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  • News - Written by on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:05 - 7 Comments

    New iMacs available now in Australia

    Iconic technology giant Apple overnight unveiled a refresh of its popular iMac personal computer line, noting that the new hardware was already available locally and unveiling Australian pricing.

    The new line-up of iMacs features upgraded quad-core processors based on Intel’s Core i5 or i7 lines, with clock speeds ranging up to 3.4Ghz. Apple is billing them as featuring “an integrated memory controller for an amazingly responsive experience”, alongside a new media engine to boost high-performance video encoding and decoding.

    There’s also a new port on the new iMacs — which connects to devices which use the ‘Thunderbolt’ standard developed by Intel and Apple. The port looks and functions exactly the same as the previous DisplayPort outlet, which has been used to connect Apple machines up to larger displays. But it is also designed to connect at high speeds with other devices such as external hard disk drives. And it still can be used to connect up extra monitors to the iMac.

    The new iMacs also come with a new high-definition camera built-in, designed to support Apple’s FaceTime videoconferencing tool, introduced on its iPhone line. It supports HD calls between all FaceTime-enabled Macs and standard resolution calls with the iPad 2, the iPhone 4, the current iPod Touch and other Intel Macs.

    In Australia, the new iMacs are available now through Apple’s online store, in addition to its own retail stores and authorised resellers. The 21.5″ model of the iMac comes in two configurations

    • For $1,399, you get an iMac with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, with an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card and a 500GB hard drive
    • For $1,698, you get a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, with an AMD Radeon 6770M graphics card and a 1TB hard drive

    There are also new 27″ iMacs, which also come in two models:

    • For $1,949, you get an iMac with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics card and a 1TB hard drive
    • For $2,299, you get a 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, an AMD Radeon HD 6970M and a 1TB hard drive

    You can also upgrade your iMac by selecting an Intel Core i7 CPU up to 3.4GHz, adding in additional hard drive capacity up to 2TB, adding a 256GB solid state drive, and additional DDR3 memory.

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    1. Yeah
      Posted 04/05/2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink |


    2. Posted 04/05/2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink |

      I’m really happy about the pricing, but in the same note there’s nothing particularly special about the upgrade, so it’s expected that same same hardware will continue to decrease in price with time.

      I was hoping for a Macbook Air-style soldered SSD, which would let them do really interesting things with the design. It’s about time to upgrade though, and this release just pushes a major redesign further away.

      • Posted 04/05/2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink |

        Yeah, it’s fairly run of the mill. I welcome it though, as I’m looking at buying an iMac later this year.

        • Yeah
          Posted 04/05/2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink |

          Ahhh, all the pro-Apple posts are now explained. Looking for a free one perhaps?

          • PointZeroOne
            Posted 04/05/2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink |

            It’s because people are ‘interested’ in Apple products hence they are news. But no one is ‘interested’ in Dell/HP/Asus etc products so they are not news…..

          • Posted 04/05/2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink |

            “Ahhh, all the pro-Apple posts are now explained. Looking for a free one perhaps?”

            Hardly. Delimiter has a policy of not accepting gifts above the value of $200 — so an iMac would be right out ;) If you don’t believe that we adhere to the policy … ask the companies whose stuff I have sent back to them :)

            • Yeah
              Posted 04/05/2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink |

              Fool. Pls name these companies so such goods can be diverted to me ;-)

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