Apple unveils new iMac range

Apple unveils new iMac range

Summary: Apple has updated the iMac range with new improved processors, graphics, Wi-Fi capabilities and faster flash storage options.

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Apple has announced an updated iMac range complete with better processors, Wi-Fi capabilities, graphics cards and faster PCIe flash storage options.

On Tuesday, the iPad and iPhone maker -- which has recently released the iPhone 5s and 5c to the public -- said that the updated iMac range includes a number of changes.

The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac now features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for improved graphics performance levels.

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 of previous models. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm says this will result in performance rates up to 40 percent higher than previous iMac models.

Customers who wish to upgrade further can choose to upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors -- up to 3.5 GHz -- and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics cards with up to 4GB of video memory.

In addition, the iMac range now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which the company claims will be three times faster than the previous generation's wireless networking technology.

"iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Inside its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage."

The updated iMac now also features support for PCIe-based flash storage, which will make all-flash storage times up to 50 percent faster -- including the Fusion Drive, which is available in 1TB or 3TB versions.

The new iMac has been made available today through the Apple store. The 21.5-inch iMac retails at $1,299, and the 27-inch models for $1,799 -- $1,999.

Topic: Apple

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  • It's just a PC

    The PC is dead. I can't install iPad Apps on it so its irrelevant. Its not mobile. Where's the fingerprint sensor!
    • Yeah, but...

      I'd rather have an iMac than a Surface.
      • good for you...

        I take Surface 2 Pro ;)
        • What a pity

          What drove you to such madness?
          • What drove you to such madness?

            Microsoft's crappy products!
          • What!

            IPad is better than Surface RT? IPad is way more popular than RT but "technically", RT is way better than IPad.
          • The Edsel was technically

            better than all of it's competitors.
            Tony Burzio
    • You're forgetting

      Apple's position is not that PCs are dead... but that they're like trucks. Many people need them, but that number is a smaller number than it used to be. If industry sales are anything to go by, this has exactly borne out.

      I myself could not do without a PC. However, I know a few people who could.
      • Well put!

        I couldn't do without a high horsepower desktop PC, either. At the same time, I know a lot of people who have virtually abandoned their old PCs in favor of an iPad. There is a small area of overlap in functionality between the two devices. For them, an iPad covers all their limited usage scenarios quite nicely. An iPad, or any other tablet, could not replace a desktop for my usage scenario.
        • still

          Having a plenty of racks with servers, I sure can .. And do.
        • You Said It

          As an engineer, I also could not do without a powerful desktop computer. The PC is far from dead, it's just less needed for most people.
      • Diff strokes, diff folks

        The truck analogy is right on asbis any number of similar device/use examples.

        As for those deriding other people preferences .. ignorance is prevalent.
        iPads and iPhones are almost constant companions . but, they provide the research snd ideas for creative work on iMac (preferably loaded!)
    • Frog

      A frog that lives in a well thinks that the Well is the World.

      An iPad and a PC, both solve totally different purposes. Just because your requirements fit in an ipad does not mean there ends the world.
      How do you think someone can even develop an app for your Ipad? How do you think Someone creates great graphics? 3d? etc? PC isn't dead and never will. Even today's laptop cannot replace PCs perfectly.
      • I have a hammer and Sledge

        Both for different jobs. Same with a device that I can easily grab and run into a meeting with, versus running a sharepoint farm in my laptop.
    • Pro Tools

      Obviously, you are not aware of the music production industry. Want to make crappy tracks using Garage Band on your iPad? Go for it, but for real studios, you need a Mac with Pro Tools HD (you can't put HD Accel cards into mobile devices) using either Avid or Apogee A/D-D/A converters, all going into a 72 SSL or Neve console. Some of us need real hardware, not portable toys.
      • good comments

        I was just poking the bear. If it was about iPad I would have had to say, I can't install MAC desktop apps on it so its irrelevant, just to evenly distribute the load.
      • Tell that to the guys who

        only had 4 track mono tape (or Les Paul for that matter).
        • Technically...

          4 track tape in a studio is neither mono, nor stereo. It's the final mix that makes it so.

          Les Paul, of course, had 8 track machines.
    • @graywolf3

      The pc is dead? To you maybe but definitely not for me..unless a tablet pc can run revit architecture 2014 when plug to a dual 27" monitor, the will pc will never die on us architects and designers.
    • You made a friend today.

      Just so you know.