The 2011 21.5 inch iMac has a quad-core Intel i5 processor (optionally upgraded to i7). One of the best features for this new iMac, expected to be released in mid 2011) is the new Thunderbolt I/O technology. Thunderbolt allows for 10 Gigabit-per-second speed on bi-directional channels. What does this mean? It means super-fast peripherals and accessories. You can hook up your iMac to an external RAID and it will still be blazingly fast.
There are also news reports about Intel working together with Apple to develop chips for the iPhone and iPad products. This type of collaboration could mean a larger variety of models for consumers to choose from, depending on their processing needs. Nothing has yet been confirmed, however.
What do you think of the 2011 21.5″ iMac? Is it the desktop of your dreams?