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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srprimeaux said,
The graphics update is very tempting. I might have to begin appraising my current iMac for ebay.

I'm definitely going to upgrade in this coming year but will think about the upgrade plan Apple have as if they're refreshing again in 6 months I'd buy then. I only got my iMac in December!

maybe we should start publishing when other OEM's make hardware refreshes?... Apple defiantly has a way to make major news out of something so small such as updating hardware... I know people are going to flip about this comment, but seriously, we never hear "HP releases new desktop line!" or "Dell puts out new server line!"... Apple defiantly knows how to build hype over something like this by taking down their store, where others just put out the new item and no ordeal over it

neufuse said,
maybe we should start publishing when other OEM's make hardware refreshes?... Apple defiantly has a way to make major news out of something so small such as updating hardware... I know people are going to flip about this comment, but seriously, we never hear "HP releases new desktop line!" or "Dell puts out new server line!"... Apple defiantly knows how to build hype over something like this by taking down their store, where others just put out the new item and no ordeal over it

... not only do we get too many apple hardware updates, but when other companies revel actual new products with brand new features we sometimes don't hear a thing.

Ci7 said,
HD6970M entry level? , that is highended stuff

6950m for entry level basic - still a very good card. Now wish I had waited til this revision to get mine! hey ho!

I'm waiting till the end of this year/beginning of next when the iMac and MacBook Pro are updated again so it'll have Lion pre-installed I'm not a mega gamer but it would be awesome playing Civilization V on a massive 27inch screen

designgears said,
woohoo, yesterdays cpu's today for a premium! I'll stick with a hackitosh and not pay 2x over retail.

Hardly yesterday's CPUs when these feature Sandy Bridge processors which were just released earlier this year.

I've been waiting for the refresh to make the jump to a Mac, so now's the time for me

metal_dragen said,

Hardly yesterday's CPUs when these feature Sandy Bridge processors which were just released earlier this year.

Not only that, but since Intel halted shipments of the chipset for a while, it would have been difficult for Apple to actually produce systems with those chips much sooner than now anyway.

Wow... it's almost as good as mine... but more than two times the price
Why would I pay that much? To see a bitten fruit on the back (which is positioned against the wall)?

InfiniteLuke said,
Wow... it's almost as good as mine... but more than two times the price
Why would I pay that much? To see a bitten fruit on the back (which is positioned against the wall)?

Hey! It has the bitten fruit up front too
And you get the most beautifully designed case I've ever seen and a wonderful new experience in Mac OS X. Great stuff actually.

InfiniteLuke said,
Wow... it's almost as good as mine... but more than two times the price
Why would I pay that much? To see a bitten fruit on the back (which is positioned against the wall)?

The age old question, and if you don't know the answer, it's not worth the discussion. Stop trolling this thread with a statement that has been spoken/typed/spat millions of times on forums around the internet.

I used to be like you. Got an iMac 27 inch last December, and realised I was a closed minded moron. I still use Windows PC's and MacOS now and I have a good open minded view of computing. Anyone saying Windows or Mac systems are crap or a waste of money clearly knows very little about what a good system is.

InfiniteLuke said,
Wow... it's almost as good as mine... but more than two times the price
Why would I pay that much? To see a bitten fruit on the back (which is positioned against the wall)?

You've got a 27 inch all in one, with better specs and at half the price?! Link please...

/s

DomZ said,

You've got a 27 inch all in one, with better specs and at half the price?! Link please...

/s


Yes, I'm especially interested in how he got the IPS display for such a good price.

InfiniteLuke said,
Wow... it's almost as good as mine... but more than two times the price
Why would I pay that much? To see a bitten fruit on the back (which is positioned against the wall)?

Do you have a IPS display ? Probably not ...

Northgrove said,

Yes, I'm especially interested in how he got the IPS display for such a good price.

Apple finally stopped putting crappy 6bit TN screens in their iMacs? Maybe some people started to suspect something... Good for them.
BTW.
Dell 22" IPS display is $230
21.5" iMac starts at $1200

Dell 27" IPS display is $950
27" iMac starts at $1700

WTF?
They still don't support 5.1 sound.
RAM is 4Gb on all models.
Only the most expensive model has GPU with more than 512Mb.
Still comes with horrible notebook-style keyboard (bad arrows, no del etc)

Article without balance (citing anly good points) = advetrisment.

RealFduch said,
WTF?
They still don't support 5.1 sound.
RAM is 4Gb on all models.
Only the most expensive model has GPU with more than 512Mb.
Still comes with horrible notebook-style keyboard (bad arrows, no del etc)

Article without balance (citing anly good points) = advetrisment.

It the writer's defense, it doesnt cite good or bad points, pretty much just the specs.

There are actually options to upgrade certain aspects of all of them, if you go to purchase one. I wouldn't pay their prices for HDs and RAM though, I'd just buy it separately from elsewhere.

RealFduch said,
WTF?
They still don't support 5.1 sound.
RAM is 4Gb on all models.
Only the most expensive model has GPU with more than 512Mb.
Still comes with horrible notebook-style keyboard (bad arrows, no del etc)

Article without balance (citing anly good points) = advetrisment.


Optical output has been a part of the iMac line for 7 years now.

RealFduch said,
They still don't support 5.1 sound.
All apple computers for a while now have had SPDIF out, which means they all support 5.1 without the need for a bunch of analogue jacks..

You can configure with full size keyboard free of charge !

before WTF'ing and criticizing articles DO your own search.

RealFduch said,
WTF?
They still don't support 5.1 sound.
RAM is 4Gb on all models.
Only the most expensive model has GPU with more than 512Mb.
Still comes with horrible notebook-style keyboard (bad arrows, no del etc)

Article without balance (citing anly good points) = advetrisment.

IPS display ?

I thought those was dead. When i bought my new monitor i could not find anything else than bad TN display.

LaP said,
IPS display ?

I thought those was dead. When i bought my new monitor i could not find anything else than bad TN display.

Seriously? Put the two together and you will see a notable difference.

LaP said,
IPS display ?

I thought those was dead. When i bought my new monitor i could not find anything else than bad TN display.

Apple only uses IPS as far as I know.. Dell UltraSharps are also IPS.. Just look for the most expensive ones and you'll find the IPS displays lol

LaP said,
IPS display ?

I thought those was dead. When i bought my new monitor i could not find anything else than bad TN display.

It all depends on your budget, the premium for an IPS is usually pretty big

Ryoken said,
Apple only uses IPS as far as I know.. Dell UltraSharps are also IPS.. Just look for the most expensive ones and you'll find the IPS displays lol

Apple is not the only company using IPS panels... Most companies that sell displays has some with IPS panels. Also yes, they are more expensive than a TN but TN panels are crap and shouldn't even be worth half of what they cost.

Rudy said,
It all depends on your budget, the premium for an IPS is usually pretty big

Well worth it. Doesn't have to be that big either, look at displays with e-IPS panels.

Twisp said,

Apple is not the only company using IPS panels... Most companies that sell displays has some with IPS panels. Also yes, they are more expensive than a TN but TN panels are crap and shouldn't even be worth half of what they cost.

Well worth it. Doesn't have to be that big either, look at displays with e-IPS panels.

I am more interested in knowing what "millions of colors" means. I am inclined to believing that it's done with dithering.

I need a display which does at least 16.7 million colors, like any other premium display does. The new LED-backlit LCD Cinema Display is a 16.7 million color display.

If the display is what you're interested in, go for the Cinema Display.

The iMac, as a whole, looks like a good package for the processing power.

Jebadiah said,
I am more interested in knowing what "millions of colors" means. I am inclined to believing that it's done with dithering.

I need a display which does at least 16.7 million colors, like any other premium display does. The new LED-backlit LCD Cinema Display is a 16.7 million color display.

If the display is what you're interested in, go for the Cinema Display.

The iMac, as a whole, looks like a good package for the processing power.

Just pick any 8bit display and you're good... CD is way overpriced and looks nice, just like eveything else Apple makes.

You know, if I had £2000 to blow, I'd probably get me one of these and a copy of Windows 7 to dual boot. Specs on these are pretty tasty, and considering you can have 8GB of DDR3 1333Mhz RAM -and- a 6970 in there, the £1800 it'd set me back isn't actually that bad.

Oh well, one day I'll be rich and get one

Wondering if I should buy one.... if the price for the SSD upgrade was cheaper I would but I might skip this revision....

No thanks. I highly doubt I would ever get another one after all the problems my 24" had.
I'd possibly consider a touch screen one though, but still doubtful.

I had a lot of issues with the 24-inch iMac as well (2007 and 2008 models). My 2010 27-inch iMac works like a dream though.

.Neo said,
I had a lot of issues with the 24-inch iMac as well (2007 and 2008 models). My 2010 27-inch iMac works like a dream though.

What exactly was the problem? I guess I'm lucky in that I got the 20inch 2008 model with the 2600HD with no problems.

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PsYcHoKiLLa said,
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Oh my, something innovative! I must have it; price be damned!

Mr.ed said,
The all in one concept always intrigues me... the do look rather good.

I have the generation that was current up until today (same form factor) and it is absolutely beautiful. Can't believe what a great job they did on the design of these. If you get one, you will enjoy it for sure.

reactionary007 said,

I have the generation that was current up until today (same form factor) and it is absolutely beautiful. Can't believe what a great job they did on the design of these. If you get one, you will enjoy it for sure.

The do look nice. How about thermal design? Do they feel hot to the touch? Also, do the internal fans make a noticeable sound? Are they heavy?

Hmmm, maybe its time to go to my nearest Apple dealer and try one out.

Mr.Ed

Jenson said,
Wow 6970M, quite a powerhouse.

And the cheaper one has the 6950M, which is *nearly* as good as the 6970M. Could get one. Can use an educational discount too.

Dessimat0r said,

It is indeed -- makes the iMac quite a competitor for gaming

Just need to be cheaper and have more developers supporting the OS. Hopefully Steam will encourage that.

Dessimat0r said,

It is indeed -- makes the iMac quite a competitor for gaming


And it sure needs it because it runs such a high native resolution.

It's unfortunate that the 21" model doesn't offer that graphics card as a BTO variant... A 1920x1080 display would have a far easier time driving those pixels with that graphics card.

Edit: Btw, the article has a typo. I was commenting on the actual specs.

21" / 2.5 GHz / Radeon HD 6750M
21" / 2.7 GHz / Radeon HD 6770M
27" / 2.7 GHz / Radeon HD 6770M
27" / 3.1 GHz / Radeon HD 6970M

Edited by Northgrove, May 3 2011, 3:17pm :

Jenson said,
Wow 6970M, quite a powerhouse.

Yea except it's basically worse than a 6850 since it has the same amount of stream procs and is clocked lower. Misleading customers ftw!