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Apple scotches pre-Xmas Mac desktop revamp rumour

No more updates in 2008, says spokesman

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Apple has confirmed it has now refreshed all the product lines it's going to revamp this year.

The Mac maker doesn't usually comment on rumours, but this week a spokesman broke ranks and told Macworld magazine that the iMac and Mac Mini will not be updated between now and the end of the year, contradicting speculation to the contrary.

As we noted last week, Apple's annual launch schedule kicks off with CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote early in January, and it's there that we expect news of a Mac Mini revamp, if any.

The Mini was designed as an easy lure for Windows users tempted to switch to Mac OS X. But with the increasing demand for notebooks, Apple's real switcher bait is really the new metal Macbook now.

That said, in today's chilly economic climate, a revitalised Mini may be useful for attracting switchers put off by the Macbook's price. Though Jobs has said the company is not chasing the kind of consumer who's only interested in low-cost kit.

A bigger part of Jobs' keynote is likely to be new Mac Pro desktops based on Intel's almost-released Core i7 processors, based on the new 'Nehalem' microarchitecture, performance evaluated here.

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