Apple Updates iMac with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Haswell Processors, up to 1TB Flash Storage

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Apple today updated their iMac models with a slew of technological enhancements including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 3.7GHz i7 Haswell processors, and up to 4GB of VRAM.

Base 21.5-inch iMacs now start with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and the new Iris Pro graphics chip. Higher end 21.5 and 27-inch models have the same i5 processors going up to 3.4GHz and add NVIDIA GeForce 700 sereis graphics chips. Build-to-order options allow customers to go all the way up to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors running as fast as 3.5GHz with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards with 4GB of VRAM.

All new iMacs, including the base models, support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, and base models start with a healthy 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. BTO options let you boost that up to 32GB of RAM and a 3TB hard drive. Fusion drives up to 3TB can also be configured and, according to Apple, will run even faster now that the iMac supports PCEe-based flash storage.

Pricing

21.5" iMac with 2.7GHz i5 CPU = US$1,299

21.5" iMac with 2.9GHz i5 CPU and NVIDIA 750M = $1,499

27" iMac with 3.2GHz i5 CPU and NVIDIA 755M = $1,799

27" iMac with 3.4GHz i5 CPU and NVIDIA 775M = $1,999

27" iMac with 3.5GHz i7, 4GB NVIDIA 780M, 16GB RAM and 3TB Fusion Drive = $2,899

The new iMacs offer build-to-order options including up to a 1TB Flash Storage Module

Build-To-Order Options

$200 to bump from a 3.4GHz i5 to a 3.5GHz i7 processor

$200 to bump from 8GB to 16GB of RAM, $600 to bump from 8GB to 32GB of RAM

$200 to add Fusion Drive to the 1TB capacity. $350 to go to a 3TB Fusion drive configuration

$1,000 to put in up to 1TB Flash Storage

$150 to bump 27" model up from 2GB NVIDIA 775M to 4GB NVIDIA 780M

 

Comments

ibuck

Great upgrades. Hope to see the same type of improvements in quad core CPU’s, RAM, HDD’s in new Mac Mini’s.

Perhaps a CPU expert can explain how these quad-core Intel chips are still called i5 CPU’s?

KitsuneStudios

Apple has used the quad core desktop version of the i5 chip in all the iMac models since 2009.

The i7 features hyper-threading in addition to slightly higher clock rates, and a larger L3 cache.

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