Mobile i7 According to AppleInsider, Apple will update its iMac line of all-in-one computers soon. Because the iMac internals are mostly notebook-class (except for the 3.5-inch hard disk), it might be quite reasonable to assume that the new iMacs will sport Intel’s Mobile i7 CPUs. These Mobile i7 CPUs have been integrated into a number of notebook PCs recently including:
- Dell Studio 15, Studio 17, Studio XPS 16: Core i7 Powered
- Alienware M15x: 15.6-inch i7 1080p Gaming Laptop
- HP Envy 13, Envy 15: No VooDoo, Yes MacBook Pro
Just to be clear the Envy 13 does not have a Mobile i7 CPU, just the Envy 15. There is currently the 20-inch and 24-inch iMac sporting the Core 2 Duo CPU at three speeds: 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.06GHz. The cheapest iMac is the 20-inch running at 2.66GHz for US$1199.00. Continue reading for ideas regarding a 17-inch, i7 and no-gut versions.
17-inch iMac? I think there is room for a cheaper iMac. The cheapest notebook PC is the white MacBook at just $999. That price is considered a magic retail price point where sales increase much more than expected compared to a price a little above it such as $1099. With a $999 priced iMac, Apple can expect a substantial increase in sales for the iMac line. For Apple to get to a $999 price point on an iMac, I think it will need to get down to a 17-inch version with a decently-powered Core 2 Duo, instead of the Mobile i7.
Upgrades The 20-inch and 24-inch iMacs will most likely sport the new Mobile i7 CPUs. The 20-inch will probably feature the low-end (but still blazingly fast) 1.6GHz 720QM while the 24-inch version will get the faster 1.73GHz and 2.0GHz versions.
No Gut If you compare the 24-inch LED Cinema Display to the current iMacs there is one glaring difference: the gut underneath the iMacs. I think it is time to let it go. I have shared with you that I am not a real fan of tapered designs. If you look at the iMac from the side the back is tapered for no functional real reason since most of us don’t look from the side. Of course the design does give you the illusion that it is thinner. But the tapered design takes away a lot of internal space. I bet Apple could use a non-tapered design and actually reduce the overall thickness of the iMac. I can also imagine Apple pushing the internals up so that all you see is the display from the front, just like the LED Cinema Display.