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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

Benchmark listing suggests debut is near

Apple's 27-inch iMac

Online benchmark result sites have revealed the imminent arrival of new Macs before. Witness the appearance of the new MacBook Pro in Primate Labs' Geekbench site in May - a month before Apple announced the machine.

While this week's WWDC keynote made no mention of new iMacs, don't forget that a new all-in-one machine also appeared on the Geekbench site recently.

Geekbench iMac 13,2

It was running a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770 quad-core Ivy Bridge chip and dubbed the 'iMac13,2'. Last year's model, released in May 2011, was coded 'iMac12,2'.

Assuming the Geekbench data isn't fake, it points to a near-term iMac update - now more than a month overdue. Mac Pro fans may have a long time to wait for a decent refresh, but it looks like an iMac revision will come much sooner - perhaps with an on-board digital TV pick-up. ®

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