Apple has updated its iMac all-in-one desktops with fourth generation Intel Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors, new graphics adapters, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe NAND flash storage options. The updated iMac higher performance in the thin form-factor.
“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
All new Apple iMac AIOs come with Intel Core i5 4000-sequence “Haswell” microprocessors with 2.70GHz – 3.40GHz clock-speed as well as feature standard 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 1TB hard drive; customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and up to a 3TB hard drive. iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals. iMac now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station, iMac delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster than the previous generation.
The entry-level 21.5” iMac features a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with integrated Iris Pro graphics that has unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance. The high-end 21.5” model and both 27” models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors as well as Nvidia GeForce 700-series "Kepler" graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40% faster performance than the previous generation.Customers looking for the ultimate in performance can upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5GHz and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.
The updated iMac now features support for PCIe-based flash storage that makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50% faster than the previous generation. The popular Fusion Drive option combines 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. Customers can configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB.
The new iMac is available today through the Apple online store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers. The 21.5” iMac is available starts at $1299; whereas the most affordable 27” iMac is available for a suggested retail price of $1799.