The iMac may not get as much love as it used to, but it's still one of the best all-in-one desktop computers around. Now Apple's making it a little better with a revamped model that's shipping out today.
Apple announced this morning that the new and improved iMac is now available at its online store, physical Apple retail stores and other retail outlets. The new iMac comes equipped with Intel's new Haswell CPUs, new GPUs, better Wi-Fi and PCIe flash storage options.
“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”
So, what's in these new iMacs? Each iMac now comes with an Intel Haswell CPU. The base model comes equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU whereas the the top of the line model comes with a 3.5GHz Intel Core i7.
As far as graphics are concerned, new iMac owners have a couple of options. The base model comes with integrated Iris Pro graphics. It's good enough for your daily computing needs, but those looking for more power can choose from Nvidia's new 700 series of GPUs. The base Nvidia model comes with a GT 750M whereas the top of the line model comes with a GTX 780M complete with 4GB of VRAM.
As far as memory is concerned, every iMac comes with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. This can, of course, be upgraded up to 32GB of RAM and a 3TB hard drive. The new iMacs also comes with two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports.
For those looking for faster memory, customers can also choose to outfit their iMac with what Apple calls the Fusion Drive. It may sound far out, but it's just a fancy name for a hybrid drive - a traditional hard drive combined with flash storage for faster boot up times. If you want something even faster, you can take out a second mortgage on your home to afford the 1TB SSD option.
If you find yourself needing a new iMac, you can pick up the 21.5-inch base model today for $1,299. The 27-inch top of the line model will run you $1,999. If you want to go all out with a 1TB SSD and a GTX 780M GPU, you'll have to fork over $3,949.[Image: Apple]