New iMacs With Sandy Bridge And Thunderbolt Arriving May?

Apple will reportedly launch the new iMac computers at the end of April or in May with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt.

Cnet's Brian Tong disclosed via Twitter that Apple would be launching the iMac in just over a month with no great cosmetic changes to the computer.

“My Sources: New iMacs en route by ocean to U.S. available end of April or 1st week of May. No Major cosmetic changes,” he tweeted.

Apple, known for its product designs, has refrained from making any drastic changes to its line of iMac and Macbook devices but this major hardware update was pretty much expected. The company recently brought out its new Macbook Pro 17-inch and 15-inch models which also come with Sandy Bridges and Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt has been developed by Intel as a replacement to USB ports, promising 20 times faster data transfer speeds. The input-output technology comes with 10Gbps speeds for data transfer. Thunderbolt comes with support for FireWire, USB and Gigabit Ethernet using adapters.

The technology is yet to see widespread industry adoption but printer maker Canon is expected to release products with Thunderbolt support soon.

According to Apple Insider, the last iMac hardware update happened in July 2010 when Apple equipped the all-in-one desktop with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and ATI Radeon graphics card.