Apple Store“Apple’s latest update to its all-in-one iMacs refines rather than reinvents the classic desktop design, but the changes are still considerable. The 27in iMac sits at the top of the range and, while its new 16:9 widescreen display might make it a bit too ostentatious for some desktops, designers (and anyone else looking for a vast expanse of screen space) will welcome its 2,560 x 1,440 resolution,” Julian Prokaza reports for V3.co.uk (formerly vnunet.com).

“All iMac screens are now LED backlit, and this technology is both whiter and brighter than the old CCFL displays. It can be set to a much lower brightness level than the old iMac screens too, making these new models much more comfortable to use in dimly lit environments,” Prokaza reports.

“The new screens are also thinner and run cooler than those of the old iMacs and, rather than reduce the depth of the case, Apple has used the extra space to fit a big enough cooling system to cope with Intel desktop processors,” Prokaza reports. “The new iMacs also have room for four memory module slots, which not only means that there’s now a 16GB RAM limit, but that inexpensive 2GB SODIMMs can be used for an 8GB configuration.”

Prokaza reports, “Apple is also offering the 27in iMac with Intel’s Core i5 or Core i7 processor. Available in November, prices start at £1,599 [US$1999] for the [Quad-Core Intel Core i5] 2.66GHz model, which should offer similar workstation-level performance to the £1,899 [US$2499] Mac Pro and a similar display to the £1,173 [US$1799] 30-inch Cinema Display. That’s quite a saving.”

Full review, which lists “Brilliant LED-backlit screens; across-the-board specification increases; quad-core model promises blistering performance” among the pros of Apple’s new machines, here.