Apple updates iMac to Haswell processors

Apple has announced through their site that the iMac has been refreshed with updates such as Intel's latest "Haswell" processors and better graphics, Wi-Fi and storage options.

Intel launched its fourth generation Core processors, code named Haswell back in June. Apple has now updated their 2013 iMac lineup to include these high-performance processors. The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics while the high-end 21.5-inch and 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics.

Video memory has been doubled from the previous generations and is expected to give a significant performance boost. Customizations offered by Apple include Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB video memory. Apple hasn't specified the exact models of the Core processors used in the refreshed lineup.

8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive have been made standard across all iMacs and can be customized up to 32GB of memory and 3TB hard drive as per requirement. Hard drives now utilize PCIe-based flash storage which is claimed to deliver very high performance as compared to earlier iMacs. iMac now supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard which gives up to three times better wireless performance. For connectivity purposes, the iMac comes with 2 Thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports which seems to be unchanged from the previous generation.

The new iMacs are available at the Apple Store starting today.

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I've had my iMac for nearly 5 years now and I've got no intention of upgrading it or replacing it any time soon. People will point out the cost, but it goes a long way. It really does.

foxconn mother board $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16813186235

4th gen intel core i5 3.2ghz processor 199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896

2x4gb ram 82
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16820211769

cooler master case with built in power supply $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...8keywords%29#scrollFullInfo

asus moniter with built in speakers $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/....aspx?Item=N82E16824236100R

logitech keyboard and mouse $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097

mac osx mountain lion $20


grand total. $574

Apple's asking price: $1300

Even with Windows based computers, it will be cheaper to build it yourself.

Also, that OS X price is an upgrade edition. They do not sell full licenses, so it would probably be the same as Windows would be.

You also need to factor in the quality display. Matching the response time, IPS or not, ...

And quality build, especially for AIO computers where it will cost more to produce which in turn costs more to buy.

And the inclusion of iLife

omgben said,
Sorry, you can't build an iMac for $643 USD....

Yes you can, Apple prides itself on over 50% margin.. Those prices listed above are retail from Newegg, any OEM can get prices cheaper and especially in bulk.

seta-san said,
foxconn mother board $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16813186235

4th gen intel core i5 3.2ghz processor 199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896

2x4gb ram 82
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16820211769

cooler master case with built in power supply $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...8keywords%29#scrollFullInfo

asus moniter with built in speakers $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/....aspx?Item=N82E16824236100R

logitech keyboard and mouse $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097

mac osx mountain lion $20


grand total. $574

Apple's asking price: $1300

Could you have picked a shittier monitor? iMacs come with amazing monitors and that makes up for some of the cost. The rest is design to make an AIO setup that small that works.

As for me, I don't like these AIO desktops because I expect a monitor to last me at least a couple upgrades.

My 2012 iMac will be up on Craigslist on Thursday. I also have a co-worker offering $1600 for it. I ordered the 27inch, i7, 256GB SSD, and topped it off with the GTX 780. Ordered 32GB's of RAM from Amazon also. Hopefully it will be here early next week.

neonspark said,
No apps. OSX maked windows 8 look well stocked in comparison. The mac is history. Apple should focus on ios
Same comment said every year. It's almost as bad as the year of the Linux comments.

They have some great details on the Mac Pro, but no word yet on pricing. It's just marked for "later this year". I wouldn't expect it to be cheap though lol.

virtorio said,
There is also some serious questions over it's upgradability, and style over function for its thermal design.

You're right, I didn't even think about that.

Sure, it's called growing up and learning to skim over things you don't want to read. I do it much the same with comments like yours.

vcfan said,
why? it's going to be fun reading those RSS feeds when they finally crash and burn.

Like with the 9 million iPhones sold already? Yep, that sure is crashing and burning...

I know Engadget has a exclude link. I was only wondering if Neowin does as well. I don't want to subscribe to each section, just to filter out Apple. No need to get all offended.

Ah don't mind them. They get all giggly inside when you even mention Apple or say anything "bad" about it so they feel the need to defend it's honor with their life, and they are the ones who are saying "Grow up".

Either add all links separate (http://www.neowin.net/news/tags/xxxx) and leave out tags/Apple or find it in your RSS settings. Haven't played out with RSS for a long time now so might be different but that's what I could come up with right now.

I wasn't talking about just you He asked a simple question how to exclude some news from his RSS feed and a swarm came in attacking him because of it. So what I don't want to see Apple news on my RSS, that makes me a bad person now? Meh.

Let's not pretend there aren't any cheeky fellows who post here from time to time, posting "This is news?!" or "I thought this was neoWIN". We get enough of these posts daily, not sure why it'd surprise you that members here would be sick of it by now.

What that has to do with Apple loyalty is beyond me.

vcfan said,
why? it's going to be fun reading those RSS feeds when they finally crash and burn.

I simply can't understand this sort of blinkered mentality when it comes to technology. Every big tech company, regardless of your feelings towards them, does something interesting.. makes some killer product... or has some killer feature in their line-up. Being so bias and focussed on one single company like Microsoft must be insanely dull.

Chicane-UK said,
Being so bias and focussed on one single company like Microsoft must be insanely dull.

Probably not if you have a financial incentive...

Chicane-UK said,

Being so bias and focussed on one single company like Microsoft must be insanely dull.

It's highly entertaining to me because the people who are focused on a single company are more interested in talking about products being released by their main competitor. When you look at the article on Neowin announcing the new iPhone it got close to 250 comments. The article announcing the new Surface 2 got like around 20 comments.

whats the difference in the flash storage? or in the fusion drives? what were they using before and why is this new set better? can someone help me out here

Mr. Dee said,
I was trying to find out whats the status, I am hearing its PCIe based, which makes it even more faster.

Yep.. If its the same flash as in the Macbook Air then it absolutely flies. The 512GB SSD in that reads at 730MB/sec and writes at 710MB/sec.. Its insanely fast.

No new Mac mini? I plan to eventually replace my ageing late '09 Mac mini with another one but wanna wait till the next refresh. I'm not interested in the iMac as I already have a screen, keyboard and mouse to use with it.

Mr.XXIV said,
I have the latest one, I must say, it's extremely satisfying. I don't think a refresh is THAT needed.

I want it more for the updated Intel HD graphics. I don't plan to game or anything on it (it will do light multimedia duties) but since I know there is a significant boost in performance with the Haswell HD graphics I want to wait for it (plus I didn't wait with my Ultrabook and got an Ivy Bridge one and was little disappointed with the HD graphics - the rest of the machine is great).

I totally get you, I attempted to play NFS Most Wanted, and it's not great for gaming, just for running as a server or doing media mostly. I upgraded the little buddy to 16GB of RAM and run an SSD as the primary drive and now it's a monster..just not for gaming..still. I'm planning on getting the next Mac Mini to run as a dedicated server for the Haswell, instead of using Virtual Box (Ubuntu Server) as I do now.

Interesting, for all the crud that Apple have been pumping into their mobile lineup the iMac range looks pretty decent (pricing aside), hardware specs are fairly nice.

Only thing I have to wonder is what sort of consumer needs all that power? I can understand some professionals using the beef they've put into the lineup but is your average Joe home user really going to 8GB RAM? 1TB HDD maybe.

Still, good hardware for keeping everything running smoothly. Windows OEM's have still not caught on. 2013 line up for the big 5 contain the same **** they have for the last 10 years. One or two "feature" machines, but they still come with cost cutting measures that severely cripple the experience.

Auzeras said,
Interesting, for all the crud that Apple have been pumping into their mobile lineup the iMac range looks pretty decent (pricing aside), hardware specs are fairly nice.

Only thing I have to wonder is what sort of consumer needs all that power? I can understand some professionals using the beef they've put into the lineup but is your average Joe home user really going to 8GB RAM? 1TB HDD maybe.

Still, good hardware for keeping everything running smoothly. Windows OEM's have still not caught on. 2013 line up for the big 5 contain the same **** they have for the last 10 years. One or two "feature" machines, but they still come with cost cutting measures that severely cripple the experience.

RAM is so cheap you might as well throw as much as you can at the customer because to reduce it down to 4GB would probably only save the customer (assuming Apple passed on the full savings) of around $15. As for the video card, given that it is driving a large screen and more of OS X is being powered by the GPU in terms of the the user interface elements (plus the increased use of OpenCL) means that a good GPU is a must. Personally it is great value for money and the longevity will definitely be there for someone who wants to get at least 3-4 years out of their machine before having to upgrade it.

When I compare the Dell One AIO I recently had to install Office on for a colleague. Came with a Intel Pentium type processor (not even an 'i' series), integrated graphics, 4 GBs of RAM, 500 GB hard disk, 20 inch screen. Windows 8 64 bit, the system was blazing fast booting up, Word 2010 launched on it like any SSD.

What I am saying is, I can't even imagine how fast one of the iMacs must be. This is my next desktop.

Yeah, you really don't need all that high end processor for a more basic user, but honestly, for the price, if I'm gonna drop that much money on an AIO computer, it's going to have graphics. This isn't a traditional desktop that I can easily upgrade after all, so I can't imagine having all that power only to not be able to play games.

The iMac certainly looks beautiful but I just priced a 21.5" model up and it is pretty damn expensive. I guess you are paying a lot for having all that power in that form factor. Are they still user upgradeable or is everything soldered onto the board now? (RAM and HDD)?

InTheSwiss said,
The iMac certainly looks beautiful but I just priced a 21.5" model up and it is pretty damn expensive. I guess you are paying a lot for having all that power in that form factor. Are they still user upgradeable or is everything soldered onto the board now? (RAM and HDD)?

The 21.5" has had soldered on ram since the 2012 version was released but the 27" has user upgradable memory. The storage itself has never been user upgradeable but there is always the option of a Drobo like device hooked up to the thunderbolt port if you need a tonne of storage with redundancy.

ZipZapRap said,
Not any more! For at least a year. It's expensive and getting even more expensive.

I don't know who you buy your memory through but SODIMM DDR3 for an 8GB stick will set you back US$119 (converted it from my local currency so it includes GST).