So, I'm going to try and not rehash a common thread - I've been a long term lurker, and although each new "When's a new imac coming?" topic brings a bit of hope that this time there will be some new sources with welcome info, it does get a bit frustrating for everyone I'm sure. I'm now, like many others, preparing for the possibility that there is no spec bump until September, October, hell, maybe later. Frustrating - I've played the game for a while, but it's now at the point that I'm putting off work (not paid, but I'm an enthusiast chomping at the bit to get started) because I haven't yet got my first imac to use (long term Windows, used imacs at college). I even bought a new desk ready - with nothing on it. I bought that before WWDC! My basic brain-pick is this. I'm setting up as a freelance producer, with views to later start a production company (I know I will need to upgrade big style for the latter ). I do across the board, my passions film and music, a creative writer in both field. Love it. Basically, I will be using the iMac to edit Canon 7D HD footage on final cut pro, using after effects too probably. I'll be using Logic to record guitar inputs through an interface and doing a large bulk of recording work (high quality, full album demos.) I want the machine to be able to handle these tasks quickly, and be able to cope if I do multiple work streams at once. It's got to the point now where money isn't even an object. I've had the money for the top spec you can choose 27" imac sat in a savings account since April. Each month, "but the new one will be here soon..." and unable to justify using the money when a higher spec machine is APPARENTLY on the way. The question to all the enlightened out there, is when this 2012 iMac drops, is the performance and benefits going to be so significant that it is a bad PERFORMANCE decision to buy to 2011 top spec. The best option in each category ticked (think it's £3300). If there's no very-early-august update, I'm considering just saying "******* this" and buying the 2011, but I don't want to make that investment if the performance of the speculated Ivy Bridge upgrade is a huge difference and hugely noticeable. That's pretty much all I care about now. The 'money for old tech' has long gone numb on me since I am looking at a desk with a cardboard box on it. I can't edit on a cardboard box , and waiting 2/3/4/5 months for a 2% performance increase is dumb. It's now very much, whether this presumed processor upgrade will be like buying a fiesta when I could've waited 2 months for a ferrari. Many thanks, apologies if this thread has been discussed or is in a incorrect section.