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September 25, 2013 - Dave Hecei
This morning, Tuesday September 24, Apple released all new updated iMacs. Two new 21.5-inch models and two new 27-inch models. As predicted, these new models use the latest Intel Core i5 quad-core processor known as Haswell. It was a nice surprise that Apple released these new machines with just a press release and not a press event. They still have new MacBook Pros, iPads, and iPods to release this fall, along with the already announced new Mac Pro.
The form of the new iMacs are identical to the 'late fall 2012' model with an extremely thin edge. Most of the major changes are on the inside. The new Haswell chipset brings USB 3.0 ports to the iMac. The base 21-inch model runs at 2.7GHz and has just the integrated graphics in Haswell. It's called Intel Iris and has very good performance for an integrated solution. The higher-end 21-inch model runs at 2.9GHz and has dedicated video using the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M.
The 27-inch model has always been Apple's flagship 'non-pro' desktop. Trust me, there are a lot of pros that use them. The base model runs at 3.2 GHz and has GeForce GT 755M graphics. The top-end 27-inch model runs at 3.4 GHz and has the GeForce GTX 775M graphics card with 2GB of video memory.
Of course these are for machines you'll find on the shelves ready to go. You can always custom order your new iMac on the online Apple Store. Other options are faster Core i7 processors, larger hard drives, and more memory. Apple has also adopted the much faster PCI-E bus connection for SSD storage instead of the slower SATA connection. This was first used in the updated MacBook Air that was released this June. This type of connection allows for much faster data reads and writes. Storage options are traditional spinning drives, Apple Fusion drives, and full SSDs.
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