New MacBook Pros and iMac Coming in the First Half of 2011?

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Digitimes is reporting that Apple is will likely release upgrades to their MacBook Pro and iMac lines in the first half of 2011.
The relevant excerpt from the report:

The sources noted that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros as well as an iMac that features a new panel size and a price point for the mainstream market.

Interestingly, this is the first we’ve heard of the new “panel size” and “price points” attributed to the iMac line this release cycle. What that means is anybody’s guess. I’m guessing, if this holds true, they’ll re-introduce a smaller, more inexpensive iMac model, much like they’ve had in the past. Because, seriously, who needs a display larger than 27-inches in an all-in-one computer? I’m sure someone does, but probably not a large segment of the market.

Also, I have a beef with the scope of this report. First half of 2011? Really? Why not broaden the scope to “sometime” in the future and really cover your bases. Ok, my griping aside, the MacBook Pros last saw an upgrade in April of this year, and the iMacs saw an update in July, so the first half of 2011 sounds reasonable, if not a little vague.

Lastly, if I had to guess, neither one of these will be drastic overhauls, just minor, internal upgrades. We’ll keep you posted on future developments.

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