Apple launches Intel-heavy iMacs

Since the Apple site went down earlier, cultists have been anxiously waiting to see what new products are on the way.

The rumours ring true: it’s an iMac refresh full of Intel technology.

Apple has announced that it has updated the all-in-one iMac with next generation quad-core processors, new graphics, and Intel’s “groundbreaking” high-speed Thunderbolt I/O. There’s also a new Facetime HD camera.

Getting in there with Apple is Intel, which is supplying the company with its i5 processor. Those looking to flash cash can also opt for a Core i7 processor, which offers up to up to 3.4 GHz. The processors have an integrated memory controller and a new media engine for video encoding and decoding.

According to Apple, its iMac is “the first desktop computer on the market to include groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology”.

It says its 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port while the 27-inch model has two ports.

Vanity wise, Apple says its iMac is still the size zero of the tech world, and proves to be as elegant as, er, Victoria Beckham with its signature aluminum and glass design. In a move that will please Greenpeace the company also claims that its new moneymaker meets Energy Star 5.2 requirements and uses PVC-free components and cables.

It also claims not to contain any brominated flame retardants.

Those who have more money than sense can get hold of the 21.5-inch iMac, which is available in two configurations: one with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 500GB hard drive for $1,199.  

The model with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive  will set you back $1,499  and the  27-inch iMac is available in two models: one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1TB hard drive costs $1,699.