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Haswell makes it to the iMac

The new iMacs pack top-end internals into their thin frames

Despite arriving unannounced and unexpected, the new iMacs manage to match or beat the specs of nearly every all-in-one we've seen recently.

The basic model 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Haswell Core i5 processor and Intel Iris Pro graphics. The higher end configuration of the 21.5-inch iMac and the 27-inch model offer top-tier options including a 3.4 GHz Core i5 or a 3.5 GHz Core i7 quad-core Haswell processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce 700 series or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M GPU.

All of the new iMacs have been upgraded with support for 802.11 ac wifi and PCle connected storage options. They also feature 8 to 32 GB of RAM, and storage options ranging from a 1 TB HDD to a 3 TB hybrid storage or up to 1 TB in SSDs.

While the specs on these machines are certainly solid, it's a little disappointing that there wasn't any significant innovation or design change compared to the previous versions. Competing products like HP's ENVY Recline line bring a new twist to the AIO format and still manage to come in significantly cheaper.

The new iMacs are available now with prices starting at US$1299 for the 21.5-inch model and US$1799 for the 27-inch model.


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Craig Munro, 2013-09-25 (Update: 2013-09-25)