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.