Update: Apple announced the new iMac release as official, highlighting the quad-core processors.
From their release: Apple® today updated its signature all-in-one iMac® with next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.*
The newest generation of the iconic iMacs are due this week, according to Apple Insider. This time, with a new, faster, graphics-sexy chip set.
Intel's Sandy Bridge chips and processors wil run this generation of desktops. The new set gets the high-speed thunderbolt port, as well.
The Sandy Bridge chips had a glitch right at their launch in January 2011, but that was quickly corrected. The new chip not only integrates silicon directly onto the processor, but it also has the company's 32-nanometer manufacturing process.
In a nut: multimedia and gaming just got faster and sexier. This is the first refresh of the iMac in more than nine months.
Thunderbolt is an intriguing, long-term play for Apple products, too. Maybe one-cable solutions for all peripherals, models and uses.
USB and Firewire are established, of course, but one expert sees Thunderbolt as a plan to streamline our products in just such a way -- with an eye on being completely wireless in the near(er) future.
Plus, Thunderbolt is reportedly TWELVE times faster than Firewire 800 and TWENTY times faster than USB 2.0 (Press:Here has not verified these results, however).