Speculation: Apple iMacs Expected to Launch in April or May

Recent social media updates from CNET’s Brian Tong suggest that a fresh lineup of iMacs might soon be arriving in the United States, potentially launching towards the end of April or the beginning of May. In a tweet a little over a week ago, Tong hinted, “New iMacs en route by ocean to U.S. available end of April or 1st week of May. No major cosmetic changes.” This was soon followed by another tweet confirming the timeline for the anticipated iMac models.

Over at MacNews, commentator Dennis Sellers has shared his expectations, which seem quite plausible.

He predicts the upcoming iMacs will incorporate either dual- or quad-core Sandy Bridge processors. The more affordable 21″ models might operate on dual-core Intel Core i5 CPUs at speeds of 2.3 and 2.7 GHz, whereas the premium 27″ versions could be powered by quad-core Intel Core i7 CPUs at 2.0 and 2.3 GHz. Sellers also anticipates that these new iMacs will include Thunderbolt I/O technology, a prediction that aligns with its recent introduction in the latest MacBook Pro models.

However, I find myself at odds with Sellers regarding his projections for hard drive sizes. He expects the new models to offer between 500 GB and 1 TB of storage.

Considering Apple’s current configure-to-order (CTO) options include 2 TB hard drives and 256 GB SSD boot drives, it’s more likely that the starting point will be 1 TB, with potential CTO models featuring up to 3 TB. Given that 3 TB SATA drives are becoming more affordable, it would be reasonable for Apple to offer such an option to their customers. Moreover, with such ample storage, it would be practical for Apple to incorporate dual drive setups in the new iMac for enhanced data redundancy.

It seems these new iMacs are almost certainly on their way if they are indeed aboard ships bound for the U.S. shores.


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