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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 24, 2013

iMac Update Has Haswell & 802.11ac WiFi. Price Starts At $1299

Apple's announced that the desktop lineup, iMac has been refreshed. The new iMac machines will now ship with Intel Haswell processor and improved 802.11ac WiFi. The basic iMac 21.5" model hosts a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor with new Iris Pro GPU. The high end versions, both 21.5" & 27", have been equipped with quad-core i5 processors and up to 3.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 700 GPUs. The new hardware has been claimed to offer 2x video memory and about 40% faster performance than the earlier generation. Those who want the best of the hardware may get Intel Core i7 (quad-core) processor with 3.5 GHz frequency and GeForce GTX 780M GPU from NVIDIA with 4GB of video memory.

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The new machines have been equipped with the latest wireless modules as well. Apple had introduced 802.11ac Wi-Fi in the 2013 Macbook Air refresh and it was just a matter of time that the new wireless hardware made it to the iMac desktops. The new wireless standard delivers about 3X the speed and range as compared to the earlier standards.

But that's not all for the new iMacs. These machines will now have support for PCIe based flash storage that make the 'Fusion Drives' to operate at 50% faster speeds. The fusion drive is a combo of regular HDD and SSDs to offer the high storage capacities of HDD and the faster read/write speeds of the SSDs. Customers will be able to configure their iMac machines with 1 or 3 TB Fusion Drive or go with all-Flash drive with 1TB storage capacity.

The new machines ship with 8GB of RAM and default 1TB storage space. The memory of these machines can be upgraded to about 32GB. For connectivity, iMacs have two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports.

Those interested in all the details may take a look at the following press release-

Apple® today updated iMac® with fourth generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. The updated iMac brings the latest technology to the stunningly thin design and gorgeous display of the world's leading all-in-one desktop.

"Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage."

"iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage."

The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation.* Customers looking for the ultimate in performance can upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.

iMac now supports next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station, iMac delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster than the previous generation.

The updated iMac now features support for PCIe-based flash storage that makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50 percent faster than the previous generation.* The popular Fusion Drive option combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files. Customers can configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB.

iMac comes standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, and customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and up to a 3TB hard drive. iMac also comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.

Continuing Apple's commitment to energy efficiency and the environment, iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating.** iMac features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac includes PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and uses highly recyclable materials and material-efficient packaging designs.

iMac ships with OS X® Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay® Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac®. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®.

Pricing & Availability

The new iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and Intel Iris Pro for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US). The 27-inch iMac is available with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US). Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/imac.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Sep 24, 2013
By the way - I've no idea whether this update will have any effect on the price of iMac in India. I hope it doesn't push the prices up! I'm sad that the iMac 27" now goes way beyond Rs.1,22,000. 😕

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