New iMacs with High Res Displays and Intel’s Ivy Bridge on the Way

Apple's mobile products tend to dominate the headlines, but lest anyone forget, the Cupertino company also still sells iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems, and they're about to be refreshed. Reportedly, Apple's new iMacs will sport higher resolution displays and cross over Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. Does that mean we should start throwing around the 'R' word?

Unfortunately, there's no word yet on whether the new iMacs will feature Apple's highly touted Retina Display technology, which is a fancy marketing term to describe any screen resolution high enough to where you make out individual pixels with the naked eye from a normal viewing distance. Currently, the iPhone 4/4S, iPod touch (4th generation, iPad 3, and MacBook Pro (3rd generation) all boast Retina Displays, but iMac systems do not.

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While Retina Display technology is up in the air, you can figure on the new iMac systems using swank new Ivy Bridge processors, having better graphics, taking advantage of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 spec, and perhaps higher capacity solid state drives (SSDs).