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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Apple launches the new iMac

In an anticipated move today, Apple has announced the new iMacs.
The biggest change is the large upgrade to the processor and the graphics. Traditionally, the iMacs were in Core 2 Duo specs, but now Apple has bumped up the power significantly with the new Intel i series processors. The lowest end clocks in at a strong 3.06 GHz i3. The highest end iMac can now reach the quads. Yep, that's quad core i7 power.
On the Video GPU side, no more integrated graphics chips for the iMac. The new line-up now all come with dedicated and upper-middle end cards, starting from the Radeon 4670 to the 5750.

They come in the following default configurations:
$1199 / 21.5" / 3.06GHz Core i3 / 4GB / 500GB / ATI Radeon HD 4670
$1499 / 21.5" / 3.20GHz Core i3 / 4GB / 1TB / ATI Radeon HD 5670
$1699 27" / 3.20GHz Core i3 / 4GB / 1TB / ATI Radeon HD 5670
$1999 27" / 2.8GHz Quad-Core Core i5 / 4GB / 1TB / ATI Radeon HD 5750
+$200 27" / 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Core i7 BTO option

You can increase the base 4GB ram to as high as 16GB and the hard drive to 2TB for additional configuration prices. On the 27" model you can even configure the storage to be dual drives (1TB hdd + 256MB solid state).

In the old days, Macs were usually underpowered vs. the latest spec offerings on the market,  but they were forgiven by the fans due to the beloved Mac Operating systems. Not anymore, they've got both this time. 
the iMacs now posses some real impressive innards. And best of all, Apple has kept the prices reasonable even with the huge boost in capabilities. I would have loved if it had a blu-ray drive, but hey, I guess they have to save something for the next generation upgrade. 

With the last iteration of the iMac being a year ago, pundits in the tech world were expecting a refresher on the iMac product line. People can now check the new specs, configurations and prices in Apple's website. Available right now!

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