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New features for new iMacs next week

02 May 11

New iMacs should be on the market this week, according to AppleInsider, complete with Intel's latest Core processors and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port. 

Apple's website describes Thunderbolt as a "revolutionary I/O [in/out] technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port." 

Thunderbolt cables transfer files and video at 10 Gbps (gigabits per second), which is 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire. 

A refresh of the line also means the iMacs get an upgrade to the Core i5/i7 processor series already installed in the MacBook Pro line.

AppleInsider reports that all signs point to a release for the new line on Tuesday, May 3. 

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