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AppleInsider claims that Apple has begun production of the next-generation iMac and may be set to introduce the revamped product line sometime between now and mid-October.
The new all-in-one, dual-core desktops were finalized earlier in September and have been rolling off the Mac maker's Taiwanese product lines for roughly two weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In addition to more affordable pricing, the systems are expected to come clad in a thinner industrial design, one of those people added. Though details are admittedly limited, it's likely these new enclosures will also take design cues from the Cupertino-based company's relatively new LED-lit Cinema Display offerings.
The report echoes a report issued last week by research firm Wedge Partners that new iMacs could make an appearance within the next several weeks. Today's report also reiterates claims that the new iMac will sport a redesigned enclosure and several new features, possibly to include a Blu-ray drive option.

Article Link: Next-Generation iMacs Already in Production?
 

clayj

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If they include a Blu-ray option on the new iMacs, I would like to have a Blu-ray option with burning for Mac Pros, as well, so that I can start backing up 50 GB of data to a single disc. It's sort of lame that this option is available on PCs but not on the Mac.
 

joemama

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Apr 21, 2003
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Great news! Lower prices and faster machines means Santa-wifey might drop one under tree this year....

...That is, if a firewire port is included! :)
 

flottenheimer

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Yes! I'm really hungry for some new Mac hardware releases/progress.

Wonder if there's going to be a special keynote for this... (a la when the unibodys were introduced).
 

mrklaw

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thinner means no quad core then? disappointed if true, as even Dell studio laptops have options for quad core processors
 

the-oz-man

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The Blu-ray option would sell me too, especially if there are some noticeable under the hood upgrades beyond a mobile cpu platform.
 

MattyP30

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hmmmm i will be moving countries in jan and was gonna sell my imac at the end of the year as I can't really take it with me

should i sell now hmmm
 

gmeddles

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I love my iMac, but the old mouse needs to be replaced with a multitouch interface. I'd rather have the small footprint and large screen real estate of the iMac with a multitouch capable trackpad somehow.
 

Cougarcat

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It is already thin enough, Apple. Nobody cares if it's any thinner. Nobody would care if it was a bit fatter. We do care about quad-core, blu-ray, and non-pathetic graphics.
 

bagelche

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I like the idea of minimizing the face-view, making it a more sleek, professional looking monitor--or, dare I say, more TV-like (like that analysts conjecture that apple was going to make actual TV :apple:TVs).

I'm curious about that "audio related" feature (which a previous report stated was "expected to cater to the semi-professional audio/video crowd"). eSATA was my original guess, but that's not directly audio-related. HDMI port? 5.1 output? something completely different?

What "features previously unavailable to Mac buyers" might there be? BR is an obvious choice, but what else? specifying mac buyers suggests it's already available over on the other side of the PC aisle.

Also, what does "extend the capabilities of at least one technology introduced on the Mac platform as recently as last fall" refer to? It's not iMac specific, but I'm not breaking out my newly-introduced feature timeline well enough.
 

Gregintosh

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I hope this means that the regular macbooks get an update too, since I remember those rumors stating that both would be released in the same timeframe!

Perhaps if these are good enough, my 2007 aluminum iMac will get an upgrade come the new year (right after they bump up the specs and fix any problems on these new gen iMacs).
 

old-wiz

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I love my iMac, but the old mouse needs to be replaced with a multitouch interface. I'd rather have the small footprint and large screen real estate of the iMac with a multitouch capable trackpad somehow.

I'd love to see a multitouch keyboard for the iMac. If they offer blu-ray, then there would have to be an OSx update to allow it to play blu-ray discs. If it would work with older iMacs like from an external blu-ray drive it would be nice.
 

RMo

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Every time they make it thinner, I wonder how--and I still wonder.

Pretty soon these are going to be a little sheet of paper hanging in the air... :D
 

amt2002

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Wow! I'm really surprised by this announcement as I didn't expect a design refresh for at least another 1-2 years!

Looking forward to seeing it! I don't think my 2009 model is quite past it yet though :)
 

Tyr.

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I just sold my 24" after yet another screen replacement and got a mini, maybe I should have held out a little longer. Then again after the last time I don't think I'm going to the first one rushing into the store but wait a bit this time to see if there are any issues.
 

tofagerl

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May 16, 2006
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Says dualcore right there in the first sentence of the quote. That's not Clarksfield, that's Core 2 Duo... We already have C2D, how about a freaking upgrade!?
 

sbgirling

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Oct 24, 2008
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Blue Ray

Blue ray sounds great! Except I don't have the $600 it will cost to upgrade the drive from Apple...
 

Barbie

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you saw it here first

^_^
 

bagelche

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I still think people are getting thrown off by thinner. I don't think that means the depth--front to back--of the casing, but more to do with the bezel and other area around the display itself (think chin).

or, at least, that what I hope it means. to obsess over making it thinner the other way is dumb. ;)
 

colormetal

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Mar 11, 2007
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end of chin, plz
i dont think they gonna include the blu-ray driver, if so, we need to buy the software to play or burn blu-ray disk for extra:confused:
 

viper002060

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I would like to see LED displays put in them. Blu-ray would be nice too but I think optical drives are on their way out.:apple:
 
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