The iMac and Mac Pro are rumored to be in the process of a refresh. Here’s the top 10 things users would like to see included in the next iteration:
10. Greater Expandability
A design refresh of the iMac and Mac Pro would be pretty cool and, if so, Apple should offer more custom options for retail and user-fitted expansions.
9. More Processor Options
Currently, users can get 2 x Quad Core processors in their Mac Pro. Imagine going above and beyond that?
8. Intel Light Peak
A high-speed optical interface with the potential to replace and/or eclipse all other slow-ass interfaces. Unlikely to make an appearance just yet as it is still early in its development. Keep your fingers crossed, though, as it is beyond awesome.
7. Price Cut
We pay a premium for Apple products because they are so good. Once in a while Mr Jobs surprises us (a good example would be the iPad launch price). It would be nice if he announced price cuts a little more often though.
6. Bigger display on iMac
The 27-inch iMac is already big enough for most. A 30-inch model would make it earth shatteringly orgasmic.
5. Magic Trackpad Launch
The blogosphere has been alight with rumors of the new Apple Magic Trackpad or Magic Slate which appeared on the FCC website. A simultaneous launch with a new model iMac / Mac Pro would be pretty cool.
4. Solid State Drives
A hybrid SSD / HDD system has been mentioned in order to make the already-fast Mac Pro’s even faster. No word yet on whether Apple will include this.
3. Firewire Upgrade
Word has it that this is a very likely addition. Apple has apparently been working on an update for Firewire, which is surprising as they decided to omit it from a few of their laptop models for a while. Still, it remains a solid choice for filmmakers and consumers wanting to transfer large amounts of data quickly.
2. USB 3.0
The addition of the new, backwards compatible, USB 3.0 interface which is blisteringly fast (10x faster than the existing USB interfaces). Rumors suggest this is pretty likely.
This remains the most wished for addition to the Mac family but, unfortunately, because of Steve’s dislike for it (iterated in 2008 and again in 2010), chances of it appearing are pretty remote. Luckily, external Blu-ray drives are available with the new USB 3.0 interface for those that can’t face a future without it.