Just when you thought the iPod was dying and the Mac forgotten in Apple’s new iPhone Worldview™, our favorite Cupertino, CA company remembers to give us new Macs.
Out with the old (Macs) and in with the new Macs. First, the Mac mini, then the MacPro, and now an evolutionary growth path for the iMac. Bigger, faster, sleeker, with better graphics, the iMacs are almost lust worthy (saving that honor for the brand new, multi-power MacPro).
The View To More Power
Which technology company generates more hype and more press than Apple? And what’s it all about? The iPhone. Hey, the Mac is profitable and growing in market share, too.
Apple heard our plaintiff cries for help and responded with more power.
The latest addition to Macdom is the turbocharged iMac. Gone are the 21-inch, 24-inch, 27-inch models of yesteryear, to be replaced by a couple of power juicer Macs with better graphics, better screens, and faster CPUs, all at last year’s prices.
Apple says the iMac is turbocharged. What, exactly, is turbocharged?
First, Apple upped the CPU ante with new Intel Core i5 and i7 in the 27-inch model, and a 3 gigahertz Core i3 in the smaller 21.5-inch model. These are almost the fastest iMacs ever.
Fast is one thing. Beauty is another. The new iMacs also feature more powerful graphics options. Even the lowly 21-5 inch iMac (starts at $1,199) comes with 256 megabytes of graphics RAM on an ATI Radeon GPU. That package includes 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 500 gigabyte hard disk drive.
That’s the low end model. As in, least expensive iMac.
For those of us with a little more money and a yearning for more speed, the 27-inch iMac delivers with a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs up to and including quad cores.
Graphic options scale new heights, too. Start with the ATI Radeon HD 6570 with a mere 512 megabytes of graphic RAM, or the 5750 model with 1 gigabyte of GDDR5 RAM.
All the basics remain. iSight. Mini DisplayPort. SuperDrive. Scads of USB ports. FireWire 800. Bluetooth. WiFi.
Rinky dink wireless keyboard. Gigabit Ethernet. Stereo speakers, Magic Mouse, and more. The 27-inch model also carries true 16:9 aspect ratio, perfect for DVD movies, but no Blu-ray option.
Even better, this year’s iMacs come at last year’s prices (or, put another way, the top of the line iMac is $500 less than the original Mac 128k back in 1984). The 27-inch quad core i5 iMac is $1,999. The faster i7 model is a $200 option when selecting the i5 model in Apple’s online store.
As always, Apple’s RAM upgrades and hard disk drive options are somewhat more expensive than third party purchases (I like using MacSales) but more reasonable than in years past.
Are these the fastest, bestest Macs ever? Nope. And not by a long shot. That honor remains with the new MacPro.