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Apple's new iMacs features quad-core processors across the board

When it comes to Apple's product portfolio, the iMac range often doesn't get the same kind of attention as popular "it" products like the iPhone 4, iPad, or MacBook Air. However, Apple still relies quite heavily on its iMac family and today announced a top to bottom refresh complete with new Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O technology.

First off, all members of the iMac family now feature Intel's latest quad-core processors, with the low-end models getting the Core i5. Core i7 processors are a standalone option for the 21.5" and 27" iMacs. 

Apple loves to play the numbers game whenever it refreshes its product lines, and the latest iMacs are no exception. The company says that the new iMacs are up to 70 percent faster in overall performance and that graphics performance is up to three times faster than before.

The other big addition to the iMac family is the Thunderbolt I/O technology that was first introduced on refreshed MacBook Pros earlier this year. Thunderbolt provides two bi-directional data channels and transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. Apple's 21.5" iMacs feature one Thunderbolt port while the 27" iMacs get two ports.

“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we've made the world’s best desktop even better.” 

The base 21.5" iMac starts at $1,199 and comes with a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU, and a 500GB HDD. The base 27" iMac starts at $1,699 and comes equipped with a 2.7GHz Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6770M GPU, and a 1TB HDD.

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RE: Honestly
By ltcommanderdata on 5/3/2011 11:10:08 AM , Rating: 4
Well, it isn't for everyone, but there is definitely a market for all-in-ones given that Dell and others have jumped on board. And if I'm not mistaken, Apple's iMac actually tends to be price competitive, if not cheaper than Windows All-in-ones. And now more powerful given that Apple has standardized on quad core and discrete GPUs across the board.

And at least the monitor is good quality being IPS on both the 21.5" and 27" models. With dual Thunderbolt on the 27", it'll be interesting to see if it supports dual monitor out for a 3 monitor workstation.

RE: Honestly
By Pirks on 5/3/2011 11:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
the monitor is IPS on both models
Proof link please?

RE: Honestly
By ltcommanderdata on 5/3/2011 11:58:31 AM , Rating: 2

Stunning from every angle.
The iMac display looks great from any seat in the house, thanks to a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS). IPS gives you a bright picture with excellent colour — even if you’re viewing the display from the side.

RE: Honestly
By StevoLincolnite on 5/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: Honestly
By hexxthalion on 5/4/2011 7:53:32 AM , Rating: 2
apples and oranges. what does 120Hz has to do with IPS????

RE: Honestly
By DarkUltra on 5/7/2011 7:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
Because there are yet no 120hz IPS monitors out you have to choose either. 120hz is very smooth, mousecursor is much more precise and 3d games feel more solid. But it always have bad vertical viewing angles. Read "3d ready" monitor reviews and forum users that have tried windows at 120hz and they all say it is a huge difference.

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