News: New iMacs Faster, Thunderbolt

Posted on May 3, 2011

Looks like Thunderbolt is making its way across the lineup. Today, Apple introduced refreshed iMacs that include one or two Thunderbolt ports, along with quad-core processors and faster graphics. They feature the same design as their predecessors, but the 27″ model can now drive two external displays.

More from Apple’s press release:

Apple today updated its signature all-in-one iMac with next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation.

“Our customers love the iMac’s aluminum enclosure, gorgeous display and all-in-one design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, Thunderbolt technology and a FaceTime HD camera, we’ve made the world’s best desktop even better.”

The new iMac features quad-core Intel Core i5 processors with an option for customers to choose Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz. These next generation processors feature an integrated memory controller for an amazingly responsive experience and a powerful new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, the new iMac has the most powerful graphics ever in an all-in-one desktop.

iMac is the first desktop computer on the market to include groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion…

Also notable is the option to swap the Magic Mouse for the Magic Trackpad at no extra cost. Obviously, they’re the same price separately, but you could not choose what came bundled before.

So, what will have Thunderbolt next—the Mac mini, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro?

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