Apple has updated its signature all-in-one iMac with next-generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera.
The new iMac is up to 70% faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.
“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we've made the world’s best desktop even better.”
The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option for customers to choose Core i7 processors up to 3,4GHz. These next generation processors feature an integrated memory controller for an amazingly responsive experience and a powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, the new iMac has the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop.
iMac is the first desktop computer on the market to include Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21,5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion.
Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability on an all-in-one computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices, and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.
iMac includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera and Apple’s FaceTime software for crisp, widescreen video calling the whole family can enjoy. The new camera supports high definition video calls between all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls with iPad 2, iPhone 4, the current generation iPod touch and other Intel-based Macs. The iMac continues to feature its signature aluminium and glass design, gorgeous IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, SD card slot and comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.
The PCs come with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife, Apple’s suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music.