After a brief down period this morning, the Apple Store came back up with a newly-updated iMac being offered. This latest revision of the all-in-one desktop computer features a new graphics card, quad-core processors, a new built-in HD camera, and either one or two Thunderbolt ports, depending on the model.
These new iMacs are powered by quad-core Core i5 processors in speeds up to 3.1GHz (with a BTO option for an i7 processor up to 3.4 GHz) and sport AMD Radeon 6790M Graphics processors.
Memory is the same 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM modules used in the previous model, and there are four slots. Apple is currently offering configurations up to 16GB, but we’ll be doing our own MaxRAM certification testing to see just how much these new machines can handle, so stay tuned here on the OWC Blog for that news.
Probably the biggest new feature is the addition of Thunderbolt ports to the iMacs – a single port on the 21.5-inch model and a pair of them on the 27″ model. In case you’re unfamiliar with Thunderbolt, it effectively allows for both video expansion and high-speed data transfer, which means that with just a couple of cables, you can quickly turn one of these iMacs from a simple desktop machine to a multi-display, high data throughput powerhouse that’s perfect as a multimedia workstation. While there are currently few displays expressly made for Thunderbolt connection, you can easily use a mini DisplayPort monitor or adapter (you just won’t be able to daisy-chain devices) and more will become available as the port becomes more widely adopted. The same goes with storage – there are a couple of Thunderbolt drives available right now, but more are coming out every day, and you’ll soon be able to find them at your favorite peripherals vendor.
These new Macs start at $1199 for the 21.5″ iMac and $1699 for the 27″ model and are already available online and at most Apple retail stores. We’ll be getting ours in soon, so be sure to keep an eye out here on the OWC Blog for benchmarking results, compatibility reports and other important info regarding these new additions to the iMac line.