Tuesday, October 20th 2009

Apple Updates iMac Lineup with 21.5-inch and 27-inch Models

Apple gave its flagship desktop computer, the iMac a healthy specifications update that warps the iMac right back into competing with the PCs of this generation. The update involves introducing two new models, a 21.5-inch one, and another massive 27-inch model, to replace the existing 20 and 24-inch offerings, respectively. The major update aims to achieve giving the iMac a true widescreen display that is at least full HD capable, powerful hardware including the advent of quad-core processors to the iMac, and a host of changes to the hardware and peripherals. Prices start at $1199.

To begin with, the 21.5-inch model features a 16:9 full HD display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the 27-inch model comes with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. The displays on both use IPS panels that provide a viewing angle as wide as 178°, with high color fidelity. The displays use LED backlit for uniform, instant-on illumination. Such technologies we previously found on Apple's high-end Cinema displays. Both feature enclosures that are distinctively "wide-screen", and slim at that. Both feature all-aluminum backs.

The under-the-hood changes include memory that is now configurable up to 16 GB, quad-core processors, and up to 2 TB of storage. The $1199 21.3-inch base model features an Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, 4 GB of memory, and 500 GB of storage. At $1499, the same can be had with a 1 TB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics. At $1699, you get the 27-inch model, with the same hardware specs as the $1499 one. Finally, at $1999, is the 27-inch model slated for November, which features Intel Core i5 2.66 GHz quad-core processor, and ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics. With this model, you will be able to opt for a more powerful Core i7 "Lynnfield" processor.

Other hardware and peripheral changes include an SD card slot right below the optical-drive slot towards the user's right side, a new version Apple wireless keyboard, and the all new Apple Magic Mouse. Users can opt for wired input devices for no change in price. The Apple Magic Mouse brings multi-touch technology to the mouse. The entire top-area of the mouse is a multi-touch surface, which lets you not only click and scroll, but also to scroll in any direction, and perform multi-touch actions with some applications. It uses Bluetooth to communicate with the computer, and uses two AA batteries. A wired version is also available. Existing Mac owners can buy the Magic Mouse single piece for $69. The 27-inch iMac will use adapters that will take display input from external sources that turn it into a standalone display, or HDTV. Both these new iMacs also feature redesigned speakers that improve bass response, and reduce distortion.

Source: Macworld
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37 Comments on Apple Updates iMac Lineup with 21.5-inch and 27-inch Models

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to Freaksavior for sending this in.
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Woody112
nice now all we need is the i5 and i7 for the mbp. O and some blue ray so I can do a trade up:D
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lemonadesoda
WIN! A 27-inch model comes with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. At LAST a higher density display. Want one.
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#4
siLc
If only the 2560x1440 resolution would penetrate the 27"+ PC monitor space. I'd line up to get one :D
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#5
lemonadesoda
Magic mouse. With multi-touch surface. Great.

It's embarrasing that it is Apple that is yet again innovating... and us PC'ers can only hope for the time when this tech trickles down to us cheapskates.

I am getting very close to buying an Apple and bootcamping it.
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#6
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
I am an apple guy, most of you know this, but i was getting more and more disapointed with the imac line. c2d's when nearly everything is quad. Since i5, and i7 are now in their lineup, my faith is restored :)
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#7
lemonadesoda
by: freaksavior
I am an apple guy, most of you know this, but i was getting more and more disapointed with the imac line. c2d's when nearly everything is quad. Since i5, and i7 are now in their lineup, my faith is restored :)
Can you slap a Intel Core 2 Quad Mobile Q9000, 4x 2.00GHz, Sockel-P, boxed (BX80581Q9000) in your apple?
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#8
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
I can indeed. just like i could slap



:nutkick:

Joking aside, sadly apple solders the chips to the logic board which prevents upgrades :/
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#9
A Cheese Danish
Now if only the price would come down...
That nice resolution would be the only real reason I would get one...
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#10
kid41212003
by: freaksavior
I am an apple guy, most of you know this, but i was getting more and more disapointed with the imac line. c2d's when nearly everything is quad. Since i5, and i7 are now in their lineup, my faith is restored :)
Yeah, 9400 and HD4850 :laugh:

There are more reasons to get an Mac laptop than an desktop. It's pointless to have a desktop that can't play games. Especially when you have 27" monitor.
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#11
Woody112
by: kid41212003
I wouldn't spend $2k to play games on medium setting at 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution.

I wouldn't spend 2k just to watch movie or surfing webs.
I deleted my last post: thought about it for a sec and that 4850 would of had a tough time gaming at that res with game spec's on high.
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#12
Wile E
Power User
Finally, back to the good panels. I have a white Core2 20" iMac (actually my fiancee's). I planned on keeping it because it has an IPS panel, and Apple got away from that. Now I think it's time to look at trading it in on a 21.5" model. (She doesn't want a tower, so it's iMac or a Mini)
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Weer
by: lemonadesoda
Magic mouse. With multi-touch surface. Great.

It's embarrasing that it is Apple that is yet again innovating... and us PC'ers can only hope for the time when this tech trickles down to us cheapskates.

I am getting very close to buying an Apple and bootcamping it.
God damnit, Lemon. I put a lot of faith in you to know what's right.

Anyone who thinks that buying Apple is right disappoints me.

You want a magic mouse? Get a USB one. There are millions created for PC.

Just because Apple makes dare-I-say 'luxurious' hardware items doesn't mean they don't exist for "PC's".

I really take offense when you call PC owner "cheapskates". The truth is we know what we should waste thousands on and what NOT.

/517th Apple rant
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#14
Wile E
Power User
by: Weer
God damnit, Lemon. I put a lot of faith in you to know what's right.

Anyone who thinks that buying Apple is right disappoints me.

You want a magic mouse? Get a USB one. There are millions created for PC.

Just because Apple makes dare-I-say 'luxurious' hardware items doesn't mean they don't exist for "PC's".

I really take offense when you call PC owner "cheapskates". The truth is we know what we should waste thousands on and what NOT.

/517th Apple rant
No, all you know is what you want to spend your money on. Neither option is right or wrong.
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#15
timta2
by: kid41212003


There are more reasons to get an Mac laptop than an desktop. It's pointless to have a desktop that can't play games. Especially when you have 27" monitor.
I just wanted to point out how ridiculous that statement is. I hope you were joking. That might be the case in your life but it does not apply to millions (if not billions) of other people on this planet. Macs can do anything a Windows PC can, most of the time better, with the exception of games.
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Woody112
by: Weer
God damnit, Lemon. I put a lot of faith in you to know what's right.

Anyone who thinks that buying Apple is right disappoints me.

You want a magic mouse? Get a USB one. There are millions created for PC.

Just because Apple makes dare-I-say 'luxurious' hardware items doesn't mean they don't exist for "PC's".

I really take offense when you call PC owner "cheapskates". The truth is we know what we should waste thousands on and what NOT.

/517th Apple rant
It's one thing to troll a thread and another to troll on a person's post. Neither is right and is uncalled for wether you know the person or not. As for the apple rant's we've all herd them all before. You buy what makes you happy we'll buy what makes us happy.

by: timta2
I just wanted to point out how ridiculous that statement is. I hope you were joking. That might be the case in your life but it does not apply to millions (if not billions) of other people on this planet. Macs can do anything a Windows PC can, most of the time better, with the exception of games.
What he's saying, is that if you plan on installing bootcamp and gaming at 2560x1440 then the 4850 is under powered for the job with anything over med spec's and that 9400gt just isn't going to handle any gaming even at lower res. That's what I got out of it anyways and agree on that point. But then again who buys a mac for the sole purpose of gaming. Guess you can say I'm one of those millions that doesn't.
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#17
kid41212003
The main question here is, why would you need such a huge display? When:

-You can't do gaming,
-There are cheaper solutions for watching h-def movies, or you could just plug your hdtv to your Mac laptop.

I guess you want to surf webs in high resolution, and read texts in h-def. I meant no offends, the monitor is truly nice, but that didn't give me enough reason to spend that much.

Beside, do iMac even have a blu-ray drive?
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#18
Woody112
by: kid41212003
The main question here is, why would you need such a huge display? When:

-You can't do gaming,
-There are cheaper solutions for watching h-def movies, or you could just plug your hdtv to your Mac laptop.

I guess you want to surf webs in high resolution, and read texts in h-def. I meant no offends, the monitor is truly nice, but that didn't give me enough reason to spend that much.

Beside, do iMac even have a blu-ray drive?
Well I for one use my MBP as my DVD library and works like a champ with front row, just do what you said and plug it into the TV. We all know their are cheaper solutions for watching HD movies. I don't buy a mac for the horsepower nor do a lot of other people.
Speaking for myself here I enjoy getting 5+ hours of battery life and have the option for more power when I want it, I enjoy the slim aluminum stream line design of mac's, the great customer support when I want it, and the usability of OSX over windows. I could by a pc that has a quad core and a gtx 285 stuffed in it running hot as hell with only an hour of battery life but choose not to. I could buy a Roush Mustang that would smoke my BMW but don't. It all come down to personal pref is all not everyone buys a computer or builds one with gaming ability being first on the list. Granite this is TPU so gaming being number one is kind of expected. LOL
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#19
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
I'd rather have magnesium alloy over aluminium (20 times stronger), have performance with exceptional battery life (12-cell Lithium Ion battery), and make a few phone calls to get a new battery instead of taking/sending it back to Apple and paying at least $179 for it.


@[USER=55555]kid41212003[/USER]: It has an 8x DVD+/-RW drive. No HD videos for you (at least not on a disk). :(
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Woody112
by: FordGT90Concept
I'd rather have magnesium alloy over aluminium (20 times stronger), have performance with exceptional battery life (12-cell Lithium Ion battery), and make a few phone calls to get a new battery instead of taking/sending it back to Apple and paying at least $179 for it.
Magnesium alloy would be nice but aluminum is still better than plastic. I got lucky when I bought my MBP, has the removable battery:D I don't really like the whole integrated battery design myself on the newest one's.

You can play BD on these. External bd rom drive, vmware. Only reason they don't come with is because theirs no software to support blue ray at the moment, if ever. lol
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#21
Papahyooie
Im gonna go with the gamers on this one... why in the world would you want/need that resolution for text and web? Videos, sure itd be nice, but there are much cheaper (and imo better looking) solutions for that. I will admit for editing, whether it be music, video, or photo, mac is probably the best, but ive never seen one of these all in one pc's in any professional setting. Towers with expandability are paramount, especially in the music industry.
As for looks, meh, Ive never liked macs looks. Underpowered, overpriced... the only thing it has going for it is this fabled "usability" they keep touting. Honestly, if you cant figure out windows, theres no hope for you in the computer world anyway, and you sure as hell won't figure out a mac, especially once you realize that you have to jump through hoops (albiet far less of them than a few years ago) to interact with your peers who have PC's. If Macs were priced right, i'd jump all over something like this, but the value just isnt there. I cant see how anyone would want the BMW over the Rouch Mustang (no offense to you personally, woody you just had a good metaphor, that I happen to not agree with lol) The mustang is easily modifiable, easy to get parts for, faster, and stronger. The only thing the BMW has on it is its quieter and more expensive. Quite a good metaphor really.
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#22
Woody112
by: Papahyooie
Im gonna go with the gamers on this one... why in the world would you want/need that resolution for text and web? Videos, sure itd be nice, but there are much cheaper (and imo better looking) solutions for that. I will admit for editing, whether it be music, video, or photo, mac is probably the best, but ive never seen one of these all in one pc's in any professional setting. Towers with expandability are paramount, especially in the music industry.
As for looks, meh, Ive never liked macs looks. Underpowered, overpriced... the only thing it has going for it is this fabled "usability" they keep touting. Honestly, if you cant figure out windows, theres no hope for you in the computer world anyway, and you sure as hell won't figure out a mac, especially once you realize that you have to jump through hoops (albiet far less of them than a few years ago) to interact with your peers who have PC's. If Macs were priced right, i'd jump all over something like this, but the value just isnt there. I cant see how anyone would want the BMW over the Rouch Mustang (no offense to you personally, woody you just had a good metaphor, that I happen to not agree with lol) The mustang is easily modifiable, easy to get parts for, faster, and stronger. The only thing the BMW has on it is its quieter and more expensive. Quite a good metaphor really.
I had a 03 roush and an 89 GT hatch back and yes they are easily modifiable, I know. I miss em both but love the BMW it's an 09 M3 coupe all the creature comforts and 400+ horses. Fun car/sexy but good point on cost of ownership:eek:
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#23
PP Mguire
e92 > Mustang (And i love Mustangs....but i love M3s more)

I wont even begin on the Apple flame thread lol
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#24
gumpty
Yawn. With PC makers beginning to spit out all-in-one PCs at lower prices, I'll be buying one of them instead (unless I suddenly become very rich - come on EuroMillions!).


That Magic Mouse is pretty sweet though. Can't wait for that tech to come to PC - especially with multi-touch support in Win 7.
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#25
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Buttons > Motion Sensing

There's no guess work with buttons and feedback is instantaneous.. Motion sensing has a large processing overhead which leads to delayed responses and even more annoying, incorrect interpretations of the motions. The only reason why it exists is because Apple refuses to put holes in their products, no matter how useful or necessary (e.g. vents on laptops, standard display connectors, etc.). My estimate is that it will be as unsuccessful as the "Mighty Mouse."
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