Apple’s mobile business is chugging right along with the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but today the Cupertino clan is sprucing up its traditional computers as well. The company has announced that it’s refreshing its iMac series of desktops to include quad-core Haswell processors from Intel, upgraded graphics cards, new storage options and 802.11ac WiFi.
More specifically, the entry-level 21.5-inch iMac now sports a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i5 chip, along with Intel Iris Pro graphics. The upgraded 21.5-inch model and the 27-inch model, meanwhile, both come with up to 3.4GHz Core i5 chips and Nvidia GeForce 700 series graphics. The latter two can be configured with up to a 3.5GHz Core i7 chip and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics as well.
All of the new models now support the aforementioned 802.11ac WiFi standard. Also included is support for PCIe-based flash storage, which Apple touts as being 50 percent faster than the storage options in previous iMacs. Those options now include either 1TB or 3TB of Fusion Drive (i.e., hybrid) storage, or 1TB of straight SSD space.
All of the refreshed iMacs are available today. The base 21.5-inch model starts at $1300, while an updated version starts at $1500. The base 27-inch model starts at $1800, with its upgraded configuration coming in at $2000.
Source: Apple (via Business Wire)