As expected, Apple refreshes its desktop iMac line with new Sandy Bridge Quad-Core CPUs, Thunderbolt I/O technology and FaceTime HD camera.
- New iMac is up to 70% faster and AMD graphics is 3 times the performance of previous iMac.
- Option to upgrade to Core i7 processor up to 3.4GHz.
- 21.5 inch and 27 inch option.
- 21.5″ 2.5GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6750M, 500GB, $1199
- 21.5″ 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB, $1499
- 27″ 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB, $1699
- 27″ 3.1GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6970M, 1TB, $1999
- 21.5 inch has one Thunderbolt port while 27 inch has two Thunderbolt ports.
- The two thunderbolt ports in 27-inch model allows you to drive 2 external monitors.
- Possible to swap out the included Magic Mouse with Magic Trackpad.
Apple iMac announcement
iMac at Apple Store
Apple revamped its entire desktop line on Tuesday, without any fanfare san any press event unlike previous launches of such magnitude. We summarize the essential below. Visit apple.com for more details.
- Mac mini: Two new Mac mini models with 2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrateg graphics used in MacBooks. The graphcs is now 5 times better and it comes with Mini DisplayPort. It is bundled with the new iLife 09 and it uses only 13watts of power when idle.
- iMac: iMac is refreshed with one 20-inch model and 3 other 24-inch models. Pricing for one 24-inch model is the same as last generation 20-inch model. The 20-inch model comes with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. For 24-inch model, you can opt for other graphics solution such as NVIDIA GeForce GT120, NVIDIA GeForce GT130 or ATI Radeon HD 4850.
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