Apple announces new generation quad-core iMacs

As anticipated, the updated iMac's has brought the quad-core performance of the Sandy Bridge processors to the entire family. Four new SKUs have replaced the previous models, beginning with the $1,199 entry-level 2.7GHz 21-inch and all the way up to the flagship $1,999 27-inch iMac with a 3.4GHz processor.

Apple announced in a press statement:

Apple today updated its signature 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. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.

The full press release can be viewed here.

Pricing remains the same as previous models and include 4GB of RAM, IPS display technology for sharp image at wide viewing angles, an SD card slot supporting high-capacity SDXC memory cards, the wireless Apple Keyboard and Magic Mouse and more. Full specs are available here.

Specs run down:

  • 21.5-inch iMac: 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5;
  • 27-inch iMac: 2.7GHz or 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5;
  • LED Backlighting 21.5 inch (entry level) or 27 inch screen;
  • Entry level AMD Radeon HD 6950M or 6970M, with up to 2GB GDDR5 video memory;
  • Thunderbolt (2 ports in the 27-inch iMac).
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