Recently released by Apple the updated iMac comes with quad core processor, the latest Thunderbolt technology and enhanced graphics. The graphics are up to three times faster than before.
There are two 21.5 inch and two 27 inch models with different iMac specs available.
All models have moved over to Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the second generation of the Core-i series processor with four cores.
The cheapest one uses an 2.5GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk drive and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB RAM. You can upgrade to a faster Core i5, twice the hard disk capacity and a better graphics card.
The most expensive iMac that comes with a 3.1GHz Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB RAM. You can upgrade to a 3.4GHz Core i7 CPU for even better performance.
The 4GB (two 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory is upgradable to 8GB on the 21.5 inch models and 16 GB on the 27 inch iMacs.
There is also the option of a 256GB internal SSD hard drive if you want the very latest hard drive technology in your iMac.
Appearance wise the iMac hasn’t really changed with the same IPS LED-backlit widescreen glossy display as before. Unfortunately no matte option is available.
The screen display is as sharp as ever, although it can be quite reflective.
Positioned on the back of the iMac are:
- One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
- Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
- Mini Display Port output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual- link DVI (adapters sold separately)
- One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- Audio in/out
- 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
Located on the right side is the higher-capacity SDXC card slot and DVD-ROM slot. There is still no Blu-Ray or HDMI port.
Wi-Fi wireless networking is 802.11n, a/b/g compatible.
The Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse both use Bluetooth allowing you to control the iMac from a distance if so required.