Product Notes: Apple iMac
July 27, 2010
Apple announced significant updates today to its iMac line of all-in-one desktop systems. This long-awaited update follows a previous iMac refresh in October 2009.
Design and Changes
This latest generation of iMacs retains the same general enclosure that iMacs have had since the introduction of the "aluminum" iMac in August 2007, with some modifications to account for the move to 16:9 displays in October 2009.
Changes in these latest iMacs include the availability of Core i3 and i5 processors for the 21.5-inch model and the elimination of integrated graphics in favor of discrete video cards across the product line. The new discrete graphics cards are all from ATI, marking a move away from the NVIDIA integrated video and discrete graphics cards available with the previous generation of iMacs.
Missing (again) from this latest update is the availability of Blu-Ray drives. There also is no matte screen option, which matters to some users for both color precision and ergonomic reasons.
These new iMacs meet or exceed the specifications in the newly-revised Performance PC Buyer's Guide.
Both versions of the iMac are EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several considerations when ordering an iMac:
See ISC's Performance PC Buyer's Guide for more configuration hints. As of July 2010, configuring an iMac to the Performance PC specification can be done for approximately $1,600 (the recently updated Mac mini is the best choice for a Mac OS-based Value Desktop). The University's Computer Connection will have new iMac configurations available for order as soon as possible.
ISC sees the updated iMac as being a solid choice among desktop systems available in mid-2010 and the iMac continues to serve as the Apple component in the University's Desktop Recommendations.
ISC will follow up with a full review of the iMac as soon as testing has been completed.
iMac graphic courtesy of Apple
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (July 27, 2010)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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