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Thunderbolt I/O Strikes on New Quad-Core Apple iMacs

Written on May 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Hear the speed-shattering roar of Thunderbolt and Intel quad-core processors in Apple's new iMac line-up.

If there’s anything users would want from iMacs other than its sleek and slender design, it’s their sweet sounding that resonate the brilliance of human ingenuity. has recently updated its line-up with nothing less than the incredible speed of connection ports, ’s new quad-core Sandy Bridge processors, and FaceTime HD. Of course, brilliance has a price, but you couldn’t care less, right?

Tech Specs
21.5-inch iMac
21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
$1,119
2.5Ghz quad-core Intel Core with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
500GB hard drive
AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

$1,499
2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7)
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

27-inch iMac
27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors
Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels

$1,699
2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 16GB)
1TB 7200rpm hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256 solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory

$1,999
3.1Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 3.4Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7)
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (configurable to 16GB)
1TB hard drive (configurable to 2TB hard drive or 256GB solid-state second drive)
AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory (configurable to AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB DDR5)

All new iMacs include:
Video Support and Camera
FaceTime HD camera
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display

Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes

Audio
Built-in stereo speakers
Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
Built-in microphone
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

Connections and Expansion
One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
Four USB 2.0 ports
SDXC card slot
Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Audio in/out
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
IR receiver

Wireless
Wi-Fi: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless

In the Box
iMac
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Magic Mouse
Power cord
Install/restore DVDs
Printed and electronic documentation

Included Software
Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more.

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