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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 EasyC on 5/3/2011 11:19:34 AM , Rating: -1
Sheep need not look beyond the boundaries of the farm.

RE: Honestly
By ltcommanderdata on 5/3/2011 11:21:08 AM , Rating: 1
Given how trendy its become to hate Apple, I don't think Apple fans are the only ones set in their ways.

RE: Honestly
By Flunk on 5/3/2011 11:30:27 AM , Rating: 4
It's not a trend, hating Apple has been a good pastime for more than 30 years.

RE: Honestly
By BSMonitor on 5/3/2011 11:37:37 AM , Rating: 1
Blame Intel, they'd be dead in the PC space if not for switching over to x86.

RE: Honestly
By EasyC on 5/3/2011 11:40:21 AM , Rating: 2
You will not find me defending Dell, HP, Gateway, etc either. Some of us actually know enough about tech than to pay 1200$+ for an i5 w/ 6750m graphics and a 21.5" monitor.

PC makers generally use cheap parts, and Apple uses gold plated cheap parts. Therefor, I build my own. For instance, my current setup would cost 3,324$ in Apples world... or 1176$ in real world money. I'm sure OSX is fine for some, but it's not worth 2148$.

RE: Honestly
By ltcommanderdata on 5/3/2011 12:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, building your own is definitely the most cost effective. I build my own Windows desktops too for that reason. For laptops though, you pretty much have to rely on system integrators so I tend to go with MacBook Pros since I'm willing to pay for the battery life and weight benefits.

RE: Honestly
By EasyC on 5/3/2011 12:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
Even that is iffy. I've never known a laptop battery to last more than a year (holding a decent charge anyway). What happens on macbooks when their battery life is 1 hr and 5 minutes?

RE: Honestly
By hexxthalion on 5/4/2011 7:56:40 AM , Rating: 2
my 2yo MacBook Pro has exactly the same battery performance now as it had when i bought it

RE: Honestly
By robinthakur on 5/4/2011 12:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly you've never owned a macbook if you've never hada laptop battery last more than a year holding a decent charge. My Powerbook g4 still holds its charge well and I bought that in 2003...

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