What to Look for in the Next Line of iMacs

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We already know that Apple, Inc. is scheduled to release Mac OS X Lion (OS X 10.7) this summer. The official announcement of Lion was made on the day when the company had its “Back to the Mac” event on October 20, 2010. So we are just 2 or 3 months away from seeing Max OS X Lion.

In the meantime, it has been more than nine months since Apple introduced the last line of iMac models. According to the company, the last line was introduced in July 27. It’s referred to as iMac Mid-2010. In fact, we have one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core 27″ model. Anyway, chances are that Apple will introduce a new line of iMac models soon after they release Mac OS X Lion.

By the way, aside from a new line of iMac models, now that Apple runs Mac App Store successfully, some Mac users may wonder if Apple will sell Mac OS X Lion at Mac App Store? Or will they even sell OS X install discs in the form of DVD?

So what should we expect on new iMac models? Maybe a bigger display than 27″? Maybe faster Core i5 microprocessors than 2.8 GHz (4-Core)? Well, human wants are limitless. Nonetheless, there are a couple of features that we would really like to see with an introduction of new iMac models.  


It has been more than two years since Toshiba, the main company supporting HD DVD, conceded, ending the next disc storage war. Blu-ray discs can contain 25 GB of data per layer, more than 5 times the capacity of the DVD format. There are a lot of movies that are available in BlueRay. Many PC makers (ASUS, FUJITSU, HP, NEC, SONY, Toshiba) ship their computers around the price of $1,500 with a BlueRay drive. How about Apple? So far, Apple’s SuperDrive hasn’t supported Blue-ray discs.

USB 3.0

It has been more than two years since the USB 3.0 specification has been made public. Theoretically, connection speeds are maximized at 4.8 Gbps or 10 times faster than what USB 2.0 offers (480 Mbps). USB 3.0 also promises 50% more power (150 mA). USB 2.0 provides 100 mA. Currently, it is possible that you will get a low power warning when you plug a second USB device into one of the USB connectors on the keyboard. Imagine that you can write data into a USB stick several times faster. Well, for now, no Mac computer supports USB 3.0.

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