Apple, through an official statement, announced on Sept 24 that it had revamped its Apple iMac with fourth generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.
"iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be. Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage," stated Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The Apple iMac now supports next generation 802.11 ac WiFi. This makes the device faster than the previous generation.
The PCle-based flash storage makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50 per cent faster than the previous generation.
The popular Fusion Drive option has the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files.
Users can now configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, an all-flash storage options can configure up to 1TB.
Apple iMac Features:
- The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance.
- The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 per cent faster performance than the previous generation.
- Can be upgraded to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.
Pricing and Availability
The updated iMac is available through Apple Online Store at www.apple.com.
- The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US).
- The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US).
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