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Apple Unleashes New Quad-core iMacs with Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD

Written on May 04, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Last Tuesday, Apple updated its all-in-one line of iMac desktops by adding the quad-core iMacs with Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD technology in the family.

reveals its new that Intel Core i5 processors, which boasts integrated memory controller and powerful video encoding and decoding. According to the Cupertino-based company, the new have the most powerful graphics in an all-in-one desktop because of its AMD Radeon HD graphics processor.

It also includes the Thunderbolt I/O technology, and a built-in FaceTime HD camera and software for crisp, widescreen video calling. Moreover, the new camera supports high-definition video calls between all FaceTime HD-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls for iPad 2, iPhone 4, the latest generation of iPod touch and other Intel-based Macs. Apple’s new quad-core iMacs also highlights its signature aluminum and glass design, IPS LED-backlit high-resolution display, SD card slot, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

The quad-core iMacs will be available at the Apple Store, its retail stores and authorized resellers, with prices starting at $1,999. See the complete tech and configurations below.

TECH SPECS

21.5-inch iMac

21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels

* $1,119
– 2.5Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
– 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
– 500GB hard drive
– AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

* $1,499
– 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)
– 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
– 1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
– AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

27-inch iMac

27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels

* $1,699
– 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
– 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
– 1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256 solid-state second drive)
– AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

* $1,999
– 3.1Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 3.4Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7)
– 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
– 1TB hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
– AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory (configurable to AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB DDR5)

CONFIGURATIONS

Video Support and Camera
* FaceTime HD camera
* Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display
* Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes

Audio
* Built-in stereo speakers
* Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
* Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
* Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
* Built-in microphone
* Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

Connections and Expansion
* One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
* Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
* Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
* One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
* Four USB 2.0 ports
* SDXC card slot
* Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* Audio in/out
* 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
* IR receiver

Input
* Apple Wireless Keyboard
* Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement), and embedded numeric keypad
* Magic Mouse: Smooth, seamless Multi-Touch surface with support for simple gestures (scrolling and swiping). Click and double-click anywhere. Ambidextrous construction accommodates left- and right-handed users.
* Magic Trackpad: Solid-state scrolling trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch and expand, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, rotate, screen zoom, scroll, click and drag, click drag and lock, secondary click A and B

Wireless
* Wi-Fi: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
* Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology

SIZE AND WEIGHT

21-inch
Height: 17.75 inches (45.1 cm)
Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)
Depth: 7.42 inches (18.85 cm)
Weight: 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg)

27-inch
Height: 20.4 inches (51.7 cm)
Width: 25.6 inches (65.0 cm)
Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm)
Weight: 30.5 pounds (13.8 kg)

ELECTRICAL AND OPERATING REQUIREMENTS

Line voltage: 100-240V AC
* Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
* Maximum continuous power: 205W (21.5-inch models); 310W (27-inch models)
* Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
* Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-20° to 47° C)
* Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
* Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
* Typical acoustical performance
* Sound pressure level (operator position): 18 dBA at idle

INCLUDED SOFTWARE

Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more.
iLife: Includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb.


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