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Apple releases new iMac desktops with Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, Thunderbolt ports

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Apple on Tuesday updated its all-in-one line of iMac desktops, adding Intel's powerful new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors, as well as the new high-speed Thunderbolt input/output port.

Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent 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," said 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 3.4 GHz. These next generation processors feature an integrated memory controller for a more responsive experience and a powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, Apple said 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.

First introduced in new MacBook Pros in February, Thunderbolt is a high-speed input/output technology co-developed by Intel and Apple. Featuring two bi-directional channels, it offers speeds of up to 10Gbps, which is 12 times faster than FireWire 800, and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It's even twice as fast as Intel's USB 3.0 specification, which the company still plans to support. 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, Apple said 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 also features its signature aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, SD card slot and comes with Apple’s Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.



The iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold rating. iMac features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, uses highly recyclable materials and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.

Tech Specs

21.5-inch iMac
21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
$1,119
2.5Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
500GB hard drive
AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
$1,499
2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
27-inch iMac
27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels
$1,699
2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256 solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
$1,999
3.1Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 3.4Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7)
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
1TB hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory (configurable to AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB DDR5)
All configurations of the new iMac include:

Video Support and Camera
FaceTime HD camera
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
Audio
Built-in stereo speakers
Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
Built-in microphone
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Connections and Expansion
One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
Four USB 2.0 ports
SDXC card slot
Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Audio in/out
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
IR receiver
Input
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
Magic Mouse: Smooth, seamless Multi-Touch surface with support for simple gestures (scrolling and swiping). Click and double-click anywhere. Ambidextrous construction accommodates left- and right-handed users.
Magic Trackpad: Solid-state scrolling trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch and expand, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, rotate, screen zoom, scroll, click and drag, click drag and lock, secondary click A and B
Wireless
Wi-Fi: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Size and Weight
21-inch
Height: 17.75 inches (45.1 cm)
Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)
Depth: 7.42 inches (18.85 cm)
Weight: 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg)
27-inch
Height: 20.4 inches (51.7 cm)
Width: 25.6 inches (65.0 cm)
Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm)
Weight: 30.5 pounds (13.8 kg)
Electrical and Operating Requirements
Line voltage: 100-240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
Maximum continuous power: 205W (21.5-inch models); 310W (27-inch models)
Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-20° to 47° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
Typical acoustical performance
Sound pressure level (operator position): 18 dBA at idle
Limited Warranty and Service

Your iMac comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.

Environmental Status Report

iMac is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:
Arsenic-free display glass
BFR-free
PVC-free5
Mercury-free LED-backlit display
Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosures
Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements
Rated EPEAT Gold6
In the Box
iMac
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Magic Mouse
Power cord
Install/restore DVDs
Printed and electronic documentation
Included Software\t
Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more.
iLife: Includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb.


Pricing and Availability

The new iMac is available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available in two configurations: one with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US); and one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US).

The new 27-inch iMac is available in two models: one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US); and one with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US).

Configure-to-order options include faster Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 2TB, a 256GB solid state drive, additional DDR3 memory and AppleCare® Protection Plan. Additional technical specifications and configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/imac.

AppleInsider reported on Saturday that Apple would introduce its new Sandy Bridge-powered iMacs this week. The company's all-in-one desktop was last upgraded nine months ago, in July, when they were equipped with Intel Core i processors and ATI Radeon graphics.
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Nice! I want one. Love that they kept FW800!
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Very similar to the MBP upgrade. Faster GPU, graphics and ports but nothing much else...
A performance upgrade basically.
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No USB 3 and two Thunderbolts ports...
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The keyboard option with a numeric keypad is noticeably absent. So no more wired options

Still no matte screen, but with LED back lighting, I wonder if you could adjust the levels so that you don't notice the glare?
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And Apple keeps on comin'. Will dissect the GPU offerings shortly after my Portal 2 session on my gaming PC.
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Does anyone know if this allows me to connect a PS3 at a resolution > 720p?

I use a conversion box with my 2 year-old iMac for HDMI > DisplayPort but the 720p limitation is with the iMac.
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No USB 3 and two Thunderbolts ports...

No USB 3 no loss. \
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No USB 3 and two Thunderbolts ports...

Is it possible to have 2 external displays?
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No USB 3 and two Thunderbolts ports...

Are there any USB3 to TB adaptors available?
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Very similar to the MBP upgrade. Faster GPU, graphics and ports but nothing much else...
A performance upgrade basically.

Maybe, but a hell of an upgrade. This baby is going to be sold like fresh blueberry muffins.
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No USB 3 and two Thunderbolts ports...

Neither Intel or AMD has native support for USB3 in their chipsets yet. For Intel, that is coming w/Ivy Bridge next year. Apple won't support it until it is standard.
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So how long before we see a Mac Mini upgrade. It does seem that since Apple went to the trouble of doing a major re-design not so long ago, the Mini has a future. Or does it?
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The keyboard option with a numeric keypad is noticeably absent. So no more wired options

It's still there from what I can see.
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Any other changes noticed?
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There is a BTO 2GB graphics card!
SSDs a lot cheaper.
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No matte antiglare screens on the new iMacs. If you need matte screens, there's something you can do - add your voice to 1,300+ petitions at http://macmatte.wordpress.com Unlike personal emails to Apple - which Apple just ignore, asserting everyone loves glossy screens - make it count by adding to the online petition where your voice will remain visible on the net until Apple listens. Remember, adding your comment to transient news articles on the net is fine, but those articles go out of date in a few weeks, and also there is no long-term accumulation and consolidation of numbers, like there is at a petition site.

And how has that petition worked out for you? Have you gotten that matte option yet? How long has it been going on?
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So how long before we see a Mac Mini upgrade. It does seem that since Apple went to the trouble of doing a major re-design not so long ago, the Mini has a future. Or does it?

If the order means anything, the Mini will be next to be updated.

It definitely has a future. It's the 'server' platform now, and with a Thunderbolt and quad cores, it would be quite a spiffy one. Pop a SSD inside, and a thunderbolt RAID on cable, and it would be quite the SMB workgroup server.
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Is it possible to have 2 external displays?

yes, but the second thunderbolt isn't there for its latent display port capability.
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No matte antiglare screens on the new iMacs. If you need matte screens, there's something you can do - add your voice to 1,300+ petitions at http://macmatte.wordpress.com Unlike personal emails to Apple - which Apple just ignore, asserting everyone loves glossy screens - make it count by adding to the online petition where your voice will remain visible on the net until Apple listens. Remember, adding your comment to transient news articles on the net is fine, but those articles go out of date in a few weeks, and also there is no long-term accumulation and consolidation of numbers, like there is at a petition site.

dude, buy a mac mini and BYO-monitor. Go away.
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yes, but the second thunderbolt isn't there for its latent display port capability.

explain. The apple site states that with the 2 TB, 'you can add a display or 2'
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No matte antiglare screens on the new iMacs. If you need matte screens, there's something you can do - add your voice to 1,300+ petitions at http://macmatte.wordpress.com Unlike personal emails to Apple - which Apple just ignore, asserting everyone loves glossy screens - make it count by adding to the online petition where your voice will remain visible on the net until Apple listens. Remember, adding your comment to transient news articles on the net is fine, but those articles go out of date in a few weeks, and also there is no long-term accumulation and consolidation of numbers, like there is at a petition site.

1300 people is a rounding error to their sales.
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Are there any USB3 to TB adaptors available?

why? TB is infinitely better, and I imagine many peripherals (such as DSLRs and external HDDs) will come with both a TB and USB port. Mice, keyboards, and printers are all wireless now.
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Is the standard port for Thunderbolt equal to mini-DisplayPort?

Or are we now talking about DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and mini-Thunderbolt?

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wow
powerful cheap machines
finally the graphics get stronger
the matte screen is an ugly look compared to a real glass screen

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1300 people is a rounding error to their sales.

That is a significant number of people. And when you get a petition such as this, it usually means 10x as many or more also feel the same way. It is a shame that Apple does not listen to their customers more.
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And there are no spec with 8GB default Ram, adding memory actually means it is expensive even of you do it yourself, since you have to throw away both slot in order to get 8GB.
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Is the standard port for Thunderbolt equal to mini-DisplayPort?

Or are we now talking about DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and mini-Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt uses the MDP port
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Why is it that it costs $199.00 to have Aperture preinstalled when you can buy it from the App store for $79.99??
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Wow. The whining has begun in force.

As for myself, I am just going to sit back and watch the stock go in the next few months.
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That is a significant number of people. And when you get a petition such as this, it usually means 10x as many or more also feel the same way. It is a shame that Apple does not listen to their customers more.

No it isn't. 1300 people isn't even 1% of their desktop sales last quarter. Hell, it isn't even 1/10th of a percent of their desktop sales. Apple doesn't listen to this group b/c it isn't significant enough to listen to. Even if it is 10x bigger than the petition, it's still under 1% of last quarter's sales. When you look at it from a yearly total, it's completely laughable.
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And there are no spec with 8GB default Ram, adding memory actually means it is expensive even of you do it yourself, since you have to throw away both slot in order to get 8GB.

Go to Apple Apple store to get all the options

There IS an 8 GB option - 16 GB for the 27"

There is also a keyboard with numeric pad option.

They have a 256GB Solid State Drive option for $600. Just wish they had a 128 GB SSD. That is what you need for OS and applications and desktop. It would be a lot more affordable. I wonder if an aftermarket SSD would be installable. They do seem to have 2 drive bays.
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Does anyone know if this allows me to connect a PS3 at a resolution > 720p?

I use a conversion box with my 2 year-old iMac for HDMI > DisplayPort but the 720p limitation is with the iMac.

Oh, does that mean an iMac can function as a display for HDMI outputting devices?

I had always assumed the mini-DisplayPort on an iMac was for output to an external display.
I did not expect it to work the other way around. That's quite a selling point if it works, as it would give you a screen for a games console and BluRay and, in my case, an output for my spare DVR box.

Sorry to sound skeptical, but does that actually work?

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Thunderbolt uses the MDP port

I just want to check what you're saying there: There is only one size of Thunderbolt port, not two like with DP and mini-DP?

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It is a shame that Apple does not listen to their customers more.

The only thing Apple listens to is their customers ringing up the cash registers. Apple doesn't do "focus groups" and customer surveys. It's why they're great.
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I just want to check what you're saying there: There is only one size of Thunderbolt port, not two like with DP and mini-DP?

That is correct. One port to rule them all.
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Why is it that it costs $199.00 to have Aperture preinstalled when you can buy it from the App store for $79.99??

I think it is still available at Apple retail at full price.
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That is correct. One port to rule them all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder...28interface%29 has all the info.

Thunderbolt to rule them all, Thunderbolt to find them.....heh
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I think it is still available at Apple retail at full price.

Is there any difference between the $199 version and the $79.99 version??
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That is a significant number of people. And when you get a petition such as this, it usually means 10x as many or more also feel the same way. It is a shame that Apple does not listen to their customers more.

Just out of curiosity is the desire for a non-glossy screen about reflections or the 'I use it for color accuracy' argument? If the former I'd say I far prefer the glossy and simply moving position or lighting. That one I guess is personal preferences. However, if the latter I would throw in my 2 cents ...

I have worked with matte, calibrated Barco monitors with color temps and ambient light settings ... bla bla bla and color printing, press calibrations, dot gain and ink impurity corrections, proofs and the whole process. These days I turn around a brochure or a post card from the fast print shops on line using Photoshop and even (gasp) Pages (ok I admit I transfer to a PDF to Photoshop to convert to CMYK and correct color set up) and get amazing color fidelity using Apple's glossy screens. Technology has made the glossy screen totally ok for print work IMHO.
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