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iMac Sandy Bridge Processor Refresh Possibly Coming This Week

iMac - July 2010If you’ve been waiting for an update to Apple’s popular all-in-one iMac line so you could pick one up, it looks like your hopes will be answered come this Tuesday, May 3rd. We reported just under two weeks ago that Apple’s supply of the current iMacs, last updated in July 2010, appeared to be tightening up, a usual sign that Apple is preparing to refresh a product line.

According to AppleInsider, sources have confirmed that the new iMacs will be hitting Apple retail stores this Tuesday, and while the lineup will keep its current physical appearance, there will be a lot of new stuff going on under the hood.  The biggest change will be an update to the processors that will see Apple moving to the Sandy Bridge line, also known as the second generation of the “i” processors.  Currently the July 2010 iMac lineup is running on first generation “i” processors, so this will be a welcome upgrade to the systems.

Also making its desktop debut will be the Intel Light Peak connection which Apple renamed Thunderbolt.  (Not to be confused with the HTC ThunderBolt Android phone)  Apple introduced this new connection back in Feb. during its MacBook Pro refresh, and its expected to be included on all Apple computers as each of them goes through their next refresh cycles.

Currently there is no confirmation if we will see any changes to the current selection of 21.5 and 27-inch screen sizes, nor any word if there will be an update to the graphics systems. There had been some speculation that the 6000-series AMD Radeon HD chips would see their debut due to coding found in Mac OS X 10.6.7, but no one has been able to confirm it as of yet.

If you’ve been holding out for a new iMac, it looks like this will be your week to pick one up.

Will you be picking up one of the 2011 iMacs when they hit shelves?

[via AppleInsider]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...