Apple has recently rolled out its latest version of the hugely successful all-in-one consumer-range personal computer they are best known for – the iMac. On April 28,Â Apple announced from its headquarters at Cupertino, California, that its Aluminum iMacs will now be shipping with faster Intel processors and graphics option.
Apple fans will be thrilled to know that all new iMacs will henceforth be fitted with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors with a 6 MB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front-side bus. In contrast, the models that stood antecedent to this latest update had a 4 MB L2 Cache as well as a bus speed of just 800 MHz.
Customers will have a choice too, with the 24-inch iMac model. Optional is the upgrade of its 2.8 GHz processor to a speedier 3.06 GHz model.
But the latest feature to be offered on one of these models, and the one that will probably get the fanboys and professionals alike tearing, is the fact that Apple will now, for the first time in its consumer-range products, be offering an optional upgrade of the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics processor with an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS. To put things into perspective, this would be comparable to the graphics cards used on Apple’s professional-end computers like the Mac Pro. Providing 512 MB of video memory, it is capable of delivering up to two times standard performance for graphic intensive applications. In the words of a certain wise man – “these things are screamers.”
These updated models of the iMac are currently shipping and prices start at a mere $1888 for the low-end 20-inch model. The 24-inch versions come at $2788, and the aforementioned upgrades in processing speed and graphics card will nudge it up to $3548.
For more information, pictures and stats to go green over, check out Apple’s local online store.