HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple announced an update to its iMac lineup on Tuesday, with its desktop range now boasting Intel's latest Haswell processors.
It seems that now that it has launched its new iPhones, Apple has turned its attention to its iMac lineup. While the desktop computers look the same, Apple has most notably equipped its iMac range with fourth generation Intel Haswell quad-core processors.
Apple's entry-level 21.5in iMac features an Intel quad-core 2.7GHz Core i5 processor paired with new Iris Pro graphics for "unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance", while the high-end 21.5in and 27in models feature Intel quad-core Core i5 processors running at up to 3.4GHz and Nvidia GeForce 700 series graphics, which Apple claimed offer 40 percent faster performance than previous models.
Apple has also said that customers can upgrade to Intel quad-core Core i7 processors running at up to 3.5GHz, Nvidia Geforce GTA 780M series graphics and 4GB of video memory, if they so wish.
That's not all that's new. Apple has also configured its refreshed iMac lineup with 802.11 ac WiFi for speeds three times faster than the last generation models, and PCle-based flash storage that it claims makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options 50 percent faster than before.
The firm added that customers can configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, if they have deep enough pockets. It said that the iMac comes with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. These can be upped to 32GB of RAM and a 3TB hard drive.
Apple senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said, "iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be.
"With its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac WiFi and fast PCle flash storage."
The 21.5in iMac will be priced from £1,149, and the 27in iMac will be priced from £1,599. Prices will vary depending on how much you decide to stuff inside the desktop computer. Apple's new iMacs are up on the firm's website now, but they are not yet available to buy. µ
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