While smartphone lovers await news of the iPhone 5`s arrival, Apple is focusing on its original core: Desktop computers. Apple on Tuesday refreshed its now-classic line of all-in-one iMac computers.
The latest iMacs come equipped with next-generation quad-core processors, new graphics processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, and a new FaceTime HD camera. Apple says the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster than the previous version -- and new graphics processors deliver up to three times the performance. Prices for the new machines start at $1,199.
The new iMacs feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, with an option to choose Core i7 processors up to 3.4 GHz. These processors feature an integrated memory controller for a more responsive experience and a new media engine for high-performance video encoding and decoding. With new AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, Apple said the new iMacs have the most powerful graphics ever in an Apple computer.
What`s all this about Thunderbolt? Apple expects the technology to see wide adoption as a new standard for high-performance I/O. Indeed, the Thunderbolt element is significant because iMacs in the new lineup are the first to include the technology. The 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port, while the 27-inch model features two ports for even greater expansion.
Thunderbolt was developed by Intel with Apple collaboration. The technology paves the way for expandability not previously possible on an all-in-one computer. Thunderbolt features two bidirectional channels that offer transfer speeds of up to 10GPs each. Thunderbolt also delivers PCI Express directly to external high-performance peripherals such as RAID arrays.
Thunderbolt can support FireWire and USB consumer devices, as well as gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high-resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Thunderbolt technology is freely available for implementation...
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