iMac Update Is Apple's Lame Attempt to Obliterate 'Old' Models

Maressa Brown
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new imacsWhenever the Apple Store website disappears for a little while, you know they're going to come back with something new and improved. And that's exactly what happened this morning when the site was restored to feature the brand new lineup of iMacs, confirming rumors that Mac has done it again. Just what is it this time, though?

First of all, the iMacs look gorgeous. But so did the most recent models. I just can't get enough of that big, huge, glossy, colorful display. There's nothing like working on an iMac, in my opinion. It's like the sexiest HD TV turned into a computer. Anyway, the new iMac's specs ...

It has the latest Intel Core i5/i7 Sandy Bridge architecture, a FaceTime HD camera (for Skype and Photo Booth fun, I take it), and a super-fast Thunderbolt port, which was first seen on MacBook Pros.

The 21.5-inch iMac features one Thunderbolt port, and the 27-inch model has two.

And you may also be interested to know that for all these extra goodies, the price hasn't changed -- you'll shell out the same for them as you would have for the old iMacs. (Ha! Old! Just thinking of my boyfriend's brother's luxe 27-inch iMac he got last year ... "old" is the last word I would use to describe it.) Anyway, yeah, prices start at $1,199, which will snag you a 21.5-inch model with 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics.

Oh yeah, speaking of the graphics. That's probably exciting news for gamers or anyone who works with editing video or running design software. AMD Radeon HD graphics equal more frames per second and better responsiveness -- 3x faster performance than the previous generation, according to Apple. 

I get why Apple always needs to have the next best thing out for their customers, especially because MANY of their customers are the kind of early adopters who get bored with their current gadget after, well ... about 12 months. But at the same time, the differences between these new iMacs and the previous generation are the kinds of things that only total computer pro nerds would really notice. I'm sure Apple's done a stunning job, but unless you just need a new computer, because you're still running a virus-laden PC from 2002 (I'm looking at you, Mom and Dad), I wouldn't necessarily jump for the new iMac.   

Would you consider buying the new iMac?


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