Earlier today Apple released updated iMacs with quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option to upgrade to Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz, new powerful AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port/ports and an HD camera for FaceTime.
Apple claims that the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.
Apple had this to say about the new iMacs:
The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option for customers to choose Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz. These next generation processors feature an integrated memory controller for an amazingly responsive experience and a powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, the new iMac has the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop.
iMac is the first desktop computer on the market to include groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on an all-in-one computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire® and USB consumer devices, and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.
What do you think about the new iMacs? Are you planning to buy one?
[via Apple PR]