Apple updated iMac with 21.5-inch and 27-inch models that have the Intel’s new Haswell processor, faster PCI Express flash storage, better graphics and 802.11ac next-generation Wi-Fi.
It has been revealed that the next installment to the iMac series could pack in the pixels, bringing the super-sharp screen we’ve grown to love on the iPhone and iPad. Given the sheer size of the iMac’s screen, we’re talking serious sharpness and quality which will likely stun even those enjoying the resolution of the two month old iPad.
Although Apple has made no official announcement regarding the specifications of the new desktops, it has been widely reported in the last week or so that the popular desktop machines will run on Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, reportedly the Intel 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge.
The last time Apple updated its iMac line we were treated to Intel Core 2010 processors. So it’s no surprise — really, no surprise at all — to see Apple refreshing the lineup today. Prices start at $1,199 (as usual) for the 21.5-inch (1,920 x 1,080 pixel IPS panel) model with new 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and 512MB of AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics. Prices soon jump to $1,999 for a 27-inch (2,560 x 1,440 IPS) model with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and 1GB of AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics, or optional 3.4GHz quad-core Core i7 proc and 2GB of HD 6970M graphics if you so desire. We’re talking Intel Sandy Bridge, of course, but Apple never goes into specifics. New owners will also be treated to a Thunderbolt jack (one on the 21.5-inch model and two on the 27-incher) and FaceTime HD camera with 24 hours shipping. Yeah, it looks the same, but it’s the insides that count.