Again a little late in commenting on the recent update, it looks like Apple successfully integrated the Thunderbolt interface into two of their computer lineups. This update was released shortly after the MacBook Pro upgrade, and offer the same HD FaceTime camera, Quad-core chips, and ultra high speed I/O Thunderbolt.
Apple held nothing back for all models of the iMac, now each features built-in Thunderbolt and quad core processors. The models now come in 21.5 and 27 inch variants. Ranging from $1200 to $2000, every new iMac packs enough power for pictures, HD movies, and large games.
The iMac has always been intended as an “all-in-one” machine. The addition of Thunderbolt and powerful new quad-core processors give the iMac the necessary power for home studio implementation, of heavy gaming use. The iMacs either feature Quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, sufficient CPU for any home media purpose, or as a studio computer.
The AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor features 512 MB of GDDR5 memory (1 GB in the higher-end model). Enough for editing HD video, graphics for modern games, or complex visual simulations. This graphics processors deliver 3x the performance of the previous generation of iMacs (not to mention other PCs).
The new HD FaceTime cameras deliver widescreen resolution for both iMac models. Unlike previously, Mac users do not have to compromise video quality for portability with the built in webcam. Apple in setting the standard for high resolution built-in webcams with the latest variant of their isight cameras. This HD video camera deliver up to 720p resolution for video calls (supported on intel-based Macs, and new iPad and iPhones).
Every iMac comes stock with Thunderbolt connectivity. The 21.5 inch model features a single port, while the 27″ sports two Thunderbolt connections. The proper Thunderbolt peripherals are still in development, but this should mean high-speed data transfer for a number of external devices.
The iMac has been a great personal computer since its introduction in the nineties. It’s nice to see their lineup receive the proper changes to stay up to date with modern technology. With its upgraded processor, and Thunderbolt connectivity this recent update give the iMac every thing it needs to power a home studio, run powerful games, or display HD media.