I propose we whittle down a likely configuration and date for the next iMac in a constructive manner. I'm eyeing the base model, so my emphasis goes there. My cents: (speculation first, justification below) Basically same prices, and same everything except the following: Base processor: Core i3-550 3.2GHz Somewhat larger hard drives Bumped graphics, base model maybe a cheap discrete card, or Intel GMA HD Release: July Proc The Core i3-550 costs exactly the same as the Core 2 Duo it would replace: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors#.22Wolfdale-3M.22_.2845_nm.29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i3_microprocessors#.22Clarkdale.22_.2832_nm.29 As the many benchmarks in http://www.anandtech.com/show/2901/7 show, the i3-540, which is a lower-clock i3-550, handily beats the Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz which is now the $200+ BTO processor in pretty much every test. That's pretty nice in my book (to get the proc one higher than the model that beats the current BTO model, which is a pretty nice proc itself). Also, the October 2009 refresh didn't much increase speeds ( http://www.macworld.com/article/143636/2009/11/imacs_late2009_benchmarks.html ), (and the current base E7600 is pretty old) so a year later is about time. Also, the next i3 (-560) comes is scheduled for Aug 29, so ramping up production enough for the base iMacs would be way too late. HD I haven't really been looking, but I presume hard drives have come down in price since Oct 2009, so it's an easy way to spec up the machine to compete with PCs and older iMacs. Graphics I know nothing about graphics, but I think the NVIDIA GeForce 320M isn't allowed on the i3s, and I don't see a real need to preserve power or space that much, and a cheap discrete card wouldn't be much cost and would be (even if marginally) better than integrated. Let's say the rest of the components if the iMac (everything except the accounted-for proc and HD) have come down in price since Oct 2009 enough to leave room for going from integrated to a cheap-but-decent discrete one. Or maybe just Intel graphics on the basest model, compensated by something else (or not compensatedit already seems like a good deal compared to the others, and Apple likes to upsell). Release I think Apple would want to release these as soon as they can reasonably be ready to seize the back-to-school season and the iPad and iPhone buzz. And since I don't see anything else of much interest for the machine coming soon, it would make sense to release soonish. Unlike last year, there probably won't be a major redesign with new displays of which to ramp up production, etc. They're probably pretty busy with the iPhone and even still the iPad and whathaveyou, so July-early August seems reasonable. This timeframe would also coincide with the recent LOOPRumors rumor ( http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/22/apple-to-launch-ios-enabled-imac-with-touch-interface/ ). Not that one should give much credence to that site, but it's nice that it also fits. What do youse guyses think.