Apple Store is down, new iMacs coming?

This morning the Apple Store has been taken offline for an anticipated update to the iMac line, which will introduce Intel's Sandy Bridge Core CPU family to the iMac line after the update to the MacBook Pro line earlier this spring, and a move to Thunderbolt external data ports. Apple Insider also suggested iMacs were due for a new AMD Radeon 6000-series graphics chip.

9TO5Mac is reporting the new specs as followed:

So just one 21.5-inch iMac now, which starts with a Quad-Core Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive.

The 27-inch iMacs come in three varieties starting with a 2.7GHz Quad core and going up to a 3.4GHZ Quad-Core. All three have 4GB of RAM (starting at) and 1TB hard drives.

More to follow.

Thanks to Rich Brown over at CNet for the tip.

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chAos972 said,
Why do desktop machines have mobile graphics?

The iMac lines have always had more or less mobile motherboards to fit into it's form factor.

Well, I say mobile but they're custom. Still with many laptop parts though.

chAos972 said,
Why do desktop machines have mobile graphics?

Because they are as thin as a laptop. You can't really fit sufficient cooling for a fully fledged graphics card. The 6970M performs really well though....

bjlib70 said,
I'm glad Amazon doesn't have to go down to add a new product. I mean come on. Really?

I'm pretty sure they only do it to generate buzz, and make everyone aware that they are adding something new rather than a technical limitation on Apples end.

The App Store doesn't go down every time they add a new App for instance.

DomZ said,

I'm pretty sure they only do it to generate buzz, and make everyone aware that they are adding something new rather than a technical limitation on Apples end.

The App Store doesn't go down every time they add a new App for instance.

Quite possibly a mixture of buzz, as well as telling people to "stop - don't buy that one yet, we're just about to launch some new ones, you might want to spend a bit extra on these instead". As I'm sure some people would be a tad annoyed to buy something, and after going through the checkout, seeing there is an even higher spec machine available. Saying that, being displayed with a "We'll be back soon" message after checkout would be just as disheartening I suppose.

JustinN said,

Quite possibly a mixture of buzz, as well as telling people to "stop - don't buy that one yet, we're just about to launch some new ones, you might want to spend a bit extra on these instead". As I'm sure some people would be a tad annoyed to buy something, and after going through the checkout, seeing there is an even higher spec machine available. Saying that, being displayed with a "We'll be back soon" message after checkout would be just as disheartening I suppose.

You do know that 98% of the time the price for an updated Apple product stays the same or even lowers, right? Plus, there is that 14 day thing. If you bought an iMac last week, you would be entitled to a free exchange to the upgraded one.

instant.human said,
You do know that 98% of the time the price for an updated Apple product stays the same or even lowers, right? Plus, there is that 14 day thing. If you bought an iMac last week, you would be entitled to a free exchange to the upgraded one.

I am aware of the price staying the same, but obviously when newer models come out, their upgradable parts will change, so there's a chance you could get a higher value component you would prefer, that is what I was specifically aiming at. As for the 14 day thing, I wasn't actually aware of it, thanks for pointing it out (I don't purchase Apple all that often as you might tell).

i can just picture it now.... when it comes back up the apple fanboys are gonna be acting like Mavin R Johnson (The Jerk) jumpin up and down...actin like retards shouting "The New Macs are here, The New Macs are here.

CrossCheck said,
i can just picture it now.... when it comes back up the apple fanboys are gonna be acting like Mavin R Johnson (The Jerk) jumpin up and down...actin like retards shouting "The New Macs are here, The New Macs are here.

Sort of like how Windows fans will act with Windows 8. Get over it. Fans exist.

Northgrove said,

Sort of like how Windows fans will act with Windows 8. Get over it. Fans exist.

Well said. Though, I think Apple has more fanboy culture than Windows but it's fair to say both platforms have their "fanboys".

bastones said,

Well said. Though, I think Apple has more fanboy culture than Windows but it's fair to say both platforms have their "fanboys".

I would have agreed with that if I'd never read Neowin.. cause there are unashamedly enthusiastic Windows fanboys here too! I think fanboys of any platform are equally excitable and narrowminded unfortunately..

CrossCheck said,
i can just picture it now.... when it comes back up the apple fanboys are gonna be acting like Mavin R Johnson (The Jerk) jumpin up and down...actin like retards shouting "The New Macs are here, The New Macs are here.

so?

CrossCheck said,
i can just picture it now.... when it comes back up the apple fanboys are gonna be acting like Mavin R Johnson (The Jerk) jumpin up and down...actin like retards shouting "The New Macs are here, The New Macs are here.

At least they don't have to insult others in order to feel good about themselves, huh?

iMacs are plausible but I am not so sure there will be another refresh on the Macbook Pro line when it was only updated recently.

EDIT: I misread the article. duh! Coffee hasn't worked yet!