New iMacs Feature 21.5 and 27-inch Displays and Available Quad-Core Processors

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Well, the Apple Store went down, and we waited with bated breath. And most of what people expected to see came true. One of those expectations was new iMacs, and Apple’s (s aapl) all-in-one desktops did indeed get a nice upgrade and redesign. That means you’re old hat, iMac which I’m typing this up on right now.

The new iMacs feature LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays, with a new edge-to-edge glass and seamless aluminum case design. It’s quite the sexy little get up, and it’s sure to turn a few heads. Also sure to turn heads is the introduction of quad-core processors to the iMac line, though the entry level model still sports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor by default.

In the official Apple press release detailing the new hardware, Phil Schiller focused on the LED-backlighting and the inclusion of the new Magic Mouse when talking up the new all-in-ones:

The iMac is widely praised as the best desktop computer in the world and today we are making it even better. With brilliant LED displays and the revolutionary Magic Mouse, the new iMac delivers an amazing desktop experience that we think customers will love.

The new displays feature 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for the 21.5-inch, and 2560 x 1440 for the 27-inch, which mathematically inclined readers will note makes the aspect ratio for the screens 16:9. That’s good news for HD movie and TV show watchers, but the changed ratio might not excite web and print professionals quite as much. Still, as Apple points out, the display on the new 27-inch screen does provide 60 percent more working area, which is never a bad thing.

Graphics computing power also gets a boost in the new line. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated card is still around, but the ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete card is an option on the 21.5- and 27-inch model, while the ATI Radeon HD 4850 is reserved as an option exclusively available for the bigger computer. The new iMacs now have 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM standard, and the potential to increase that to up to 16GB.

As for storage space, you’ll get 500GB in the base 21.5-inch model, or 1TB in the mid-range 21.5-inch or top-of-the-line 27-inch versions. All drives operate at 7200 rpm. Of the four available models, only the most expensive 27-inch 2.66 GHz version offers a Core i5 chip, with an option to upgrade to the Core i7. All three of the other models offer the Intel Core 2 Duo processor operating at 3.06GHz. Four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800, and a brand new SD card slot are also standard on all models.

New iMac owners get a nice bonus when it comes to input devices, as wireless keyboards and the new Magic Mouse, which only comes in a wireless (Bluetooth) variety, are now standard with every machine. Apple is clearly doing its best to de-clutter your workspace, or at least to add to the perceived value of its machines, since the price points of the new models have not changed as some had suspected. The base models are priced at $1,199, $1,499, $1,699 and $1,999 respectively.

So long as you aren’t in the market for the $2,000 quad-core beast, you can order now from the Apple Store and your computer should ship in 1-3 business days. The Core i5 model isn’t shipping until “November,” according to Apple’s website, which is maddeningly vague. Attempting to upgrade to the Core i7 does nothing to remedy the situation, which doesn’t come as a surprise.

Finally, I spotted a new Apple Remote as an add-on option on the ordering screen. Not an iMac exclusive, but the little guy does get an aluminum makeover, with black buttons, and looks much fancier. Is it worth an additional $19 now? Not sure, but at least it matches the machine it works with.

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Saul

Your article is wrong. So far to date, there are no ways to input a Blu-Ray player or, for example, an Xbox 360 (unless you want to pay £250 for an unstable converter). For a company which likes to boast “Now with an amazing display!”, it makes no sense why there is only an output. If we have such an amazing screen, why would there be any reason for us to want to use a different screen? There is no reason. It’s stupid. Consumers want to be able to use their Blu-Ray players and consoles on it.
Apple are the most egotistical developers out there. They will not have a Blu-Ray player until they develop their own branded one. Pathetic being that you can buy a £400 computer and have a Blu-Ray player as standard.

Aitch

Looks great but just a shame only one firewire 800 port – had my card ready to buy one until I noticed that :0(

Program Ä°ndir

think it is great that Blu Ray is not included. First it would raise the price, second, digital DL is the future no doubt. Besides iMac now comes wiht HDMI input so you can attach your own Blue Ray player.

mohannad

may i take the new IMac 27 or new macbook pro 17 inch … i heard thats the core 17 is great ….so what do u think … plz i neeed ful answer ..thanx alot

Nekbeth

Don’t think about it. Get the iMac. Quad core makes all the difference, besides you have a Super HD 27″ screen & up to 16gb of ram. I’m a industrial designer & this iMac runs all those expensive & demanding softwares from Autodesk, so forget the book & go PRO for real.

mohannad

hi guys ..im just wondring ..my fav application are graphics like ( 3ds maya – ArchiCAD- 3ds max – artlantis ) coz am arcutectural eng- so what do you think a bout this new IMac

and you know that this applicatio need powerfull processors and graphic card and i dont know about ATI .. isnt good enough or what … sorry but really i need some one to tell me about this ..thnx alot ..here is my e mail
[email protected]

Alberto Hernandez

@ DJ Anus

You will be able to connect your 360 to it but lag has to do with the internet, not Apple. Talk to your cable/phone/satellite company about your lag.

These new iMacs look amazing!

Jashue

Why does Apple assume that the average consumer has little use for a numerical keyboard. Yeah– I know that one can be had for extra, but the default keyboard is without. It doesn’t make sense.

For the most part though, I think yesterday’s announcements were terrific!

PhoenixMist

order it online and you can get the full keyboard for no extra money (iMac) however as of right now thay don’t have a full wireless yet. MacBook pro 17″ should have kept the numerical keyboard n my opinion. So yeah I agree.

Louis

No option for a matte finish still :( Ah well, I better read some Win 7 reviews.

Jim

Seeing these new iMacs makes me wish I hadn’t just spent $1,000 on a 30″ screen for a near 3 year old MacPro!

Notice anything missing in the announcements today? No MacPro news. Not that there normally would be this time of year. But when you consider how powerful the iMac just got, you have to wonder how much longer the MacPro has in the eyes of Steve Jobs. There’s certainly a market for it. But with the iMac’s power the last few years (and the large monitor sizes it comes with), that market is surely shrinking.

DJ Anus

If a 360 can be plugged in to the 27″ and be played without any lag then I’m sold.

Any word on this being possible?

Mike

i think it is great that Blu Ray is not included. First it would raise the price, second, digital DL is the future no doubt. Besides iMac now comes wiht HDMI input so you can attach your own Blue Ray player.

Tom

An interesting addition to the 27 inch iMac is the ability to use it as a monitor by plugging a video source into the displayport.

“also support input from external DisplayPort sources (adapters sold separately).”

The Core i5 and i7 models should be interesting to see when they are torn apart, since based on the speeds, this means they have desktop processors in them. Up till now, Apple has only used Intel’s mobile or workstation class processors. Chipset wise, it’s probably back to an Intel chipset, since NVidia doesn’t have a Core i5/i7 compatible chipset.

Scott

Can someone explain to me why Apple refuses to offer Blu Ray as an option?

I’m get not making it standard – but why can I create HD movies on my Mac but not watch one???

Tom

Same reason the 360 doesn’t offer Blu Ray. Apple and Microsoft both run digital video stores, and want to push that as the way to move to HD video.

I personally think it’s bad that neither company even offers it as an option, especially when Microsoft used to offer an HD-DVD addon for the 360.

James

“The new displays feature 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for the 21.5-inch, and 2560 x 1440 for the 27-inch, which mathematically inclined readers will note makes the aspect ratio for the screens 16:9. That’s good news for HD movie and TV show watchers, but the changed ratio might not excite web and print professionals quite as much.”
I’m probably just missing something, not being in the print or web business myself, but what’s highly objectionable in the changed aspect ratio? I would have thought that really, what’s important for the relevant applications for those businesses is the window size/aspect, not the screen size/aspect. I know a lot of the people who read the site are in the web/print fields, however, and I’m hoping someone can give me the background.

Cypy

As a web designer, I can say that it is more difficult to orient any layout to stretch to fill a wide screen. First of all, people naturally have an easier time reading blocks of text when they are narrow (that’s why newspapers and magazines have multiple columns). Some people might complain that their websites look bad on wide displays because there is a whole lot of empty space on the side of the website because the designer has limited the width to make it readable. Personally, I don’t think that a wide screen is a problem, in fact, I like it. Most mac owners don’t stretch their windows to fill the whole screen, so worrying about that there will be a big, wasteful swatch of empty screen is irrelevant. Also, new CSS and HTML is being developed that allows column layouts, so in the future, I predict we will see more websites that look less like a long, thin line down the middle of a wide window, and more like a printed newspaper.

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