Apple unveils new iMac, Mac Pro and Cinema Display

Apple has unveiled a deskfull of powerful desktops, from new iMac all-in-ones to a new mac Pro and Cinema Display

If Apple drew flak over its hardware design with the iPhone 4 's antenna issues , the new desktop range announced today give us few complaints. New iMac all-in-one desktop computers pack Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors with 21-inch and 27-inch LED backlit screens, while a new Mac Pro will offer up to 12 processing cores.

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The 21.5-inch iMac starts at £1,000. It packs a Core i3 processor up to 3.2Ghz, and 500Gb or 1TB hard drive. You can configure your model with a 3.6Ghz Core i5 chip, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage.

The 27-inch model offers a 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 processor for £1,400, with a 1TB hard drive. A 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 model costs £1,650.

You can customise your 27-inch iMac with a very presentable 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive and up to 16GB of RAM.

Graphics are handled by discrete ATI Radeon HD 5750 processors. Each iMac inlcudes four USB ports, a Firewire 800 port and SD card slot that reads SDXC cards. They pulse with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and come with the iLife software suite built-in.

The multitouch Magic Mouse comes as standard, while the Magic Trackpad is available separately.

Mac Pro and Cinema Display

The new Mac Pro will throb with quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. The quad-core model will start at £2,000, with the 8-core version costing £2800. Configurable options will include bunging in up to four 2TB hard drives. Two Mini DisplayPorts will allow you to connect two monitors without requiring another graphics card.

Apple also announced a new Cinema Display today, boasting a 27-inch, 16:9 screen, iSight Webcam, three powered USB ports. It's only been priced for the US so far, where it'll cost $1,000.

What do you think? Are Apple specs finally catching up with Apple prices, or are the new iMacs not worth the space on your desktop?

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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