are faster, cheaper, and have native Mac firmware support)

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