Tuesday, September 24th 2013

Apple Updates iMac

Apple today updated iMac with fourth generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. The updated iMac brings the latest technology to the stunningly thin design and gorgeous display of the world's leading all-in-one desktop.

"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. "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."

The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation. Customers looking for the ultimate in performance can upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4 GB of video memory.

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 updated iMac now features support for PCIe-based flash storage that makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50 percent 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 1 TB or 3 TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1 TB.

iMac comes standard with 8 GB of memory and a 1 TB hard drive, and customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32 GB of memory and up to a 3 TB hard drive. iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.

Continuing Apple's commitment to energy efficiency and the environment, iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating. iMac features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac includes PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and uses highly recyclable materials and material-efficient packaging designs.

iMac ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability
The new iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US). The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US). Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/imac.
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31 Comments on Apple Updates iMac

#1
Wile E
Power User
by: Fourstaff
An NUC + good IPS + 256Gb msata + etc is still going to set you back by $8-900, and hardly an ideal choice if you are setting up an entire office worth of them. Worth considering if you are going to set up for home use though.
That, and poeple looking at iMacs are typically looking for an AIO specifically. You can only really compare an AIO to other AIOs.
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Fourstaff
by: Wile E
That, and poeple looking at iMacs are typically looking for an AIO specifically. You can only really compare an AIO to other AIOs.
You can technically VESA mount the NUC behind the monitor to turn into an AIO.
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#3
Wile E
Power User
by: Fourstaff
You can technically VESA mount the NUC behind the monitor to turn into an AIO.
True. Less elegant, but viable.
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#4
Covert_Death
by: xvi
AFIK, it's in a somewhat thermally constrained case. Since Performance = Heat, it's only going to go so fast. Admittedly, I haven't done anything recently with my PC that would require hardware better than what's specced in this iMac and even for me, so I think this would be enough for most people. Certainly not enough for a good number of users here though.
its easy to move air with little fans and little noise if everything is in a tight compartment like the imac, seriously one 80mm fan could move enough air over everything in that case to have everything run at stock speeds.
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#5
remixedcat
Oh great the ifans are gonna think apple invented SSD/HDD hybrids and 802.11ac now...

*brace for impact*
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#6
Prima.Vera
iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance.
For a MAC that is... LOL Marcrapting at is finest.
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