Apple iMac Refresh Official, Now with Faster CPUs and Thunderbolt

The rumors were right, Apple was getting ready to refresh its iMac all-in-one (AIO) desktop line, and that refresh is now official. Announced today, Apple injected a healthy dose of current and next-generation technologies into its updated iMac series, including Intel's 2nd generation quad-core processors, beefed up graphics, Thunderbolt I/O connectivity, and a new FaceTime HD camera.

"Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design," said Philip 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."

One rumor that didn't come true is the introduction of a new panel size. The refreshed iMacs still come in 21.5-inch and 27-inch flavors with base prices ranging from $1,199 to $1,999. Depending on the model, iMac shoppers can configure a system with up to a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR-1333, HDD and SSD options including up to 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics with either 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and of course tons of software and accessories.

The new iMacs are the first desktops to come equipped with Intel's Thunderbolt (previously Light Peak) technology, which offers data transfer rates up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800. There's two of them on the back , along with an HD webcam on the front that allows iMac users to make FaceTime video calls in 720p to other Intel-based Mac computers, iPad 2, iPhone 4, or the latest generation of iPod touch devices.
Via:  Apple
LLeCompte 3 years ago

even though my needs dont fit an imac, i like the new refresh. Im glad to see they are finally putting quad cores in the 21 inch. Im sure they will sell a bunch like they always do.

Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

As much as I despise apple, you have to admit these are pretty sexy. And they just got better with thunderbolt and sandy bridge(about time). My department uses apple products so as depressing as it might be I actually get excited when they refresh their imacs and mac pros. The only think I'm not jazzed about is their use of mobile parts in a "desktop", if I'm doing graphics work I want some power!

So question for you mac people. Does 10.6 or earlier even support trim or garbage collection for an ssd? I know 10.7 is supposed to.

HHGrrl 3 years ago

These look sweet, but I still think Apple products are overpriced.

coolice 3 years ago

mhhm, i gotta say, (sorry haters), but i'm actually starting to appreciate apple. I won an ipod nano a few months ago which went on the fritz (old mans fault, i think he accidentally left it in the pocket of his jeans, which then went in the washing machine). Anywho, it wouldnt power on or nothing.

Took it to the apple store... was replaced in under 15 mins with a brand spankin new device....... No way in hell i can get that done with anything else. keep in mind, i'm comparing an ipod to a imac, but the service was top notch

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