Well, it seems the rumors of new iMacs were, in fact, true. But who doubted them, anyway?
The new iMacs sport the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, meaning the archaic, low-end Core 2 Duo model is now history—the new low-end iMac has the Core i3 chip. Also, the iMac line now sports new graphics cards, all of which are dedicated GPUs. Done away with is NVIDIA, with Apple instead opting to put two flavors of the ATI Radeon HD GPU—the 4670 and 5670—in the iMacs. And if the processor and GPU difference wasn’t enough for you, Apple has thrown in IPS panels into the iMacs (yes, like the iPhone and iPad) as well as SD card readers that can handle the SDXC format. If you have a couple hundred dollars laying around, you can even put an HDD and an SDD into your desktop…for $750, at least.
But seemingly superfluous items aside, Apple has finally updated their once-flagship, now-neglected product line. Here’s a quick breakdown of your standard options, with these new iMacs, broken down by Price, Screen Size, Processor, RAM, HDD and GPU:
- $1199, 21.5″, 3.06GHz Core i3, 4GB, 500MB, ATI Radeon HD 4670
- $1499, 21.5″, 3.20GHz Core i3, 4GB, 1TB, ATI Radeon HD 5670
- $1699 27″, 3.20GHz Core i3, 4GB, 1TB, ATI Radeon HD 5670
- $1999 27″, 2.8GHz Quad-Core Core i5, 4GB, 1TB, ATI Radeon HD 5750