This morning, Apple (s aapl) updated its iMac lineup along with the Mac Pro and the new 27″ LED Cinema Display. The iMac now sports faster processors, memory, and graphics chips across the line, and some new options like SSD drives that make them even faster. The 21″ models were upgraded from Core 2 Duo to Core i3 (Core i5 is also an option) and the Core i5 and i7 chips in the 27″ iMac have been bumped up a few GHz.
The graphics processor range now includes the ATI Radeon (s amd) HD 4670, HD 5670, and HD 5750. These graphics chips are decent, and a nice upgrade over last year’s iMacs, but are still middle-of-the-road. Tom’s Hardware has a nice Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart that illustrates how these processors stack up against the latest graphics hardware. One change that will be welcome to videophiles is the addition of audio to the Mini DisplayPort connector to match the latest Mac mini update.
The new iMacs also have faster memory that runs at 1333 MHz, a good improvement over the previous 1066 MHz. A 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), while an expensive option from Apple, is available on the 27″ model as either a replacement of the internal hard drive or in addition to a large 1- or 2TB drive. An SSD boot drive for the system, and apps with a 2TB hard drive for storage would be a killer system for many professionals.
“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”
All of the new iMacs have 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, 8x SuperDrive, Mini DisplayPort with audio and video, 802.11n wireless networking, iSight video camera, Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, four USB 2.0 ports, SDXC card slot, and are bundled with a wireless Apple Keyboard and Magic Mouse. The new Magic Trackpad is available as an option, but does not replace the Magic Mouse.
Base price for the updated iMac falls between $1199 and $1999. It can also go up from there depending on how you configure things.