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, Barrons.com 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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    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    I want a job at CAPTAIN OBVIOUS RESEARCH FIRM INC

      • YellaChicken
      • 10 years ago

      Lol! This nearly made me wet myself…oh wait.

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      They face stiff competition from the “Apple-will-announce-updates-of-products-and-new-products-in-September Research Firm”.

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      Seriously. If ja.zz could let me upvote, you’d get a million points.

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      I wonder if TR will follow up after you are employed, or rumors of your quick firingg{?}g

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        My first project was “TOMORROW THE SUN WILL RISE AND ALSO THERE WILL BE SOME WEATHER” and it was a smashing success. Mr. Obvious, the president, who prefers to be called ‘Captain’ hence the company name, was very pleased. My innovation was to put out all our findings in all caps for ‘impact’ and seeing as he’s half-deaf he felt that the ‘shouting’ made him take notice.

          • A_Pickle
          • 10 years ago

          Did you use Impact font?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Oh man thanks! That will be my second innovation come Monday’s team meeting. I will title the presentation DOUBLE IMPACT – FONT AND ALL CAPS

    • potatochobit
    • 10 years ago

    hardware updates in a good few months…

    you know when I bought a macbook pro for that ridiculous price the people who owned the prior model were upset at how quick their laptop became obsolete. and soon I should be tasting the same thing.

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      That never happens in the PC worldg{<.<}g

      • tay
      • 10 years ago

      Yeah dude my imac will stop working as soon as the new imacs come out.

        • bthylafh
        • 10 years ago

        It’ll shrink your p33nor, just wait!

        • jstern
        • 10 years ago

        I think that maybe he was being sarcastic, making fun of those people.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Don’t give Jobs any ideas!!

          • cygnus1
          • 10 years ago

          Nah, Jobs already thought about it. Every person I know with a mac has started having problems as soon as their warranties are up. Including outright failure of the laptop parts crammed into the iMac. And don’t get me started on the white plastic macbooks.

          Anecdotal evidence, I know. But nevertheless, hard to ignore.

            • jstern
            • 10 years ago

            The white plastic macbook, that’s the one I have. Exactly, I would also have to say don’t get me started. Such a cheaply made product, that I’ve treated like gold, yet it was so cheaply made, I can’t even sell it.

      • stmok
      • 10 years ago

      That’s the price you pay for the choice you’ve made. Live with it.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    q[

      • StashTheVampede
      • 10 years ago

      Grand Central picks which is faster to process a block of data. It’ll send it to the CPU and/or GPU, depending on the task.

      Previous threading models have to make specific assumptions about threads, cores, etc. With Grand Central, you write for blocks and let the OS handle the rest.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 10 years ago

        … right. I was insinuating, along with Cyril, that GCD is (right now) a fairly moot point when the entire (consumer) lineup only gives you two threads.

        • tay
        • 10 years ago

        Thats not the point. GCD likes more cores as more apps are written to be GCD aware.

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