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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:40

Apple launches faster iMacs with 802.11ac WiFi, Pro graphics, improved Flash

 

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Apple has launched an updated line of iMacs with faster processors, improved graphics, faster 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, and improved Flash storage. The new iMacs are now available from Apple’s online store.

“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 new iMacs, like the MacBook Airs that launched in June, include Intel Haswell processors. However, the iMac’s chips are all quad-core across the board, for both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch configurations:

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 4GB of video memory.

The new iMacs also include improvements to flash storage and the Fusion Drive:

 

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 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB. iMac comes standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, and customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and up to a 3TB hard drive. iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.

Source: 9to5Mac




#2 Growled

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 15:41

To me it's over priced for what I'd get. Nice to see them upgrade, though.



#3 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 15:44

To me it's over priced for what I'd get. Nice to see them upgrade, though.

That's hard to say since there really isn't anything else out there in that form-factor to compare it to.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 15:47

Entry level iMac and just Intel Iris graphics?

 

My 2 year old entry level iMac had Radeon HD6750M.

 

Clearly it's high pricing.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 15:57

Entry level iMac and just Intel Iris graphics?

 

My 2 year old entry level iMac had Radeon HD6750M.

 

Clearly it's high pricing.

 

the intel iris pro beats the pants off a 6750M.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 17:13

^^ Source please

 

HD6750 is 2.5 year old tech.



#7 seta-san

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:00

foxconn mother board  $69
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813186235

processor 199
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116896

2x4gb ram  82
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211769

cooler master case with built in power supply $80
http://www.newegg.co...#scrollFullInfo

asus moniter with built in speakers $104
http://www.newegg.co...82E16824236100R

logitech keyboard and mouse  $20
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823126097

1TB WD HDD $69
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822236339

mac osx mountain lion $20


grand total.  $643

Apple's Asking price $1300



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:05

foxconn mother board  $69
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813186235

processor 199
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116896

ram  82
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820211769

cooler master case with built in power supply $80
http://www.newegg.co...#scrollFullInfo

asus moniter with built in speakers $104
http://www.newegg.co...82E16824236100R

logitech keyboard and mouse  $20
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823126097

1TB WD HDD $69
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822236339

mac osx mountain lion $20


grand total.  $643

Apple's Asking price $1300

 

At least compare like for like.. factor in the form factor, build quality and display..



#9 OP +Frank B.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:06

At least compare like for like.. factor in the form factor, build quality and display..

But that'd ruin his point...



#10 alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:07

the intel iris pro beats the pants off a 6750M.

 

You're joking right? They are not even the same class graphics. IGP with DDR3 and mobile with dedicated GDDR5.



#11 seta-san

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:07

At least compare like for like.. factor in the form factor, build quality and display..

same size and resolution moniter.

 

There is no way for me to directly compare the all-in-one form factor. i tried to take build quality in to consideration. i never chose the lowest price item unless i felt it was the best comparable item. for example i chose the foxconn for the motherboard. but spec for spec... apple's taking you for a ride on your dime.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:14

same size and resolution moniter.

 

There is no way for me to directly compare the all-in-one form factor. i tried to take build quality in to consideration. i never chose the lowest price item unless i felt it was the best comparable item. for example i chose the foxconn for the motherboard. but spec for spec... apple's taking you for a ride on your dime.

:rofl: You guys make me laugh. The iMac is not some cheap computer that was slapped together and then had a high price tag thrown on. It's a premium device made of premium materials. Does Apple put a mark up on the price? of course! but so do every other company, if they sold it for what it cost them that wouldn't be good business now would it? then there is the fact your getting the best customer service from any company on the planet, yeah Apple sure are ripping you off  :rolleyes:

 

EDIT: If another company can built an AiO that is to the same high standard, build quality, thinness and equally as powerful as an iMac and yet is considerably cheaper (and that company doesn't go bankrupt trying to sell it) THEN I'll believe an iMac is over priced.



#13 seta-san

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:22

:rofl: You guys make me laugh. The iMac is not some cheap computer that was slapped together and then had a high price tag thrown on. It's a premium device made of premium materials. Does Apple put a mark up on the price? of course! but so do every other company, if they sold it for what it cost them that wouldn't be good business would it? then there is the fact your getting the best customer service from any company on the planet, yeah Apple sure are ripping you off  :rolleyes:

 

that's funny. i've never had a good experience from their customer service. the last time they tried to tell me that ipod shuffle had water damage despite the fact it was working one night, was left in my pocket after i went to bed and the very next day it just simply decided to not charge any more. They tried to claim water damage by claiming that it looked pink at the bottom of the headphone jack which it clearly wasn't. also, you have to buy applecare to get the level of customer service you're claiming.

 

P.S. you don't think that newegg doesn't have their own mark up on the items? of course they do. it wouldn't be as embarrasingly expensive it were marked up $50 over parts that you can get at newegg.. but they go for double. Apple's a common brand that's packaged like it's premium and if anyone has half a brain they would know that. they didn't ever have anything special other than a CEO who could spin the most mundane feature into something that seems critically awesome.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:31

You're joking right? They are not even the same class graphics. IGP with DDR3 and mobile with dedicated GDDR5.


He will blindly state some points. When asked to show source for his points, he won't reply.

#15 Xerxes

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:36

that's funny. i've never had a good experience from their customer service. the last time they tried to tell me that ipod shuffle had water damage despite the fact it was working one night, was left in my pocket after i went to bed and the very next day it just simply decided to not charge any more. They tried to claim water damage by claiming that it looked pink at the bottom of the headphone jack which it clearly wasn't. also, you have to buy applecare to get the level of customer service you're claiming.

 

P.S. you don't think that newegg doesn't have their own market on the items? of course they do. it wouldn't be as embarrasingly expensive it were marked up $50 over parts that you can get at newegg.. but they go for double. Apple's a common brand that's packaged like it's premium and if anyone has half a brain they would know that. they didn't ever have anything special other than a CEO who could spin the most mundane feature into something that seems critically awesome.

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, it happens to us all unfortunately. However, based on customer satisfaction polls Apple still has the highest level of satisfied customers, so while it is regrettable they treated you badly as a whole they are still better then most. I'm pretty sure you get AppleCare level of customer service for the first year and then have to pay to extend it beyond that year (which is pretty standard practise) but maybe I am wrong? I bought my Mac mini in '09 so can't remember if that was the case or not. 

 

Building a PC from scratch will always be cheaper, while in Australia we don't have "newegg" but we do have access to similar stores that offer quality parts for low cost. However, that isn't the point as you can under price virtual any OEM PC going the custom route. The point is most OEM PCs that are equal (in terms of power) but much cheaper in price tend to be of questionable build quality and the PCs that are of higher build quality tend to be as (or sometimes more) expensive then the Mac equivalent. Comparing same-for-same the Macs are not as expensive as most people think.





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