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Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 05:40 am PT (08:40 am ET)

Apple updates iMac line with Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its all-in-one desktop line of iMacs, bringing Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, along with ATI Radeon graphics.

Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750.

"We took the world's best all-in-one and made it even better," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac."

Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 bring the best performance yet to the iMac line, Apple said. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory.

New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. iMac displays feature IPS technology to deliver images across a wide 178 degree viewing angle.

The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards. Customers of the 27-inch iMac have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive. The iMac SSD supports up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates for faster startup and application launch times.

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Last week AppleInsider first reported that the iMac would be the first Mac to have Intel's Core i3 processor, and that the refresh would span Intel's new Core i3, i5 and i7 line across the entire product lineup.

Over the weekend it was revealed that iMac inventory was also limited ahead of an anticipated refresh. That came after Apple warned its direct and indirect sales channels of near-term shortages of hardware.

The new iMac line is shipping now and available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. 

The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM.

The new 21.5-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.

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The new 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

The new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

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Additional accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wired Apple Keyboard, wired Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork, Logic Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3.

AppleInsider's Mac Pricing Guide for resellers has been updated to reflect Apple's new iMac hardware, and is included below. As inventory becomes available, remaining sellers will be added and heftier discounts could be expected over the next 24-to-48 hours.

iMac
iMac
Amazon MacMall B&H Photo & Video Best Buy Adorama
Discount
21.5" iMac (1.4GHz/8GB/500GB-HDD) $1,099.00 $1,049.99 $1,029.00+ $1,029.99 $1,029.00! $70.00
21.5" iMac (1.4GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,129.00! $20.00
21.5" iMac (1.4GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,299.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (1.4GHz/8GB/256GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,299.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD) $1,279.00 $1,229.99 $1,159.99+ $1,199.99 $1,169.99! $139.01
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/16GB/1TB-HDD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,499.00! $0.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,649.00 $50.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/16GB/256GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,649.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/16GB/512GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,949.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD) $1,479.00 $1,449.99 $1,349.00+ $1,399.99 $149.01
21.5" iMac (2.9GHz/16GB/512GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,149.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (3.1GHz/16GB/1TB-HDD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,849.00! $50.00
21.5" iMac (3.1GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,049.00! $50.00
27.0" (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD) $1,749.99 $1,699.99 $1,679.99+ $1,749.99 $119.01
27.0" (3.1GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion) n/a on order $2,099.00+ n/a n/a $0.00
27.0" (3.1GHz/16GB/512GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,349.00 $50.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/1TB) n/a n/a n/a n/a $1,849.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/8GB/1TB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,649.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,049.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,199.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/256GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,049.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/512GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,349.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/16GB/1TB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,799.00! $200.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/32GB/1TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,399.00! $0.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/32GB/3TB Fusion) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,549.00! $0.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/32GB/256GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,399.00! $200.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/32GB/512GB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,699.00! $200.00
27.0" (3.2GHz/32GB/1TB-SSD) n/a n/a n/a n/a $3,199.00! $200.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD) $1,849.99 $1,899.99 $1,849.99+ $1,878.99 $1,879.99! $149.01
27.0" (3.4GHz/8GB/512GB-SSD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,349.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/1TB-HDD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,049.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/3TB-HDD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,199.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a place order $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,399.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/512GB-SSD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,549.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.4GHz/16GB/1TB-SSD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,999.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/1TB-HDD/780M) n/a $2,349.99 $2,549.00+ n/a $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion/780M)   on order $2,349.00+ n/a $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/3TB Fusion/775M) n/a $2,649.00 $2,699.00+ n/a $0.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/8GB/512GB-SSD/780M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $2,699.00! $150.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/775M) n/a on order on order n/a n/a $49.01
27.0" (3.5GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/780M) n/a on order $2,899.00+ n/a $200.00
27.0" (3.5GHz/32GB/1TB-SSD/775M) n/a n/a n/a n/a $3,549.00! $250.00
21.5" iMac (2.7GHz/8GB/1TB) sold out $999.99 sold out sold out n/a $299.01
21.5" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) sold out $1,029.99 sold out sold out n/a $469.01
27.0" iMac (2.9GHz/8GB/1TB) sold out $1,279.99 sold out n/a n/a $519.01
27.0" iMac (3.2GHz/8GB/1TB) $1,669.99 $1,349.99 sold out n/a n/a $649.01