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Apple Updates 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac with Haswell

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Haswell ahoy!

With the successful launch of not one but two new iPhones under its belt, Apple could be forgiven for taking a couple of days breather before making another big announcement. But no, it's all go at Cupertino today, as Apple has announced a long overdue update to its iMac line.

 

Apple this morning announced that it would be adding Intel's fourth generation Haswell processors as well as new graphics, next generation WiFi and faster PCIe flash storage options. The 21.5-inch entry-level iMac now comes with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU and a new Iris Pro graphics. The 27-inch model and the higher-end 21.5-inch model use quad-core Core i5s up to 3.4 GHz and Nvidia's GeForce 700 series graphics. Customers also have the option of upping that to a 3.5 GHz Core i7 and GeForce GTX 780M graphics. the iMac now sports 802.11ac WiFi, 8 GB of RAM as standard, a 1 TB hard drive, two Thunderbolt ports, and four USB 3.0 ports. Customers can also up the RAM to 32 GB and storage to a 3 TB HDD.

 

"iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of Worldwide Marketing. "Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage."

Pricing for the new 21-inch iMac starts at $1,299, while the 27-inch model starts at $1,799. The new line is already available through Apple's online store and retail stores. No word on when the company's Pro laptops will get the same Haswell-flavored treatment.

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    tipoo , September 24, 2013 1:16 PM
    The 700 GPUs are hardly any faster and based on the same silicon as 600M, Haswell is hardly any faster, and on the low end there may even be a slight drop with the Iris Pro 5200 in more games than not. Meh.

    They should at least start doing Momentus XT hybrid drives as standard, if they are insistant on 5400rpm laptop drives.
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    cmi86 , September 24, 2013 6:22 PM
    yay...
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    bryonhowley , September 25, 2013 12:18 AM
    So it is still laptop parts in a big screen for a high price! Still abetter option to buy Mountain Lion and install it on to my Desktop and dual boot Windows 8 and OS X 10.8.5 Hackintosh. Plus I have a Hackintosh faster than anything Apple has to offer short of there Mac Pro!
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    inthere , September 25, 2013 5:46 AM
    No, the better option is to not ruin a perfectly good PC by putting crappy OSX on it. Hackintoshes are the biggest waste of energy ever.
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    inthere , September 25, 2013 5:49 AM
    No, the better option is to not ruin a perfectly good PC by putting crappy OSX on it. Hackintoshes are the biggest waste of energy ever.