new iMac with Thunderbolt and quad-core i5/i7 (mid 2011)

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new iMac with Thunderbolt and quad-core i5/i7 (mid 2011)

Postby Antony » Tue 03 May, 2011 11:26 am

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

The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option for customers to choose Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz. These next generation processors feature an integrated memory controller for an amazingly responsive experience and a powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD (6750M, 6770M, or 6970M) graphics processors, the new iMac has the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop.

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iMac is the first desktop computer on the market to include groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion. Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on an all-in-one computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices, and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Thunderbolt is freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices.

iMac includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera and Apple’s innovative FaceTime software for crisp, widescreen video calling the whole family can enjoy. The new camera supports high definition video calls between all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls with iPad 2, iPhone 4, the current generation iPod touch and other Intel-based Macs. The iMac continues to feature its signature aluminium and glass design, gorgeous IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, SD card slot and comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available in two configurations:
a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US) or A$1,399 (AUD);
a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US) or A$1,698 (AUD).
(configurable to 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)

The new 27-inch iMac is available in two models:
a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US) or A$1,949 (AUD);
a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US) or A$2,299 (AUD).
(configurable to 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)

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Re: new iMac with Thunderbolt and quad-core i5/i7 (mid 2011)

Postby Antony » Tue 03 May, 2011 11:31 am

Good to see that they now have Thunderbolt in the iMac, and the prices are cheaper than previous generation.
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Re: new iMac with Thunderbolt and quad-core i5/i7 (mid 2011)

Postby James » Tue 03 May, 2011 11:37 am

Simply too expensive for me, Antony. I will admit... they're beautifully made. There's no question but that Apple produce cool devices and I suppose a part of that "coolness" is the high price tag. But I think that a lot of people are going for cheaper tablets and even smart phones to do their communicating today. Tying yourself down to a box that is considerably over a thousand dollars in this depressed economy (unless you are rolling in money) seems a bit odd to me. I'd rather put my extra dollars into trips to Hawaii than into a box that will be "old" in a couple of years. Just my two cents.
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Re: new iMac with Thunderbolt and quad-core i5/i7 (mid 2011)

Postby Antony » Tue 03 May, 2011 12:03 pm

You have good points James.

Except if the economy is depressing, and between a computer and a trip, I would put my money into a computer rather than a trip. (As computer can help generating income.)
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