Apple releases new iMac With Quad-Core Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O
As expected, Apple updated the iMac today with quad-core processors, new graphics, Thunderbolt I/O technology and upgraded the FaceTime camera to with the capability of shooting in HD. The new iMac starts at $1,199 CDN (Same price as the US!)
“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior VP 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.”
The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option to choose Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz. These processors feature an integrated memory controller for a more responsive experience and a new media engine for video encoding and decoding.
iMac now joins some of its other siblings to include Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports. Thunderbolt features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 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.
iMac now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera to use with Apple’s FaceTime software for widescreen video calling. 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.
Nothing major as we suspected, but the slight refresh did provide us with a pricing update to more accurately reflect the strong Canadian dollar. Previous iMacs sold in Canada where $100 more expensive than their US counterparts.
A few other notes and observations and small rants:
A little surprised to see that the default $2000 iMac doesn't include the i7 and that it's still a CTO (Configure to Order) model.
Very interested to see the GeekBench scores on these models.
I really wish Apple would come out with a wireless keyboard that had a numerical pad.
Price of a 2TB Drive with 256 SSD drive option really came down. Adding the SSD drives changes the estimated shipping time to 2-3 weeks.
I really wish Apple would let customers order the high-end video cards in their low-end models. The lower-end 21.5" model iMac also doesn't let you order the SSD drive upgrade, but the higher-end 21.5" model does. Why you do that Apple?
All-in-all, a decent refresh though. I will be ordering on in the summer when my current iMac lease expires. Think I'll be ordering the entry level 27" Model with bigger drive and more ram.