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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 Johnmcl7 on 5/3/2011 6:12:34 PM , Rating: 0
I was extracting a hard drive from an Imac for recovery as the machine had a dead motherboard which was a complete pain in the neck because Apple designed it so you had to rip the whole thing apart, take the display out etc. just to get to the hard drive. Despite pointing out the difficulty in maintaining an Imac/all in one, the person went straight out and bought another which I'm sure is the case for most people. Which is great for Apple as it means people buying a whole new PC each time rather than upgrading certain parts and keeping the likes of the monitor.

I'm no fan of all in one PCs as you get the disadvantages of both desktop and laptop PCs without any of the advantages. I much prefer having a dedicated desktop monitor which is currently a Dell U2711 offering a wide range of inputs and will hopefully last through several iterations of the PCs attached to it.


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