The iMac consumer desktop line has been updated today, adding the latest ‘Haswell’ processors built by Intel and support for more flash-memory storage.
Apple’s new iMacs include Intel’s latest Haswell processors, improved graphics, faster PCI Express-based flash storage options, and the support for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard making its way into the company’s Mac products.
“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.
The 21.5-inch iMac now starts with a 2.7GHz, quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics. The 21.5-inch is also available. Iris Pro is a new Intel GPU that’s popular on mid-range gaming PCs, and should offer considerable improvements over the previous model.
The 27-inch model comes with a 3.2GHz quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce 700 graphics or a 3.4GHz CPU. Users can also purchase the 3.5GHz processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.
The 8.7 MB update requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 (12E4022) or later, suggesting that at least some new iMacs may need to be updated with the current OS X 10.8.5 upon delivery, says MacRumors.
All iMac models now offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the latest version of the wireless networking protocol that Apple first brought to the MacBook Air earlier this year. And, thanks to a recent patch in OS X 10.8.5, wireless speeds between 802.11ac-equipped Macs and the latest version of Apple’s Time Capsule are finally up to snuff.
PCIe-based flash storage should offer speed improvements of up to 50 percent over last-gen models, according to Apple, for faster booting, loading of apps and general system performance. All-flash CTO options now range up to a full 1 TB of storage, with Fusion Drives available in either 1TB or 3TB. 8GB of RAM and a 1TB drive are now standard, with 32GB max configuration options for custom orders.
The iMac’s current look was first revealed in November last year, with the removal of the optical drive allowing Apple to slim the edges of the machine down to just 5mm.
The market for desktop personal computers have hit a rut lately. Just ask companies like Dell who recently went private to start reorganizing. This industry-wide problem only makes Apple seek to conquer it.
The innovator of desktop computing rolled out the newest updates to appeal to the artists across the world. Gamers, editors, designers and millions more who have a need for speed will enjoy the latest reveal of the iMac, writes the Guardian Live.
Apple starts selling the new iMac today on its website and in stores as well, according to its press release.
The cheapest 21.5-inch iMac costs $1,299, while the model with a 2.9GHz processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics will set you back $1,499.
The 27-inch iMac with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 755M graphics card goes for $1,799; the version with a 3.4 GHz CPU costs $1,999.