News is coming thick and fast today about the new iMac 2011 release, which has in the last few minutes been made official. We told how the refresh was likely to be today and then the fact that the Apple Store was down. We can now confirm specs and also let you know that these refreshed models are available with shipping within 24 hours.
As just about everyone expected, the Thunderbolt port that originally came to the refreshed MacBook Pro in February has now made its way to the latest iMac line. Sandy Bridge quad-core processors have also arrived as anticipated and there’s also a Facetime HD camera on the latest models. We know how many of you were waiting for the latest all-in-one desktops and prices start from $1,199 though we’ll bring you full pricing details soon.
The latest iMac comes in two versions each of two sizes, 21.5-inch and 27-inch and the smaller version have a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch models have two of these new ports. The 21.5-inch screen has a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution while the 27-inch has a resolution beyond HD of 2560 x 1440. There is edge-to-edge glass, a tapered pedestal, integrated speakers and a seamless enclosure.
The quad-core Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processors come as standard with the 21.5-inch having a 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz, configurable to a 2.8GHz Core i7, and the 27-inch featuring a 2.7GHZ or 3.1GHz Core i5 or you can configure up to a Core i7 processor.
The new iMac also features 4GB of memory, configurable to 16GB, and the base 21.5-inch model comes with a 500GB hard drive or there’s also a 1TB model, which can also be configured up. The 27-inch models come with a 1TB hard drive as standard, configurable to a 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive. The 21-inch model comes with either an AMD Radeon HD 6750M or 6770M graphics card.
The 27-inch comes with the 6770M graphics card or 6970M. The iMac runs on OS X Snow Leopard and there doesn’t appear to be any major cosmetic change to the previous models. You can find out more about the new iMac 2011 at apple.com, or come back shortly when we’ll be bringing you all the price details
What are your early impressions of the new iMacs? Do they include the features you wanted or is anything missing for you?
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