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.

Source: Apple | Image via Apple

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