Today came the news that many of you had been patiently waiting for, the new iMac 2011 refresh. Earlier when the Apple store went down, it was a good indication that the new models would soon be here and Debbie here at OSM has kindly given us official spec details, pricing and release information.
In order to get a good overall picture of what the new iMac 2011 has in terms of features compared to the 2010 model, we have listed some of its key specs to possibly help you in your decision making. Firstly if we cast our minds back to the summer of last year, the Apple iMac was one of the biggest in terms of all-in-one desktops.
Cnet.com reported back then, the DisplayPort seen on the older iMac gave users the opportunity to pursue home entertainment, SDXC card slot provided slot support cards up to 2TB in size. On looking at the iMac then, it was released with Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, ATI Radeon graphics and as AppleInsider stated then dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93GHz, although the frustration was felt when a HDMI port and Blu-Ray drive was not included.
As fastcompany.com reported, the new iMac 2011 has really not changed from its predecessor, but the 2 biggest changes have to be the inclusion of Sandy Bridge CPUs allowing the quad-core i5 processors to run at 2.5GHz on the 21-inch model, 3.1GHz on the higher ended 27-inch model with an optional Core i7 processor with 3.4GHz speeds, Thunderbolt connection port allowing the refreshed iMac to perform at faster speeds in fact 70%. As well as this, the iMac iSight cameras have now been changed to an improved FaceTime HD standard and refreshed range of AMD Radeon HD graphics.
No doubt many of you are happy with today’s news but there will be a percentage of you wondering why the new iMac 2011 model hasn’t really changed, were you expecting a new SSD or design with say the new MacBook Air model?
So it begs the question, with the new refreshed models, were you expecting something a little more, or are you satisfied with the new add-ons, did the new iMacs just need a few adjustments?