Apple unveils revamped iMac lineup with Thunderbolt support and more

Apple on Tuesday quietly released a completely revamped line of iMacs. What used to be cause for a huge announcement now is merely relayed via a press release. That's not to say that Apple's new iMacs are anything to scoff at, but rather to illustrate that Apple now reserves its keynote presentations for its more compelling products like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple on Tuesday quietly released a completely revamped line of iMacs. What used to be cause for a huge announcement now is merely relayed via a press release. That's not to say that Apple's new iMacs are anything to scoff at, but rather to illustrate that Apple now reserves its keynote presentations for its more compelling products like the iPhone and iPad.

But the iMac needs love to, so let's take a look at the latest configurations from Apple.

As expected, Apple's new line of iMacs come quipped with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. Even more enticing is that the new iMacs also come with Thunderbolt support and new FaceTime HD cameras. Thunderbolt, of course, is Apple's unbelievably fast transfer technology capable of transferring data, both up and down, at 10Gbps.

“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” said Apple's Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. “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.”

All new iMacs now sport quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, though users are given the option to upgrade to a Core i7 processor at 3.4GHz if they so choose. Much like the speed boost from the iPad to the iPad 2, the new iMacs are lightning quick and significantly faster than previous models.

Apple notes that the new iMacs are not only 70% faster than the previous generation of iMacs, but that graphics performance has been improved three fold - thanks to an AMD Radeon HD graphics processor under the hood.

Though there had been rumors of new screen sizes for the iMac, that isn't the case. Users can opt for a 21.5-inch model or a 27-inch model. Notably, the smaller iMac model comes with one Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch flavor iMac comes with two. The base RAM configuration on both models is 4GB though that's expandable to 16GB.

Price wise, the base model 2.5 GHz 21.5-inch iMac checks in at $1199 with a 500GB hard drive. $300 more wil net you a 2.7 GHz 21.5-inch iMac with a whopping 1TB hard drive and a faster graphics processor.

The base model 27-inch iMac starts out at $1699, comes with a 2.7 GHz processor, and a 1TB hard drive. The step up is a 3.1 GHz iMac of the same size with, again, a faster graphics processor and the same 1TB hard drive. That setup will set you back $1999.

Interestingly, users ordering the new iMacs can choose to opt for Apple's Magic Trackpad instead of the Magic Mouse - all at no extra cost. This is the first time Apple has offered users such an option and perhaps indicates Apple's interest in getting as many Mac users comfortable with gestures as possible.

Lastly, it was recently discovered upon tearing down the new iMacs that they come withIntel's as of yet unreleased Z68 chipset, which is of note because of its support for SSD caching.

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