Apple Updates iMac Lineup, Adds Core i3, Radeon HD 5000 Series

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Apple updated the world’s most popular all-in-one today, by adding speed bumps across the lineup as well as faster graphics cards from AMD/ATI. The new models start at $1,199 and rise all the way up to $1,999 without custom configurations.

It’s the first update to the iMac lineup since last fall, coming right on the heels of a striking redesign of the Mac Mini and rumors of a massive series of pending updates. As with the Mac Mini, Apple finally added an SD card slot to the new iMacs, right below the slot-loading optical drive. It’ll even read the new SDXC card format, allowing for even greater card storage densities in the coming years.

 

 Updated 21.5-inch Apple iMac Base Specifications:

  • Display: 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 LED-backlit display
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 CPU @ 3.06 GHz (dual-core, 4MB L3 cache)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333 MHz (max of 16GB)
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
  • Hard drive: 500GB SATA @ 7200 RPM
  • Optical drive: slot-loading 8x DVD+/-RW
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Ports: Mini DisplayPort-out, four USB2.0, one FireWire 800, one SDXC card slot
  • iSight video camera, built-in stereo speakers, microphone
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, wireless Magic Mouse

All that will run customers $1,199. For $300 more, Apple offers a 3.20 GHz processor bump, an ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB GDDR3 and a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive. Custom order options include up to a 3.6 GHz Core i5 dual-core CPU, a 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.

Updated 27-inch Apple iMac Base Specifications:

  • Display: 27-inch, 2560×1440 LED-backlit display
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 CPU @ 3.20 GHz (dual-core, 4MB L3 cache)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333 MHz (max of 16GB)
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB GDDR3 memory
  • Hard drive: 1TB SATA @ 7200 RPM
  • Optical drive: slot-loading 8x DVD+/-RW
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Ports: Mini DisplayPort-out, four USB2.0, one FireWire 800, one SDXC card slot
  • iSight video camera, built-in stereo speakers, microphone
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, wireless Magic Mouse

The 27-inch iMacs still start at $1,699 – there weren’t any real pricing changes this time around. Custom order options on the base model include moving up to a 3.6 GHz Core i5 CPU (still dual-core), 2TB hard drives, a 256GB solid state drive and up to 16GB of RAM.

For an additional $300, Apple offers a package of upgrades to the 27-inch model, the most notable of which includes a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU running at 2.8 GHz. There’s also an ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5. Upgrades via custom ordering on this model include moving up to a faster 2.93 GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU, 2TB hard drives or 256GB solid state drives and the same 16GB RAM (for an additional $1,000).

 

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