Apple Next-Gen Mac Pros and Mac Minis to Come this August

June 20, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Speculations on Apple getting ready to launch a new batch of iMacs in the US are filling the tech news space. If they are anything to go by, then the all new Next-Gen Mac Pros and Mac Minis will be launched either by late July or early August.

The updated iMacs are expected to feature dual and quad Sandy Bridge processors, as well as Thunderbolt technology. In case you are wondering what Thunderbolt is, it is the new tech developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple.

It features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 10Gbps each. Thunderbolt technology gives you great responsiveness with high-speed data and display transfers in each direction at the same time.

With a single cable, connecting a PC to multiple devices is simple, making it easy to get and see what you want, when you want it. Thunderbolt technology gives you incredible flexibility and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters.

Riding on the rumors triggered by CNET editor Brian Tong’s tweet about the new iMacs, MacNews founder Dennis Sellers has put forward his views on what could be the specifications for the new batch from Apple.

Sellers predict that the low end of the price spectrum would showcase 21-inch models, running dual-core Intel Core i5 CPUs at 2.3 and 2.7 GHz, while the high end would feature 27-inch iMacs with quad-core Intel Core i7 CPUs at 2.0 and 2.3 GHz.

If the forecast comes true, we could be looking at low-end models that sport integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with the main memory. The higher end models are likely to feature 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.

Apple’s configure-to-order (CTO) models pack 2TB capacities, with 256 GB SSD boot drives, so we can expect a makeover in the new batch. The new models could possibly start off with 1TB and might outrun these CTO models with 3 TB storage. Such spacious storage on a new iMac will give way for onboard data mirroring.

We can expect Apple to skip USB 3.0 in favor of the thunderbolt and also would allow Cupertino to leave out Blu-Ray and a built-in TV tuner. Since the iMac is not intended as a true entertainment centre, it’s plausible that the 21-inch and 27-inch models might win over the 30 inch display.

With all these speculations on board, it would be nice to wait and see what Apple has in store for the US.

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