Apple updates iMac with Thunderbolt, beefier GPUs

TUAW
by Chris Rawson

Apple has refreshed its iMac all-in-one desktop line with upgraded CPUs and a few other new features. The key upgrades for the iMac refresh are the new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and the Thunderbolt I/O port first introduced in the most recent MacBook Pro updates. Offering speeds of up to 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt provides a far faster connection than either USB 3.0 or Firewire. The iMac has also seen an upgrade to its GPUs, which are now three times faster than the previous model.

The iMac comes in two 21.5-inch and two 27-inch models, as detailed below:

iMac 21.5"

  • Price: Starting at US$1,199
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6750M or AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • Other: Single Thunderbolt port, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

iMac 27"

  • Price: Starting at $1,699
  • CPU: 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2 GB)
  • HDD: 1 TB hard drive
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770M or AMD Radeon HD 6970M
  • Other: Two Thunderbolt ports, FaceTime HD camera, aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display,Mini DisplayPort, One FireWire 800 port, Four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, Audio in/out, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver, 802.11 a/b/g n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and an Apple wireless keyboard with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The new iMacs are available now on Apple’s online store.

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