Apple to release new iMacs with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt support this coming Tuesday - Rumor

A new rumor relays that Apple will release brand new iMac models starting on Tuesday, May 3. The new iMacs will reportedly make use of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and, as previously rumored, will also come equipped with support for Thunderbolt, Apple's new and blazingly fast transfer technology it developed jointly with Intel.

A new report from AppleInsider relays that Apple will release brand new iMac models starting on Tuesday, May 3. The new iMacs will reportedly make use of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and, as rumored, will also come equipped with support for Thunderbolt, Apple's new and blazingly fast transfer technology it developed jointly with Intel.

There have been previous rumors that Apple's next-gen iMacs would sport different screen sizes, but AI'ssources were unable to confirm this.

In the days leading up to major product launches, Apple routinely makes certain requests of its various operating segments to assure the rollout goes as smoothly as possible. This week saw several of those measures put into place, according to those same people, who've continually provided accurate information when it comes the Mac maker's future plans.In addition, people familiar with the Cupertino-based company's retail operations confirmed to AppleInsider that a "visual night" is similarly slated for the early morning hours of May 3rd. "So it is highly likely that whatever new product that is going to be refreshed or introduced will be done on [that day]," one of those people said.

Apple last updated its iMac lineup back in July of 2010.

Notably, there have been some rumblings of an iMac refresh with a capacitive touchscreen, but those rumors have seemed to die down over the past few months. While Apple may be considering such an idea, and indeed, its patent filings indicate as such, don't expect a touch-based iMac anytime this year. Still, you might recall that in October, 2010, Apple reportedly ordered a number of capacitive touch screens that were rumored to be incorporated into a next-gen iMac.

Digitimes reported at the time:

Since current capacity for 20-inch and above projected capacitive touch panels is limited and the technology involved quite complex, Sintek, which is equipped with 5.3G generation production lines, has a good chance of becoming a supplier of the new models. Current iMacscome in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions.

The new iMac is rumored to have a good vertical and horizontal viewing angle, and its projected capacitive touch panel will adopt a one-glass solution, which integrates the touch sensor and cover glass, to reduce thickness and weight.

Undoubtedly intriguing, but an upgraded processor, all-around spec bumps, and the inclusion of Thunderbolt should be enough to satiate anyone considering an iMac upgrade.

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