Apple iMacs with Sandybridge and Thunderbolt – Availability, Pricing, Tech Specs

After the MacBook’s got the Sandybridge and Thunderbolt refresh next in the line was iMac’s. We had already predicted the launch in March and even last week. And today Apple finally brings the upgraded lineup of iMacs which was sure thing to come as the Apple Online Store was down before few hours.

The new iMacs look identically same as the previous generations as there aren’t any cosmetic changes and they carry the same aluminum body, glass cut and the same design. iMac’s got hardware change this time leading to performance upgrade.

All new iMac’s comes with Intel Sandy Bridge based Core i5 and i7 processors, the new high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port same as that the MacBook owns, a FaceTime HD camera and storage upgrades. However the 21.5inch flavor has only one Thunderbolt port where as 27inch got two Thunderbolt ports. Intel Sandybridge combined with AMD GPU delivers 70 percent greater performance, claims Apple.

The Facetime HD cam allows Facetime in HD with iPhone 4, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch 4 or even with other PC’s or Mac’s. Buying options even allow to get the most powerful quad-core Core i7 chip clocked at 3.4GHz.

“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.”

Tech Specs:

  • 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. 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 groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on an all-in-one computer.
  • It features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, 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, 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 innovative 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 continues to feature its signature aluminum and glass design, gorgeous IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, SD card slot and comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.
  • The iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold rating.

The new iMac’s are priced at:

  • Apple iMac Core i5 Quad 2.5GHz 21.5″ Desktop for $1,199
  • Apple iMac Core i5 Quad 2.7GHz 21.5″ Desktop for $1,499
  • Apple iMac Core i5 Quad 2.7GHz 27″ Desktop for $1,699
  • Apple iMac Core i5 Quad 3.1GHz 27″ Desktop for $1,999.

The new iMac is now available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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