Apple Updates iMac Line - Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge for All
The last time Apple did a refresh of a product line, it was for the MacBook Pros. Now, it is time for the iMacs to get an update and while each may look the same on the outside, it is what's inside that counts. The 21.5" and 27" iMac each get upgrades in the form of an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, beefier graphics, and an Intel Thunderbolt connection. The 21.5" model keeps the 1920x1080 IPS display but adds a 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 500GB or 1TB hard drive and a AMD Radeon HD 6750M or 6770M GPU. The 27" model has the 2560x1440 IPS display and adds either a 2.7GHz or 3.1GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 1TB hard drive, and an AMD HD 6770M or 6970M GPU. You can, of course, configure your iMac with up to a 3.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, up to 2TB of hard drive space, a 256GB SSD, and more RAM. The 21.5" model has one Intel Thunderbolt connection on the rear while the 27" model comes with two. On the front you will find a FaceTime HD camera to call any FaceTime-equipped Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
The new Apple iMacs are available now. The 21.5" model starts at $1,199 while the 27" begins at $1,699.