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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 12/16/2010

New iMac and Macbook Pro: Details surface

By Hayley Tsukayama

Is Apple bringing the desktop back? That's what the latest rumors out of Asia could indicate, with plans for an upgraded iMac.

Component suppliers for the iMac and Macbook Pro told DigiTimes that "Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros as well as an iMac that features a new panel size and a price point for the mainstream market." DigiTimes sources say the new machines should ship in the first half of 2011.

Not much info, but that hasn't stopped people from speculating. Over at 9-to-5 Mac, the writeup mentions a few possible screen sizes and hope that rumors of a 22-inch multitouch desktop are true. 9-to-5 also thinks that the MacBook Pro will probably get a lighter, slimmer chassis similar to a MacBook Air.

Fortune speculates the new Macs will probably carry the "Sandy Bridge" Intel chips that have the graphics and the main processor together. (See AnandTech for a good introduction to the chipset.)

As Fortune points out, these updates are fairly in line with Apple's normal yearly update schedule. The MacBook Pro last saw an upgrade on April 13, and the 27-inch iMac launched on July 27.

Apple's Q4 2010 earnings show that the company sold 1.242 million desktops and 2.643 million laptops, and nearly doubled its desktop sales over Q4 sales in 2009.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 16, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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Comments

The 24" iMac was the sweet spot for me, pity they killed it.

Apple isn't going to do a touch screen iMac. A larger touchpad, perhaps. But they know about the gorilla arm problem.

Posted by: wiredog | December 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"...the 27-inch iMac launched on July 27."

"...the company sold 1.242 million desktops...and nearly doubled its desktop sales over Q4 sales in 2009."

So Apple is "bringing the desktop back?" It doesn't sound like it went away.

Posted by: rashomon | December 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"the 27 inch iMac launched on July 27"

Funny, I got one in February. Must be some sort of magic.

Posted by: lowercaselarry | December 16, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The 27" iMac was updated on July 27, but originally released Oct. 2009.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 16, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

As an "average" Mac user, I hope they do not get rid of the CD/DVD drive, as they did with the Air. It's nice to be able to take my laptop on an airplane and watch a DVD movie. I still like having the option to burn a CD/DVD, also.

Posted by: dcbuck | December 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

everything will switch to streaming content. cd/dvd drives are fast becoming obsolete.

Posted by: matthewimartinez | December 16, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding replacement of CD/DVD reader/writers by streaming content. We are so far from that happening it isn't funny. You can't have cloud computing and streaming content until you have a nation wide internet capability of handling it effectively. Right now with the US's sadly outdated and half-assed IT infrastructure - it just can't happen. The only places where streaming content is working well, are a few large cities. Out here in the FL burbs - we can't even get Uverse, or even consistently as advertised 3 gig DSL. Of course locally this all ATT's ineptitude problems, but it seems to be indicative of the US's IT backwardness.


PS: WP - it's are real nuisance for you to email me an article alert and then have to sign in to get it.

Posted by: masonxhamilton | December 16, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I bought my 21.5-inch iMac less than a year ago, and the machine is already about to evolve into another edition? Wow. Apple moves fast.

I love my iMac. Best computer I have ever owned. No PC works this well. I'll be sticking with it for awhile longer. Maybe I'll upgrade when they go to a holograph display. :-)

Posted by: hkanders | December 16, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I prefer DVD to streaming. You can't burn streaming onto a disk that you can watch comfortably lying in bed. Sitting at my computer all day, I certainly don't enjoy additionally sitting upright to watch movies.

Posted by: knightoneday | December 16, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

dcbuck, MacBook Air can play/burn DVDs and CDs with the SuperDrive. It's less convenient because it is external, but it is possible. If you really need that capability built in, just get a MacBook/MacBook Pro. Pretty sure they will not remove that capability in the next iteration. The Air was specifically designed as an ultralight and many people don't use discs that often. 2) knightoneday: I guess you don't have WiFi reception in your bedroom?

Posted by: nonagon | December 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

It's dubious that streaming will ever totally replace the hard copy for a/v content delivery, in spite of all its advantages.

The bigger issue is storage and archiving. As long as a well-maintained optical disc has 5-10 times the service life of a SATA drive, it's downright foolish to dismiss optical disc formats as safe, secure, permanent storage media for any type of data content. The only better storage media right now are glass and tape. Optical discs are still by far the best option within reach of consumers, and are absolutely indispensable for professionals. They're not going anywhere.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 16, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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