Apple today updated its iMac line, with a number of performance upgrades. Of most interest to musicians will probably be the fourth-generation Intel quad-core processors, improved graphic system, next generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options.
- The entry-level 21. 5-inch iMac features a 2 . 7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and Iris Pro graphics.
- The high-end 21. 5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 cpus up to 3. 4 GHz, -NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation.
Here are the key features of the new versions:
- Clients can upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3. 5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with as much as 4GB of video memory.
- The iMac line 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 quicker than the previous generation.
- The updated iMac also features support for PCIe-based flash storage space that makes Fusion Drive and all-flash storage options up to 50 percent quicker than the previous generation.
- The Fusion Drive option combines the large storage capacity of a harddrive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and quicker access to apps and files. Clients can configure their iMac with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are available nowadays 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 as much as 32GB of memory and up to some 3TB hard drive. iMac also includes two Thunderbolt and four USB 3. 0 ports for connecting to external storage and other high performance peripherals.
- iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5. 2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating. iMac features LED-backlit shows that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac includes PVC-free elements and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and uses highly recyclable materials and material-efficient packaging styles.
Pricing & Availability
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 Gigahertz and Intel Iris Pro for the suggested retail price of $1, 299 (US); and with a 2 . nine GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to three or more. 6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M for a suggested store 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 Gigahertz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M for a suggested retail price of $1, 799 (US); and with a three or more. 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).