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Apple during June’s WWDC updated its MacBook Air lineup with the latest-generation Intel chips and related hardware bumps, leaving the rest of the Mac lineup intact. Today, the company has refreshed its iMac all-in-one lineup via a simple press release, clearing the stage for October iPads.

The upgraded internals include faster fourth-generation Intel Haswell platform sporting power-efficient quad-core CPU. Also new: better graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal…

The faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi (also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi) paves the way for up to three times faster wireless data transfers compared to the previous generation. Apple of course recently updated its AirPort wireless appliances with 802.11ac compatibility.

Due to the new PCIe-based flash storage (also found in the mid-2013 MacBook Air), Apple says the iMac’s optional Fusion Drive (a HDD + SDD combo) is now up to 50 percent faster than the previous generation.

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You can now configure your iMac with up to 1TB of all-flash storage and choose between a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive. All iMac models come standard with 8GB of memory (expandable to 32GB of RAM) and a 1TB hard drive, as well as two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports on the back.

A media release quotes marketing chief Phil Schiller as saying:

iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be. 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.

There are three basic configurations to choose from.

The entry-level $1,299 iMac with a 21.5-inch screen, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics that AnandTech says offers “substantial power savings” in non-gaming apps and decent speed.

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The flagship 27-inch model is available in two configurations: a $1,799 variant with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 755M GPU and a $1,999 model with a bit faster 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and the same Nvidia graphics as its lower-priced counterpart.

In case you were wondering, the GeForce 700 series graphics features twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation. Build-to-order options include a quad-core Intel Core i7 processors clocked at up to 3.5GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.

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The new iMacs should be available via the online Apple Store starting today, as well as through Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

More information on the new iMacs is available on Apple’s website.

Next month, Apple is slated to release OS X Mavericks. Also, the rumor-mill thinks new iPads are up for an announcement on October 15 and we heard whispers of an impending new Apple TV hardware.

More on Apple’s agenda: November availability of the new Mac Pro and likely updates to the rest of the Mac lineup, including a Haswell-upgrade for the Mac mini and Retina MacBook Pros.

  • Tiago Fernandes

    Apple updated the Macbook air, not the entire lineup of MacBooks

  • The Shoonchy 

    Damn, my iMac is now last generation

  • Jonathan

    Apple didn’t update the MacBook Pros at WWDC, I’m certain because I’ve been without a computer for the whole summer.

  • Lnds500

    No Mac mini love yet?

    • Al

      My 2012 Mac Mini is still going strong!

      Just wish they had a dedicated graphic card…

  • Sean Cua

    They never refreshed the Macbook pro. WTF please check the content. There has been a lot of wrong posts these past few days.

  • Pitchy

    Woohoo! We just had a hard drive crash on our main iMac last night and had been talking about purchasing a new iMac since the one we are using is from 2008. I told my wife that I would like to wait until the new refresh… and I would attempt to replace the hard drive so we can limp along until the new ones arrive. I consider this a sign that we need to go ahead and buy a new one now 😀

  • Sebastian Giles

    When are the damn MacBook pros gonna be updated to haswell? I’ve been holding up all summer, and can’t stand my Windows PC anymore

  • Lnds500

    I am confused… I am trying to match the processors to Intel’s models.

    The basic model should have the Intel® Core™ i7-4750HQ Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz), not an i5 processor – none of those matches. Any help? Am I missing something?

    • Pitchy

      I noticed when checking the pricing that if you select the
      27-inch: 3.2GHz model, you only get that processor… but if you pick the 3.4ghz, you can then select the i5 or the i7 processor for the upgrade. I don’t believe that the price difference is $200 off from buying the stand alone CPU… like if you were piecing together a system, it would not be a $200 bump going to the 3.4 haswell chip… but it’s Apple after all and they like their money.

  • Frank Ding

    If you check the iMac website, some of their pictures are wrong. Wherever they mention fourth-gen processors, they have first-gen logos instead of the 4th gen logos.

  • Shiv

    Apple during June’s WWDC updated its entire MacBook lineup with the latest-generation Intel chips and related hardware bumps, leaving the rest of the Mac lineup intact.

    I’m sorry, ENTIRE macbook lineup? Bull… MacBook Pro and retina models all left intact too. Only Air was upgraded. Get your facts straight

    • FOFF

      8and that air upgrade still does not give it mac book pro performance.. can we get an air pro mac book please

      • Shiv

        Yeah it’s a bit faster than the old MacBook Pro cos of the upgraded internals but the MacBook Pro still owns it in graphics and beastly power.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        That’s the whole point. The MacBook Pro is SERIOUSLY pushing thermal limits in the case they designed for it. It’s not physically possible for the Air to have the same performance. Even if it was, it would make no sense. If you made it that powerful, you’d destroy its incredible battery life, which is one of the biggest reasons to get an Air.

  • FOFF

    oh great…. i will get 3 more years out of my 7 month old imac.. 27″

  • Shiv

    Have the decency, iDB, to at least post an “update” at the bottom of your post informing us what you have edited instead of just changing it silently.