Apple July 2010 Update – iMac Spec Bumps

Apple today have unleashed some spec bumps to the full line-up of the iMac line. The most notably in which is the replacement of Intels Core 2 Duo with Intels more powerful Core-i3 as well as some fantastic graphics for your money.

Here are the full specs of the new iMac line.

21.5 inch model
Base Model
The base model 21.5″ iMac keeps its 3.06GHz processing speed, but now with an Core i3 processor. The base model also has, like all iMacs now, the base model now features a dedicated graphics card rather than shared graphics on the previous iMac. The second iMac now has double the graphics and a bumped up processor at 3.2GHz. Here are the base specs;
3.06GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
4GB DDR3 RAM (2x2GB)
500GB 7200RPM HDD
8x SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB
£999 (£889.48*)

2nd 21.5″ Model
The second 21.5″ features a bumped up processor with 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 and double the graphics of 512MB of ATI Graphics memory. Here are the full specs;
3.2GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
4GB DDR3 RAM (2x2GB)
1TB 7200RPM HDD
8x SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB
£1249 (£1111.55*)

Optional Upgrades – 21.5″
Both 21.5″ iMacs can take up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (2x8GB), 3.6GHz Core i5 and 2TB 7200RPM HDD.

27 inch model
Base Model
The base model 27″ iMac features the same Intel Core i3 processor with the same specifications as the 2nd 21.5″ iMac, but with the incredible 27″ resolution of 2560×1440. Here are the full specs;
3.2GHz Intel Core i3 Processor
4GB DDR3 RAM (2x2GB)
1TB 7200RPM HDD
8x SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB
£1399 (£1245.50*)

2nd 27″ Model
The last 27″ Model features as before Intels Core i5 standard with an optional upgrade to i7. Here is the spec for i5 base price.
2.8GHz Intel Core i5
4GB DDR3 RAM (2x2GB)
1TB 7200RPM HDD
8x SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB (1024MB)
£1649 (£1467.58*) or with 2.93GHz Core i7 its £1808 (£1609.75*)

Optional Upgrades – 27″
Both 27″ iMacs can take up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (2x8GB), 2.95GHz Core i7, 2TB 7200 RPM.
A brand new option for the 27″ model only is now a 256GB SSD, but new for Apple’s iMac line is you can (it’ll cost ya but you can) purchase both a 1TB or 2TB HDD as well as a 256GB SSD. This will mean you’ll have incredible amount of storage with the performance of an SSD. Although if you max out and have 2TB and an SSD the price will rise by £720 (£640.38*) which is quite a big price difference!

Summary
The spec bump updates are definitely a good move from Apple, and keep the iMac top of the game when it comes to all-in-one computers, and whilst the SSD and HDD combination price sounds alot, most base spec prices of the new iMac really do rival that of other competitors which can only be a good thing. The only downside probably is the lack once again of Blu-Ray from Apple’s lineup, when will Apple add this as its definitely a very long time coming from Apple. Despite this, the new iMac is definitely refreshed itself and now has more reason for being the number 1 in all-in-one computers.

*RKUK Media Pricing on the Apple Store, visit RKUK’s Promo page

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