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Apple on Tuesday refreshed its all-in-one desktop line of iMacs, bringing Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, along with ATI Radeon graphics.

Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750.

"We took the world's best all-in-one and made it even better," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac."

Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 bring the best performance yet to the iMac line, Apple said. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory.

New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. iMac displays feature IPS technology to deliver images across a wide 178 degree viewing angle.

The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards. Customers of the 27-inch iMac have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive. The iMac SSD supports up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates for faster startup and application launch times.



Last week AppleInsider first reported that the iMac would be the first Mac to have Intel's Core i3 processor, and that the refresh would span Intel's new Core i3, i5 and i7 line across the entire product lineup.

Over the weekend it was revealed that iMac inventory was also limited ahead of an anticipated refresh. That came after Apple warned its direct and indirect sales channels of near-term shortages of hardware.

The new iMac line is shipping now and available through the Apple Store, AppleÂs retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.Â*

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
iSight video camera;
Gigabit Ethernet;
four USB 2.0 ports;
one SDXC SD card slot;
one FireWire 800 port;
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 21.5-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
iSight video camera;
Gigabit Ethernet;
four USB 2.0 ports;
one FireWire 800 port;
one SDXC SD card slot;
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.



The new 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
iSight video camera;
Gigabit Ethernet;
four USB 2.0 ports;
one FireWire 800 port;
one SDXC SD card slot;
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
iSight video camera;
Gigabit Ethernet;
four USB 2.0 ports;
one FireWire 800 port;
one SDXC SD card slot;
built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.



Additional accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wired Apple Keyboard, wired Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork, Logic Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3.

AppleInsider's Mac Pricing Guide for resellers has been updated to reflect Apple's new iMac hardware, and is included below. As inventory becomes available, remaining sellers will be added and heftier discounts could be expected over the next 24-to-48 hours.

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No USB 3.0

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SDXC card slot
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RAM is now:

1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
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1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
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one of these might well be mine in a few months. what's opinions on the video cards? any good? i'm not knowledgeable about such things
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Wow, that's absolutely laughable, especially at the price. Well at least I don't to find the money for a new PC for another 6 months at least, or I'll just go back to Dell.
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No firewire 1600, 3200, no USB 3.0 no Blu-ray. WTF? Looks like computers are no longer Steve's priority. Only iPads and iPhones
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Wow, that's absolutely laughable, especially at the price. Well at least I don't to find the money for a new PC for another 6 months at least, or I'll just go back to Dell.

Yeah, I think you'll be happier with the dell, pretty sure of it in fact. Bye now.
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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post

No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Wow, that's absolutely laughable, especially at the price. Well at least I don't to find the money for a new PC for another 6 months at least, or I'll just go back to Dell.

I would not accept a Dell as a gift, much less pay money for one.
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No USB 3.0, No eSATA, not even an ATI 5770? I'll skip also this iteration, thanks.
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

This is a mid summer update... what woud you expect more?
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Browsing the Tom's Hardware graphics card guide for comparison sake:

4670 256 Couple of steps below the 3 year old 8800GT 512
5670 512 Equal to the 3 year old 8800GT 512
5750 1GB Couple of steps above the 3 year old 8800GT 512


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...tx,2676-7.html


Glad the iMacs have better video, I just wish they were all actually better than what I've been running for 2 1/2 years at home now. I wouldn't mind an upgrade and platform switch at the same time.
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No firewire 1600, 3200, no USB 3.0 no Blu-ray. WTF? Looks like computers are no longer Steve's priority. Only iPads and iPhones

Was not that obvious since... long ago? However I think the iMac is still a solid computer. And if I am not mistaken, this is the first time a mainstream Apple computer gets 1 GB of memory for graphics (27" model).
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Surprised at no USB3 as well. Given USB and FW, what would eSATA get you?

I'm not happy, but realize iMac will never see blu-ray. That want you to modify the OP to include their copy protection scheme, and that will never happen. Given the rumors that even iDVD is being pushed to the back of the shelf just puts another nail in the coffin for BR on macs...
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Just been to the UK store and the 'Buy Now' button takes you to an iMac information page - there doesn't appear to be a page where you can actually make a purchase. Rather sloppy rollout I'd say.
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Why would I need USB 3 and eSATA exactly? What might I be hooking up to this that would benefit from those interfaces (that Firewire 800 and USB 2 don't already deliver)? It's an honest question. Are those "omissions" a big deal? I can see why Blu-Ray would have been cool for watching movies, but I don't know why a typical user would need a super-highspeed port for external devices in an all-in-one. All I can think of is really fast backups, but that can't be what people are so excited about, right?
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As they say "don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out" - and don't turn off the lights cause the rest of us will all still be here!

Bye now.
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Was not that obvious since... long ago? However I think the iMac is still a solid computer. And if I am not mistaken, this is the first time a mainstream Apple computer gets 1 GB of memory for graphics (27" model).

Well iMac is a solid computer but no longer the one that used to have best of technologies to justify its price. Getting 1 GB of memory is nice. However, lack of faster connections is a deal breaker for me.
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Curious about the SSD option. It says you can add an SSD with a hard disk. Does that mean there is an extra sata port in there? I must know!

Hey, if there is an extra sata port it would be fairly easy to hack that into an esata port.
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray...

Wow, that's absolutely laughable, especially at the price. Well at least I don't to find the money for a new PC for another 6 months at least, or I'll just go back to Dell.


OMG... I can't believe people are still bitching about Blu-Ray. It's simple really. Sony want's to charge too high of a licensing fee.

Just go buy a firewire B-R drive that you can happily use on all of your machines.
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Was not that obvious since... long ago? However I think the iMac is still a solid computer. And if I am not mistaken, this is the first time a mainstream Apple computer gets 1 GB of memory for graphics (27" model).

The Mac Pro also got 5770 and 5870 1GB cards as options. At the prices listed, they certainly aren't what I would call mainstream tho so you're probably right
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Hi guys,

just saw the update and have been waiting for it. Now I wonder which one to get. It will definitely be a 21.5", as 27" is just to big for me. However I wonder wether I should spent extra money on the better graphics and processor (might even consider the core i5 upgrade), but I just don't whether it is worth it or not.

My use: light gaming, but not high end and latest and greatest games. More like WoW and other games that shouldn't be to graphic intense. Other than that, just the usual stuff. No fancy video editing either.

Just wondering if it is worth to spend £200+ for 500GB, a slightly better graphics card and eventually an upgrade to the core i5.

I would appreciate any advice.
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Curiously I am surprised that no one has mentioned that you can now order a Magic TrackPad with in along with a Magic Mouse.
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OMG... I can't believe people are still bitching about Blu-Ray. It's simple really. Sony want's to charge too high of a licensing fee.

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What?!?! The least expensive iMac with the i3 chip has no Turbo Boost?!?!

WTF!!!!!
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The Mac Pro also got 5770 and 5870 1GB cards as options. At the prices listed, they certainly aren't what I would call mainstream tho so you're probably right

Yes, I consider the Mac Pro as a workstation-class machine. The iMac is for the masses and that amount of graphics memory was not available before.
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No USB 3, no eSATA, no Blu-Ray... I'll just go back to Dell.

ROTFLMAO.

Yeah, go back to Dell.

Anyone expecting Blu-Ray on this iMac revision has been, shall we say, a wee bit out of touch recently.

Blu-Ray is a mess. I was watching a Blu-Ray movie last night (or trying to) while it repeatedly connected to the internet, downloading "content" that I have absolutely no interest in watching. There's no way around watching endless previews, intros, etc... I just want to watch the goddam movie! But no, Sony says you have to do this and wade through 15 minutes of junk before you watch a movie that you thought was yours.

You really want crap like that in a computer? Doesn't matter - the more important consideration is, does Apple want that in their computers? Obviously not.

You want to play Blu-Ray? Get a Blu-Ray player. Want a computer? Get an iMac.

Want to throw your money away on utter shit? Get a Dell. Or an HP.
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So, what will be the performance difference between the old C2D of yesterday's iMac vs the Core i3 of today's iMac?
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What?!?! The least expensive iMac with the i3 chip has no Turbo Boost?!?!

WTF!!!!!

Yeah the 3.06GHz i3 has no Turbo Boost, all the other models do. That's probably fine for the lowest end model, but it does seem odd. Does the line of i3 with turbo boost go no lower than 3.2GHz? If so that would explain it, another way for Apple to differentiate the product line.


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So, what will be the performance difference between the old C2D of yesterday's iMac vs the Core i3 of today's iMac?

Faster processors and faster graphics across the board. Not sure what percentages we will see, but the new systems will certainly be faster.


Honestly the thing I'm disappointed about most in the iMac update is that we don't have DX11 video across the board. The 4670 is DX 10.1.
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Blu-Ray is a mess. I was watching a Blu-Ray movie last night (or trying to) while it repeatedly connected to the internet, downloading "content" that I have absolutely no interest in watching. There's no way around watching endless previews, intros, etc... I just want to watch the goddam movie! But no, Sony says you have to do this and wade through 15 minutes of junk before you watch a movie that you thought was yours.

Is THAT bad? Force you to watch things you don't want and were not meant to? Probably it makes little to no difference for TV junkies though.
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Much better deal than the last ones. Good update.
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Now that Apple is moving to SSD options in their iMacs and Mac Pro's, it would be nice if the next upgrade in OS X will support TRIM commands and address some of the issues that are found with SSDs.
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What?!?! The least expensive iMac with the i3 chip has no Turbo Boost?!?!

WTF!!!!!

From reading Wikipedia, no i3 has Turbo Boost...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...22_.2832_nm.29
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ROTFLMAO.

Yeah, go back to Dell.

Anyone expecting Blu-Ray on this iMac revision has been, shall we say, a wee bit out of touch recently.

Blu-Ray is a mess. I was watching a Blu-Ray movie last night (or trying to) while it repeatedly connected to the internet, downloading "content" that I have absolutely no interest in watching. There's no way around watching endless previews, intros, etc... I just want to watch the goddam movie! But no, Sony says you have to do this and wade through 15 minutes of junk before you watch a movie that you thought was yours.

You really want crap like that in a computer? Doesn't matter - the more important consideration is, does Apple want that in their computers? Obviously not.

You want to play Blu-Ray? Get a Blu-Ray player. Want a computer? Get an iMac.

Want to throw your money away on utter shit? Get a Dell. Or an HP.

Well, I don't want to buy a compressed crap, sold as HD movie, on iTunes store for 20 bucks, when I can get a true HD movie for 10 bucks. That's called throwing away your money on utter shit.
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From reading Wikipedia, no i3 has Turbo Boost...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...22_.2832_nm.29

The 1499$ iMac with i3 processor does offer Turbo boost. You don't need to go Wikipedia for that. Read on the Apple website.
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Now that Apple is moving to SSD options in their iMacs and Mac Pro's, it would be nice if the next upgrade in OS X will support TRIM commands and address some of the issues that are found with SSDs.


This is really puzzling for me that Apple sells SSDs but doesn't want to offer TRIM support in OS X. This is really annoying . Apple shouldn't advertise Mac OS X as the most advanced OS while it doesn't actually support advanced technology like TRIM.
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Sony want to charge high license fee and Apple want to charge high every Apple product. Right?
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