Apple is expected to unveil new Mac desktops soon. Rumors on World of Apple and My Apple Guide swirled over the weekend and continued Monday about updates to the Mac mini, the all-in-one iMac, and the Mac Pro.
Apple is expected to make the announcement of updates at a media event on March 24, similar to the event the Cupertino, Calif.-based company held last October to announce notebooks. Kodawarisan, a Japanese Web site, however, said the new Mac desktops will be announced Tuesday.
While updates for the Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro were expected at Macworld in January, Apple didn't deliver. An anticipated change for the Mac Pro features Intel Nehalem processors.
Along with new desktops and adding the latest Nvidia graphics cards, Apple is expected to pull a rabbit out of a hat with a "pleasant surprise," sources said.
Hints and Teases
"Given that we haven't seen major updates to these products, it might be time for Apple to do a refresh," said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of strategy and analysis at Interpret.
The Mac mini hasn't had an update since 2007, and the iMac was last updated nearly a year ago. Changes to these Macs aren't expected to be significant, but the Mac Pro is expected to include a major architecture change with the inclusion of the Nehalem (Core i7) processors.
Rumors also say there will more than just changes under the hood. A new design for the Mac Pro's aluminum casing is also expected.
While there have been no concrete announcements from Apple, the company also hasn't denied the rumors. In fact, new Apple marketing literature shows "high performance Nvidia graphics" as a feature in the iMac 20- and 24-inch products.
A photo has also surfaced online of a packaged Mac mini. The image, posted by OneMore Thing, shows the retail box of a Mini mac with ports for Ethernet, Mini DVI, Firewire 800, and a display port.
An announcement by Apple at the end of the month makes sense, considering Intel is also launching Nehalem processors at the end of the month.
As if the much-anticipated updates aren't enough, rumors have Apple offering a surprise. While some observers are speculating the surprise is an update to the iPhone, others think it will be an expected Apple TV update. The update might add TV programming from the iTunes Store, HD support, and DVR capabilities.