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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: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By AssBall on 5/3/2011 12:48:52 PM , Rating: 1
YAY, now you can play new games.... oh wait.... its iOs.

But honestly you could put a geForce 2 GTS in a powermac back in the day and it would be awesome for quake3.

And $1400 just to get a "decent" video card? I'll admit the Mac displays are really nice though. Unless of course it turns yellow........

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By dubldwn on 5/3/2011 12:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same thing. 6970 is fast but what are you going to do with it? I guess run virtual Windows.

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By MeesterNid on 5/3/2011 1:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because it's not like you could dual-boot via Apple's own Boot Camp or anything..."virtual windows" here I come. <facepalm/>

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By dubldwn on 5/3/2011 1:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, is that right? Would it be better to boot into Windows on this Mac, rather than use a virtual machine to run Windows on this Mac? Haha, thanks. BTW, some of the most popular software is for running virtual Windows. Certainly the first software I would buy if I was forced to get this decoration.

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By MeesterNid on 5/3/2011 3:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
If you choose to be a numb-skulled idiot, that's up to you. I was commenting on your statement that the only option to run Windows on a Mac was in a VM rather than natively.

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By Pirks on 5/3/2011 2:56:34 PM , Rating: 3
what are you going to do with it?
Install Steam and run some nice 3D games in sweet 2560x1600 resolution. No real cool stuff though like Darksiders or Crysis (unless you install Windows which kind of defeats the purpose of buying a Mac in first place) but still this is much better than the decomposing corpse the Mac gaming used to be a few years ago. Now at least they have decent mobile gaming hardware with this 6970M thing, woot! That's a good first step in a right direction for sure.

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/3/2011 3:36:11 PM , Rating: 3
Most importantly, you can play the manliest game ever created.

I'm talking of course about Starcraft 2 on the ladder. >:)

RE: 6970M?! yeah baby!
By hexxthalion on 5/4/2011 8:00:51 AM , Rating: 2
no, it's not iOS, it's Mac OS

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