New Apple iMac Launched with Sandy Bridge Processors, Thunderbolt technology

Apple today announced the new updated iMac all-in-one computers, which come with the next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. The new iMacs boast of 70 percent faster and new graphics, with up to three times the performance of the previous generation.

“With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we’ve made the world’s best desktop even better. Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design. With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we’ve made the world’s best desktop even better” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The new iMac features Intel’s 2011 Sandy Bridge quad-core processors, new graphics and Thunderbolt connectivity. These next generation processors come with an integrated memory controller and powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, the new iMac has the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop.

Apple 21.5 inch iMac Specifications

  • 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Dimensions:528.3x450x188mm
  • Weight: 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg)
  • 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache(2.8GHz Core i7 optional)
  • 4GB (two 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (Configurable upto 16GB)
  • 500GB or 1TB hard drive (7200rpm)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
  • 1 x Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
  • Mini DisplayPort output with DVI, VGA, DVI support
  • 1 x FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Audio in/out
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • IR receiver

Apple 27 inch iMac Specification

  • 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with 2560×1440 resolution
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Dimensions: 650.2x518x207mm
  • Weight: 30.5 pounds (13.8 kg)
  • 2.7GHz or 3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache(3.4GHz Core i7 optional)
  • 4GB (two 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (Configurable upto 16GB)
  • 1TB hard drive (7200rpm) (2TB or 256GB solid state drive optional)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB or 1GB of GDDR5 memory (AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB GDDR5 optional)
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
  • 1 x Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
  • Mini DisplayPort output with DVI, VGA, DVI support
  • 1 x FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Audio in/out
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • IR receiver

Both versions of the iMac will be coming with Apple’s Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse along with softwares which includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, etc.

The 21.5-inch iMac will be available with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive which comes with a price tag of $1,199 and the 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive version at $1,499, while the 27-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for $1,699 and the 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive is priced at $1,999.

The new iMac does look tempting. So are you getting one home?

Venkatesh Atluri
Gadget freak, mad abt cars, share my b'day wid A R Rehman, no wonder i m mad abt music, DSLRgrapher, Blogger...
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