New 2011 iMac vs Old iMac

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Apple has been working hard this year, not only have we had a new MacBook Pro range, but also the new iPad 2 as well. However, this morning the Apple store went down, and we all anticipated a new 2011 iMac, so how does it compare to the old iMac? We will go into more detail in a later post, but for now we will just look at hardware changes in brief.

There were four base models for the 2010 range, two 21.5-inch and two 27-inch. The first two came with 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 and a 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 chip, whereas the latter came with 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 and a 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5. The new models still come on four standard types, but there have been changes to the processors. Now you get 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 and 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 for the 21-inch model and 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 and 3.1GHz for the 27-inch versions.

The amount of RAM stays the same, all with 4GB as standard, as do the hard drives as well. There is still a number of big changes, that makes the new range faster, as well as more powerful graphics. The old model had three different types, the ATI Radeon HD 4670, 5670 and the 5750. The 2011 models have the AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 6770M and the 6970M for the top of the line.

The camera has also seen an improvement; the new 2011 iMac now has a FaceTime HD camera. The old model had all the standard connections, but the new iMac shares something in common with the new MacBook Pro, and that is with a ThunderBolt Port.

The best thing though is the price, even with all these upgrades; Apple has decided to leave the prices the same. More details on specs and prices can be seen by visiting the Apple Store.

Are these changes enough to convince you to buy a new 2011 iMac?

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  • JBakes

    Not only is the price the same, in Canada its less than before! They've priced based on current at-par exchange rates – sweet deal for us Canucks.

  • Chris

    I know! But as a Canadian living in Germany…I needed to bite the bullet and buy at the Euro prices…which also dropped 50€ on the entry 27" and 100€ on the premium. I couldn't resist…so i got myself the 27" 3.1GHz with SSD.