Apple drawing down iMac stocks ahead of refresh

July 23, 2010

Rumors of an imminent all-in-one desktop update have been circulating for some weeks already, though how it will be equipped remains a mystery. With back-to-school just around the corner and holiday shopping to follow short thereafter, we likely don’t have long to wait.

AppleInsider has been reading the tealeaves and determined that the iMac is due for a refresh. Thereupon, distributors are whispering they have been told not to expected additional stock of either 21.5-inch entry level all-in-one desktop.

Further, the channel has been told to keep their inventories lean for the next few weeks and this is the same advice Apple gave just ahead of the recent Mid-2010 Mac mini (HDMI) refresh.

See also: Mac Pro stocks getting low

What’s in the guts…

It is believed that the surging Mac, iPad and iPhone maker has readied a dual-core Core i5, quad-core Core i5 and perhaps Core i7 configuration. The possibility of entry-level iMacs equipped Core i3 chips, a family of low-power mobile processors, is also perhaps in the cards.

Additionally, it’s likely that the refreshed iMacs will be the first Apple computers to ship with USB 3.0, which draws less power and is up to 10 times faster than v2.0 while maintaining backward compatibility.

Lastly, whispered murmurs of a touch-enhanced iMac have also been overheard, though it’s been some weeks since anything new on this front has been published.

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