Apple Updates iMac With Intel Haswell Processors

Apple adds faster storage, Wi-Fi and processors to iMac range

Apple has updated its iMac range with fourth-generation Intel Haswell quad core processors and a host of other upgrades, including faster Wi-Fi, flash storage and enhanced graphics capabilities.

The ultra-thin computers received a major update last November and Apple saud it is confident that by adding the latest technology underneath, it can lay claim to being the best all-in-one on the market.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.”

New iMacs

Apple iMacThe entry level model boasts a 21.5-inch screen and is powered by an Intel i5 2.7GHz processor along with Iris Pro graphics.

The higher spec 21.5-inch and 27-inch varieties feature quad core processors of up to 3.4GHz and Nvidia GeForce 700 series graphics capable of offering twice the video memory and 40 percent more performance than the previous generation of iMacs. Customers can increase the power further still by adding on an i7 processor or better graphics capabilities.

All models support 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is capable of providing three times faster connectivity and PCIe flash storage, which promises to be 50 percent faster. All-flash drives are available in configurations of up to 1TB, while fusion drives, which combine the space of hard disk and the speed of flash, are available in 1TB and 3GB varieties.

The iMac comes with two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3 ports and the standard 8GB of memory can be upgraded up to 32GB. All models are available from today with the 21.5-inch entry level model costing from £1,149 and the 27-inch model starting at £1,749.

Apple announced two new smartphones, the iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C, earlier this month and claims to have sold nine million combined units since they were released last Friday.

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