New Apple iMac 2011 Rumors: 30-inch Model and Expected Specs

By Jamie Pert - May 1, 2011

As you may have read earlier this week Apple may refresh their iMac offerings over the next few days, this got us thinking about specs, features and screen sizes so we thought we would write an article speculating about the new iMac in 2011.

If you head over to the Apple Store you will see 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, over the years it seems as if each new iMac features a larger display than its predecessor. Perhaps the next iMac will be available with a display nearer to 30-inches, would you like to see this?

In terms of specifications we can take a little bit of insight from the recently refreshed MacBook Pro models which arrived back in February. The new MacBook Pros feature a range of specs however the high-end models features quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, even the cheapest model featured a dual-core Intel Core i5 chip. We presume that Apple will offer Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors which deliver better performance and efficiency than the first-gen Intel Core processor.

One new technology we saw the MacBook Pro was Apple / Intel Thunderbolt, this technology wiped the floor with USB 3.0 and eSATA, so much so that even the new MacBook Pros snubbed USB 3.0, this shocked us a little. We pretty much guarantee that the 2011 iMacs will feature Thunderbolt connectivity.

Other specs we may see as standard in the high-end models include 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 2TB of storage (or a high capacity SSD), a Blu-ray drive and a significant jump in graphics from the ATI Radeon HD 5750 which is used by the most recent iMacs.

We would love to hear what you want to see the new iMacs feature in terms of specs and screen size, let us know in the comments section below.

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  • andrew

    I'd love a 30" iMac with Thunderbolt, SSD and traditional HD combo, drop the optical drive all together (no BluRay or DVD/CD)!

  • NGE

    misleading tittle… very bad!

  • george d

    #1 feature request from me: none glossy displays

    • Turbojacket


  • Andrew Johnson

    I hope they upgrade the MAC Mini whilst lowering the machine costs. I'm on my second MAC Mini which I would very much like to upgrade but the cost is prohibitive compared to a windows equivalent.

  • MarkinAZ

    That doesn't make sense… I would expect a midsize iMac, maybe 24". 30" is overkill and would have a very limited market.