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Apple iMac 27-inch gets better on the inside for 2017

In addition to the latest-generation Intel and AMD processors, it also has a refreshed 5K display and two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports.

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The price remains the same

It starts at $1,800, £1,749 or AU$2,699. 

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New Intel (and AMD) inside

The new upgrades include new Intel CPUs, faster graphics, better storage and new ports.

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Faster

The 2017 27-inch iMac is equipped with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. 

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Ports

In addition to four older Type-A USB 3.0 connectors (up from three), two new Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C connectors replace the two previous Mini Display Port connectors. It keeps the Ethernet RJ-45 jack, SD card slot and headphone jack as well.

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FaceTime HD camera

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Big bezels

The design retains the now-unfashionable fat bezels around the display.

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Memory hatch

You can still upgrade the memory, but that's about all that's easy to get to.

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For connectivity, the updated iMac incorporates Bluetooth 4.2 as well as the previous options.

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Refreshed display

The display measures brighter than the earlier model, and now covers the P3 color gamut for consistency across Apple's most recent screens.

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Same 5K resolution

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More external monitors

Now that it incorporates the latest Radeon 500 series graphics processors, it can drive more than a single external display in addition to the built-in one.

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iMac 27 2017

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iMac 27 2017

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Still thin at the edge

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iMac 27 2017

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Accessorized

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You can tilt it slightly forward

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A slight tilt backward

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iMac 27 2017

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