Fresh from the success of its iPhone launch, Apple has announced updates to its iMac range of desktop devices to include Intel’s latest-generation Haswell processors.
The firm said the updates would make the devices faster and more efficient while it also announced support for the new 802.11ac WiFi standard.
The entry-level 21.5in iMac comes with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Haswell Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphic technology for improved performance, Apple said. It will cost around $1,299 (£813).
The mid-range 21.5in iMac comes with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics for $1,499 (£938).
Meanwhile, the cheaper 27in model has a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. It also has Nvidia GeForce 775M graphics, which Apple said give it twice the video memory and 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation. It will cost around $1,799 (£1,126).
Finally, the top of the range 27in iMac will come with a 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (£1,252).
The machines can all be upgraded to the quad-core Intel Core i7 processor of up to 3.5GHz speed and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory, if required.
Apple marketing vice president Phil Schiller said the updates made the iMac the leading desktop device in the market.
“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be,” he said. “Inside its ultra-thin aluminium enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac WiFi and faster PCIe flash storage.”
The improved PCIe flash storage means that the Fusion Drive capabilities announced last year for iMac devices are now 50 percent faster, Apple claimed.
The announcement comes after a hugely successful week for Apple, which saw sales of nine million new iPhone models over the opening weekend and over 200 million software upgrades to its new iOS 7 operating system.
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