Apple iMac Refresh May 2011 – Thunderbolt, AMD Graphics and more!

Introduction

When it comes to Apple, they reinvent technology, they master it and make it something we inspire to purchase, which is probably tactical marketing you’re probably thinking, but thats the thing its not, well not all of it. What do I mean by this, well, if you’ve never used a Mac and use Windows PCs for the rest of your life its likely Apple had some inspiration or something involved with that PC, whether a design aspect, maybe even how much you paid for it. Apple has become the biggest brand in the technology industry, which likely explains why its “Mac” vs “PC”, iPod vs MP3 Player, iPhone vs other smartphones, iPad vs tablets. Proof of this comes to form when Apple update one of its line of products, this blog is simply an utterly about an update specwise to a line of computers that Apple has, full stop … yet it gets front page news, a wow, yet other PC OEMs update their lines everyday, the power of the Apple brand. We all don’t know why, but we’re all somehow hypnotised almost by what Apple does in the industry, is this good? Well, good for Apple, but personally I think its bad, why hasn’t some other brand come along to take a bite out of Apples glory, pardon the pun, but hey that question will go unanswered I guess.

Anyway, back to the topic of this blog, the update to the Apple iMac line, and what an update it is as well, up to 60% more powerful processing power thanks to the all new Sandybridge Intel Core i processors, incredible leap in graphics performance thanks to some big AMD chips, as well as the introduction of Thunderbolt to the machines, this is a slick update.

21.5″ Model (Base Model) £999*

Gone is the Core i3, its all about Quad Core power now in the iMacs and this is great. And for a Mac, this is pretty beefy for its price point, the main woo when Apple updates its line of Macs.

Specs include;

2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5

1920x1080p resolution IPS Display

ThunderBolt Port

FaceTime HD Camera … in English, a better webcam.

4GB DDR3 RAM Upgradable to 8GB DDR3 RAM

500MB HDD

AMD Radeon HD 6750M (512MB GDDR5)

Apple Magic Mouse (or free option to choose Magic Trackpad if you prefer, or a wired mouse)

Apple Wireless Keyboard (or free option to choose Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad instead)


21.5″ Model (Second Model) £1,249*

Opting that little bit higher on the price point is worth the while if you want a real powerhouse out of your 21.5″ iMac. Plus with this iMac you can select a higher processor, difference hard drive, ssd, or even ssd and a hard drive. Take a look.

Specs include;

2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Upgradable to 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

1920x1080p resolution IPS Display

ThunderBolt Port

FaceTime HD Camera … in English, a better webcam.

4GB DDR3 RAM Upgradable to 8GB DDR3 RAM

1TB HDD Upgradable to 2TB HDD (OR) 256GB SSD (OR) 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD (OR) 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD

AMD Radeon HD 6770M (512MB GDDR5)

Apple Magic Mouse (or free option to choose Magic Trackpad if you prefer, or a wired mouse)

Apple Wireless Keyboard (or free option to choose Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad instead)

27″ Model (Base Model) £1,399*

Now we reach the big Daddy of the iMac family, the 27″. With insane screen resolution, bigger space for more goodies and well including two ThunderBolt ports, lets just have a look eh.

Specs include;

2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5

2560×1440 resolution IPS Display

2 ThunderBolt Ports

FaceTime HD Camera … in English, a better webcam.

4GB DDR3 RAM Upgradable to 8GB DDR3 RAM (OR) 16GB DDR3 RAM

1TB HDD Upgradable to 2TB HDD (OR) 256GB SSD (OR) 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD (OR) 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD

AMD Radeon HD 6770M (512MB GDDR5)

Apple Magic Mouse (or free option to choose Magic Trackpad if you prefer, or a wired mouse)

Apple Wireless Keyboard (or free option to choose Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad instead)


27″ Model (Second Model) £1,649*

This is when the specs get interesting, the ultimate iMac, whilst the base model is pretty hot, just look at those configurations. You can pump up an iMac with 3.4GHz Quad Core i7, 16GB Ram, 2TB plus a 256GB SSD, 2GB of graphics, come on thats pretty awesome.

Specs include;

3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Upgradable to 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

2560×1440 resolution IPS Display

2 ThunderBolt Ports

FaceTime HD Camera … in English, a better webcam.

4GB DDR3 RAM Upgradable to 8GB DDR3 RAM (OR) 16GB DDR3 RAM

1TB HDD Upgradable to 2TB HDD (OR) 256GB SSD (OR) 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD (OR) 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD

AMD Radeon HD 6970M (1GB GDDR5) Upgradable to AMD Radeon HD 6970M (2GB GDDR5)

Apple Magic Mouse (or free option to choose Magic Trackpad if you prefer, or a wired mouse)

Apple Wireless Keyboard (or free option to choose Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad instead)

*This is the base price, upgrades increase the price unless mentioned as “free option”.

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Published by R-Tech

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