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July 27, 2010

Apple updates iMacs and releases 12 core Mac Pro

by Darren Allan

Apple has refreshed its range of iMac all-in-one computers today, along with introducing a new 12 core Mac Pro.

The new iMacs come with the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, with dual-core processor speeds running up to 3.6GHz, and quad-cores hitting the 2.93GHz mark. Graphics power is provided by the ATI Radeon HD 5750.

The rejigged all-in-ones also feature processors with an integrated memory controller, enabling access to the system memory directly, so the iMac can enjoy the full benefits of its faster 1333MHz memory.

An option for the 27 inch iMac has also been added whereby you can now have a 256GB solid state drive as a primary or secondary drive.

On top of the hardware tuning, the iMacs now feature the Magic Trackpad as option, bringing the world of multi-touch to the line, should you wish. Price-wise, the new iMac range will start from £999.

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” commented Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminium and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

It wasn’t only the iMac that got some attention, but the Mac Pro range got a boost with the addition of hexa-core Intel Xeon processors. You can buy a top-end machine with two of these inside to make a 12 core beast, which the company claims gives it 50% better performance than the previous generation.

Or you can plump for a simple single quad-core, to go along with the base ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card (the 5870 is an option). The processors run at up to 3.33GHz, with turbo-boost technology on top of that helping them reach 3.6GHz.

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