MacBook, iMac updates coming soon, says research firm

The new iPods are primed for the holiday season, as are new, cheaper MacBook Pros. However, the meat and potatoes of Apple's computer lineup, the MacBook and iMac, haven't seen hardware updates in a good few months.

Today, quotes a note by research firm Wedge Partners that says revamped iMacs and MacBooks should show up "in the next several weeks." The note predicts the updated iMacs will tout a "thinner, organic design, likely with smoothed or rounded edges," while Apple supposedly won't tinker with the MacBook formula too much. The folks at AppleInsider have gotten word of a slimmer and lighter MacBook design with a "restructured internal architecture," however.

What about pricing? Barrons says Wedge Partners is expecting "new, lower price points" to boost demand and draw sales away from Windows 7 PCs and netbooks. That makes sense; the $999 MacBook might be a tough sell next to upcoming Windows 7 systems like HP's upcoming 13.3" dm3, which will start at $549 with a dual-core processor and an aluminum finish.

Incidentally, we wouldn't be surprised to see at least high-end versions of future iMacs packing Intel's Clarksfield processors—Lynnfield's mobile counterparts. Right now, even the most expensive iMac only comes with a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo.

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