Apple plans iMac desktop upgrade

Apple plans to upgrade its iMac desktop PC line on Tuesday with a flashier design and thinner keyboard, according to comments and photos on industry blogs. Apple did not return calls for comment, but has already announced that it will hold a news conference that day at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. The company is expected to announce a new generation of iMac desktops with a slimmer design than the current family, which now use Intel Corp.'s Core 2 Duo processors and a choice of monitors at 17 inches, 20 inches or 24 inches. The new desktop line will offer only the 20-inch and 24-inch monitors, putting a greater emphasis on the visual impact of applications like digital photos and movies, as well as the three-dimensional graphics used in the latest video games in Microsoft's Windows Vista OS, according to postings at a number of blogs that are focused on Apple products and at more general IT blogs.

In another change, the new family of PCs will come with a sleek keyboard, built to be much thinner than current models and use lower-profile keys, according to photos published on several blogs. Global desktop sales have been sinking in relation to notebook sales in recent years. In the second quarter, U.S. retail desktop sales were down 10 percent compared to the same period last year, while notebook sales rose 43 percent over the same period, according to figures published in July by Current Analysis West. The decline pushed the share of desktops for the total U.S. PC market down to an all-time low of 31 percent, with notebooks holding the remaining 69 percent.

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Can't wait to see them, but since my iMac is only 7 months old, can't really afford to get the new one. For all the mac haters out there, i was a PC only guy myself until i tried this out. Bootcamp works incredibly well if you need a full speed PC at your disposal for a windows application. :nuts:

I think this is likely to be true, Apple usually updates their product line quite often and the iMacs are overdue for an update. Would be nice if they made .mac more appealing and offered a new iLife suite too.

Who knows, I'm just waiting out for a full screen video iPod that seems to never want to ever come.

I'm hoping for new ADCs :)

If the rumors of an aluminum iMac are true, then the MacBook will be their only plastic computer. Weird... Wonder if it'll get changed over too eventually.

Totally unrelated, I think Macs using the black nano-style aluminum would be sweet.

just came to think about that...

if apple releases new imacs tomorrow (and if the speculations turn out true)... it somehow seems to me like charging double... i mean you could buy the new shiny imac tomorrow but it wont be with leopard preinstalled so you will have to spend an extra 125 on the new os...
pretty much sucks, they couldve just aswell released them a little later, i mean its supposed to be a whole new design and whatsoever..

anyways, no apple bashing here, i am a ****ing fanboy deluxe.

redmosquito said,
just came to think about that...

if apple releases new imacs tomorrow (and if the speculations turn out true)... it somehow seems to me like charging double... i mean you could buy the new shiny imac tomorrow but it wont be with leopard preinstalled so you will have to spend an extra 125 on the new os...
pretty much sucks, they couldve just aswell released them a little later, i mean its supposed to be a whole new design and whatsoever..

anyways, no apple bashing here, i am a ****ing fanboy deluxe.

Doesn't work exactly like that, if you buy a NEW apple product a few or so in advance of a the new OS being released then you get that OS at a great discount, I think for free minus P+P

I am just getting ready to upgrade from my old P4 to a new iMac, if this is to happen, I might convert myself to an iMac soon.

I realize that Neowin is unprofessional journalism but this is PATHETIC. The keyboard has been shown to be an evaluation model not a final product and may not (and most likely won't) be the design. And the iMac news is a total rumor.