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Apple Announces New T-Bolt, Quad-core iMacs

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Apple has announced a refresh for its iMac line, adding in support for Intel’s Thunderbolt technology and next generation quad-core CPUs.

Those of you holding off on purchasing an iMac because you were expecting a refresh any day can breathe easy and prepare for a little shopping, because Apple today announced the new line. The 2011 models marry Intel’s quad-core Core i-series CPUs with AMD Radeon HD graphics and a little Thunderbolt action for good measure. Facetime users will be pleased to note that the new iMacs will ship with support for that, too.

Prices start at just under $1,200 for the 21.5-inch model, which boasts Intel’s 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, AMD’s Radeon HD 6750M graphics and a 500GB HDD. Things go up from there, with a 21.5-inch, 2.7 GHz quad-core Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive configuration driving the price up to $1,499.

There are also two new 27-inch iMac options: one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive for $1,699; and one with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6970M and 1TB hard drive for $1,999. Shoppers can upgrade to faster Core i7 processors (up to 3.4 GHz), additional hard drive capacity (up to 2TB), a 256GB solid state drive, and additional RAM at extra costs.

Check out Apple’s online store for all the details.

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    11796pcs , May 4, 2011 2:13 AM
    All of the clock speeds and brands look very familiar, but something is very wrong... I swear I saw all of this stuff online for a ton less... oh wait I'm reading an Apple article :) 
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    kilo_17 , May 4, 2011 2:13 AM
    Kind of neat to see that one has Mobility 6970 graphics in it.
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    WHComp , May 4, 2011 2:20 AM
    Ridiculously overpriced, but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 2:24 AM
    Mobility discrete cards. In what is supposed to be a desktop solution.


    And the Applonians will devour it like candy.
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    scatrdfew , May 4, 2011 2:35 AM
    Apple makes a very nice product. These prices seem reasonable to me for the brand/quality you'll be getting. People that own Macs love them for a reason.
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    pangedit , May 4, 2011 2:45 AM
    Sweet...I ve been wanting to get a mac to see what the fuzz is all about. this maybe a good opportunity to finally get one :/ 
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    AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls , May 4, 2011 2:50 AM
    Didn't think I'd be saying this but I think it's worth it.
    27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000
    Intel Core i5 2400: $190
    Radeon HD 6970M: comparable to Radeon HD 6850 (but with less power consumption): $170
    4GB DDR3 RAM: $40
    1TB 7200RPM HDD: $60
    Power Supply (whatever it may be): $60-80
    Casing: $100
    Peripherals: $100
    Total: ~$1750

    Paying $250 more to have it all in one case doesn't seem like a bad idea at all. I can see these being popular with video editors and maybe people who do 3D rendering.
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    AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls , May 4, 2011 2:51 AM
    Actually, I forgot to add the motherboard. Add $100 for that and you get ~$1850. $150 to get it in this form factor, even if it's not very expandable, is a no-brainer.
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    Houndsteeth , May 4, 2011 3:08 AM
    OK, looking at the componentry, comparing it to part prices on NewEgg, etc., and the first thing I have to say...

    ...the price is actually reasonable for what you get, as long as that is all you want. Once you buy an iMac, that's it. No room for upgrades. But for what you get, the price is actually not too far off from the parts-only price. And that's desktop prices, not the mix of mobility parts that the iMac uses (which are actually more expensive in the end).

    What you don't get...the iMac is one of the best-designed computers out there, both for form and function. I had one of the older white G5 iMacs on my desk at work and was constantly complimented on what a nice monitor I had, the folks not realizing that was the whole computer.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 3:09 AM
    But that's the problem with all-in-ones. Not expendable and (already) outdated way before the monitor is.
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    slothy89 , May 4, 2011 3:14 AM
    The Guy above has it right, the Apple Tax only comes in when you start upgrading the specs. Eg the SSD, RAM get very pricey very quickly. As well as tacking on their 3yr support, which is a cpl hundred extra.
    If you look at the hardware ONLY with no upgrades or extras, Apple has a reasonable product.

    And no I'm not an Apple "fan-boy", I own 2 windows pcs self built, and a windows laptop. However I work with macs on a daily basis and can say with confidence that their PCs are good quality. You generally get your money's worth
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    Houndsteeth , May 4, 2011 3:22 AM
    Also, because Apple completely backs their product, I heartily recommend it to folks who ask me what kind of computer they should buy. Why? Because Apple stores are becoming ubiquitous, and I would much rather said person resolve any issues at the Genius bar than call me at 3:00 in the afternoon with questions about how to add a new email account. I cost waaay too much to be someone's help desk.

    Do you pay a premium? Probably. Is it worth it? Undoubtedly. Is this a gamer's dream system? Absolutely not, since it isn't upgradeable. Is this a good machine for someone new to computing? Without a doubt!

    Could I buy a similar system from Dell? Again, most likely. Would that person get the same level of support? I have had experience with this in the past, and I can say, resoundingly, no, because the first call I made, I got "Neal" with a very distinct Mumbai accent, and he couldn't do anything more than read me a script off his screen. And this was corporate support. I can't imagine the horrid state of consumer support.
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    alikum , May 4, 2011 3:24 AM
    appleblowsdonkeyballsDidn't think I'd be saying this but I think it's worth it.27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000Intel Core i5 2400: $190Radeon HD 6970M: comparable to Radeon HD 6850 (but with less power consumption): $1704GB DDR3 RAM: $401TB 7200RPM HDD: $60Power Supply (whatever it may be): $60-80Casing: $100Peripherals: $100Total: ~$1750Paying $250 more to have it all in one case doesn't seem like a bad idea at all. I can see these being popular with video editors and maybe people who do 3D rendering.

    I think you're making a mistake. It is 6970M, a mobility version and it is NOT comparable to a 6850. Not even close.
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    dimamu15 , May 4, 2011 3:32 AM
    "...I think it's worth it."
    then:
    "27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000"
    WHAT?
    Didn't think I'd be saying this but... i think u r an idiot. Well, sorry, maybe u r just a troll, in which case it's fine i guess.

    Hm, might be I am an idiot myself for writing post in the apple article. I'll be better laughing hysterically in a corner.
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    AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls , May 4, 2011 3:35 AM
    alikumI think you're making a mistake. It is 6970M, a mobility version and it is NOT comparable to a 6850. Not even close.


    Actually, yeah it is. Research before you post. It has the exact same core configuration as the HD 6850 and the only difference between both is the fact that the 6970M is clocked 14% lower in the Core and 11% faster on the Memory. In reality it should be around 12% faster. So yes, they are comparable. The 6970M is the mobile version of the desktop Radeon HD 6850.
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    alikum , May 4, 2011 3:37 AM
    dimamu15"...I think it's worth it."then:"27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000"WHAT? Didn't think I'd be saying this but... i think u r an idiot. Well, sorry, maybe u r just a troll, in which case it's fine i guess.Hm, might be I am an idiot myself for writing post in the apple article. I'll be better laughing hysterically in a corner.

    Well, Dell's 27" IPS is around that price too. However, I just wonder if Apple's IPS would work with Windows 7
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    AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls , May 4, 2011 3:37 AM
    dimamu15"...I think it's worth it."then:"27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000"WHAT? Didn't think I'd be saying this but... i think u r an idiot. Well, sorry, maybe u r just a troll, in which case it's fine i guess.Hm, might be I am an idiot myself for writing post in the apple article. I'll be better laughing hysterically in a corner.


    Go here and shut up: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&sku=224-8284&redirect=1

    The Dell U2711 uses the exact same panel. It's $950 now because of temporary savings, but normally it's $1000.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 3:39 AM
    he said a 6850 moran
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    _Cubase_ , May 4, 2011 3:41 AM
    dimamu15"...I think it's worth it."then:"27" 2560x1440 IPS Display: $1000"WHAT? Didn't think I'd be saying this but... i think u r an idiot. Well, sorry, maybe u r just a troll, in which case it's fine i guess.Hm, might be I am an idiot myself for writing post in the apple article. I'll be better laughing hysterically in a corner.


    He was only stating his opinion dude. Chill out. Who's trolling... looks like you to be honest.
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    alikum , May 4, 2011 3:44 AM
    appleblowsdonkeyballsActually, yeah it is. Research before you post. It has the exact same core configuration as the HD 6850 and the only difference between both is the fact that the 6970M is clocked 14% lower in the Core and 11% faster on the Memory. In reality it should be around 12% faster. So yes, they are comparable. The 6970M is the mobile version of the desktop Radeon HD 6850.

    I know it is based off 6850. Perhaps we're looking at diff sets of numbers because from what I see, the 6850 still pulls ahead of the 6970M.
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