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Thursday, June 7

iMac Hardware Update Rumors Milling Ahead of W W D C

Nearly every single Mac that Apple currently offers is expected to see an update next Monday when WWDC kicks off . The MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac are supposedly slated for an update in less than a week, along with either the Mac mini or the beleaguered Mac Pro. This is in addition to the expected demos of OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6, though as usual, Apple has not confirmed any of the current rumors.

It would make more than enough sense for Apple to update the machines to Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. We have long argued that Apple would most likely wait until June to add Ivy Bridge to its Macs due to the Ivy Bridge shipping schedule, even though some configurations could have been updated as early as April.

That didn't happen—surprise!—but now the time is ripe for such an update. And, as many have already observed, if Apple indeed updates most of its Mac line at WWDC next week, it might be one of the largest simultaneous Mac launches the company has ever tried to pull off.

The site has virtually no info on what might be involved in an iMac update, and can't say whether the Mac mini or the Mac Pro will be the fourth piece of hardware to get an update next week. As many professional users know, the Mac Pro hasn't been updated in almost two years at this point, and some are beginning to worry that Apple could be preparing to kill off the high-end machine.

Along with the latest rumors for WWDC, which starts next week, Apple lovers are expecting major software announcements, from an introduction to iOS 6 to an iCloud and OS X update. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that the conference will feature a preview of Apple’s rumored new Maps App, which ditches Google and boasts 3-D imaging.

Whatever comes next week, it’s probably time to take out your checkbook and put that ancient iMac in the garage to collect dust—that thing is about to be officially vintage.

Credits to :Jacqui Cheng (ARS-Technica),  Ben Johnson and Slate V Staff 
Video by Krishnan Vasuvedan.
Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images