Apple releases new quad-core iMacs with FaceTime HD and Thunderbolt support

Tue, May 3, 2011


As had been rumored last week, Apple today released new iMac models with Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt support, and new FaceTime HD cameras.

“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” Phi Schiller said in a press release. “With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we’ve made the world’s best desktop even better.”

The new iMacs all feature next-gen quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with the option to upgrade up to a Core i7 processor running at 3.4GHz. Apple touts the new iMacs as being 70% faster than their predecessors while offering three times the graphics performance as the previous models thanks to its AMD Radeon HD graphics processor.

Also, the new FaceTime cameras on the iMacs support HD video calls between all FacTime HD enabled Macs and iOS devices with FaceTime support. Lastly, the 21.5-inch iMac has one Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch iMac comes with two.

Price wise, here are the base configurations. Note that all the models now come with 4GB of RAM and configurable up to 16GB.

21.5″ 2.5GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6750M, 500GB hard drive, $1199

21.5″ 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB hard drive, $1499

27″ 2.7GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6770M, 1TB hard drive, $1699

27″ 3.1GHz Quad Core i5, AMD 6970M, 1TB hard drive, $1999


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