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February 10, 2010

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That's a 24" with a notebook chip. That's not going to be a problem and nor is it the issue at hand. The i7 and Sandybridge are where there could be a problem. I don't know where Apple will go because they can't keep getting thinner and offer higher end chips and graphics cards without consequence. I've been hoping for a mini tower that's about the price of a high end iMac for years. That's what I want and hope happens.

My 24" 3.06 iMac runs very cool. I keep Temperature Monitor running all the time to see if there are any overheating problems and I have found none. In my normal work mode the processor temperatures run at around 100 degrees F. The 1TB drive usually stays about 110 degrees F. I use iMac Fan Control to adjust the fan speeds depending on the temperature and I rarely ever hear the fans even if I'm encoding a DVD or converting video files. I think these larger screen iMacs have much larger heat sinks spread out over a larger area to hold heat problems to a minimum.

The G5? This has nothing to do with an ancient G5 tower and Apple's redesign, well after the G5, is for a compact design. Maybe Apple has learned something here.

The point on a redesign instead of cooling system is definitely a possibility as well. Tough choice

I think Apple has put the Mac's on the back burner for some time. The new iMacs are great, however there was little to no advertising for them. Now that the iPad is out I hope the Mac will start getting some attention.

Although heat will always be an issue with compact designs and Apple appears permanently wedded to the idea that thinner is better, I'm scared of any liquid cooling system. A lot of liquid cooled G5 towers leaked. Although the system described above is different, the potential for damage inside a compact iMac case is far greater than in a big tower.

If Apple intends to keep up with the industry and use desktop parts they need to have true desktop cooling. However, I wouldn't put it past Steve Jobs to decide that nobody except pros needs a desktop anymore and discontinue the iMac completely.

My i5 iMac gets really hot. I can't imagine it getting any hotter before Apple is forced to do something.

I would dearly love to see such an iMac and the sooner, the better!

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