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New graphics boost as Apple updates iMac

25 Sep 13

Apple has today updated iMac with fourth generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.

According to Cupertino, the updated iMac brings the latest technology to the thinly designed desktop.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“Inside its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics in a bid to increase levels of integrated graphics performance.

Schiller says the high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation.

Customers can also upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.

iMac now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, meaning when connected to an 802.11ac base station, the device delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster than the previous generation.

Coming with a standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and up to a 3TB hard drive.

iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.

Unsurprisingly, iMac ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac.

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro for a recommended retail price of NZD$1,999. While the 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M is at a recommended retail price of $2,299.

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a recommended retail price of $2,799. And finally, the 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M is available for a recommended retail price of $3,099.

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