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.
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.
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.
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.
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.