Apple unveils new iMac with 21.5 and 27-inch LED-backlit displays, available Core i5 and i7 CPUs

Apple StoreApple today unveiled an all new iMac line featuring brilliant LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMac line, starting at US$1,199, is the fastest ever with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for up to twice the performance. Every new iMac ships with a wireless keyboard and the all new wireless Magic Mouse, the world’s first mouse with Multi-Touch™ technology pioneered by Apple on the iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpad.

“The iMac is widely praised as the best desktop computer in the world and today we are making it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “With brilliant LED displays and the revolutionary Magic Mouse, the new iMac delivers an amazing desktop experience that we think customers will love.”

The new iMac features stunning LED-backlit displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio, ideal for watching high definition movies and TV shows from iTunes, or editing and watching your own videos or photos using iLife. The new 21.5-inch iMac features a high resolution 1920-by-1080 pixel display. The 27-inch iMac features a beautiful 2560-by-1440 pixel display that offers 60 percent more pixels than the previous 24-inch model. Both 21.5 and 27-inch displays use IPS technology to deliver consistent color across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.

The iMac comes standard with a wireless keyboard and the new Magic Mouse featuring Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch technology. Instead of needing mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Using intuitive gestures, a user can easily scroll through long documents, pan across large images or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Mouse can be configured as either a single button or two button mouse, according to the user’s preference. The wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse work seamlessly with the iMac’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities to provide a clean, cable-free desk top.

The iMac features improved graphics across the line with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics in the 21.5-inch model, and ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics in the 27-inch model. The new iMac line now also features 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory and capacity up to 16GB across four SO-DIMM slots. Every iMac features a built-in iSight video camera, mic and stereo speakers integrated into the thin aluminum and glass design. iMac includes built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a total of four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and a new built-in SD card slot.

The new iMac now features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. The iMac uses PVC-free internal components and cables, contain no brominated flame retardants, use highly recyclable materials, and feature material-efficient system and packaging designs.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

The new 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac is now shipping and available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The Intel Core i5 and i7 quad-core iMacs are available for order and will begin shipping this November.

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199, includes:
• 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display
• 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
• 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW)
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately)
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• four USB 2.0 ports
• one FireWire 800 port
• SD card slot
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone
• Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499, includes:
• 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display
• 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB
• ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics; with 256MB GDDR3
• 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW)
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately)
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• four USB 2.0 ports
• one FireWire 800 port
• SD card slot
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone
• Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse

The new 27-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699, includes:
• 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display
• 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB
• ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics; with 256MB GDDR3
• 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW)
• Mini DisplayPort for video input and output (adapters sold separately)
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• four USB 2.0 ports
• one FireWire 800 port
• SD card slot
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone
• Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse

The new 27-inch 2.66 GHz Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999, includes:
• 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display
• 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB
• ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics; with 512MB GDDR3
• 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW)
• Mini DisplayPort for video input and output (adapters sold separately)
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• four USB 2.0 ports
• one FireWire 800 port
• SD card slot
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone
• Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse

Build-to-order options for the 27-inch Core i5 quad-core iMac include a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.

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107 Comments

  1. You rarely see Blu-rays except in Sony machines cuz the licensing is so insane. Until Sony loosens up at gets a clue, don’t except to see them in Macs.

    HOWEVER, it’s worth noting that the 27″ iMac now allows for DisplayPort INPUT as well as output, meaning that it may turn out to be possible to run a Blu-Ray player of some kind into this thing!

  2. @Jacob,
    No kidding. Unbelievable. There are $600 POS PCs with Blu-ray drives in them, but none available in a $2000 Mac.

    Man, the 27″ iMac with an EyeTV and a Blu-ray drive would have made the most kick-ass college dorm-room machine.

    What the hell are you waiting for, Apple… A written invitation?

  3. What is an HD optical drive? I don’t think there is such a thing.

    Anyone who was waiting to refresh their older hardware with a new iMac was today given a gift by Apple. Had they bought their iMac yesterday, for the same money they would have received smaller screen, half the RAM at slower speed, much slower processor, wired keyboard, old mouse with a silly gunk-attracting trackball…

    This is an excellent refresh, usually worthy of its own keynote, especially since three different devices saw changes (MacBook and iMac even got newer body).

    No wonder stock is slipping; in addition to the pressure of the rest of the market (bad day on Wall Street), investors are seeing the new refresh as a major push down on the profit margins, as these devices simply HAVE to cost a lot more money to make than the yesterday’s ones, and they’re selling at same prices.

    And we haven’t even seen the tablet yet…

  4. Agreed, where is Blu-ray!?!

    Apple may think that it’s being clever by not offering Blu-ray on Macs — thus, theoretically increasing demand for iTunes “HD” downloads. However, at least in my small opinion, Apple is mainly accomplishing the alienation of the a/v professionals and technology enthusiasts who used to be at the core of Apple’s business.

    I understand that Apple’s target demographics are changing. But a quick way to undo the gains that Apple currently enjoys to alienate its most loyal (and perhaps most affluent) user base. Hopefully, Apple’s next order of business is to refresh the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro lines — adding Blu-ray to both. This probably won’t happen, but I suppose that hope springs eternal…

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