RUMOR: Apple iMacs with Thunderbolt to debut in late April/early May

“In a series of Tweets (via, CNET’s Brian Tong says he’s received word from a ‘reliable source’ that new iMacs will arrive in late April or early May,” Dennis Sellers reports for MacNews.

“The updated iMacs will doubtless feature dual and quad Sandy Bridge processors, as well as Thunderbolt technology. The lower end iMacs will probably sport 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5s, while the high-end iMacs will tout 2.0GHz and 2.3 quad-core Intel Core i7s,” Sellers predicts. “The low end models will most likely sport integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with the main memory. The higher end models will likely come with an AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory or an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory.”

Sellers writes, “The revved iMacs will certainly sport Thunderbolt I/O technology… Hard drive capacities will, I predict, range from 500GB up to 1TB, with options to up that to 2TB. And, of course, there will be pricey SSD upgrade options… The iMac was given an edge-to-edge glass screen in October 2009 and that’s not expected to change.”

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  1. I don’t own a Mac, but I’m considering it. Can someone tell me what devices connect to the Thunderbolt interface? Is any manufacturer making any products that utilize the interface and speed it offers?

    1. LaCie is saying they will have ThunderBolt 250Gb SSD, 500 Gb SSD and 1Tb 7200 RPM disk external drives available in Summer 2011

      Seagate & Western Digital say they will be supporting ThunderBolt sometime in 2011.

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