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Apple boosts iMac with Intel Core i7

As well as announcing new Mac Pros, Apple today updated its all-in-one iMac line, with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics.

Starting at £999, the new iMac line is the fastest ever, with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93GHz and discrete graphics including the ATI Radeon HD 5750.

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminium and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”

The range gets Intel Core i7 processors for the first time which feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333MHz memory.

New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver "incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications," according to Apple.

The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards and the 27-inch version can be equipped with a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive for the first time.

Apple also announced the much predicted Magic Trackpad, which brings the Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless device enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands, supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click, and is available now for £59.

Completing the new line-up, Apple also outed a new 27-inch LED Cinema display which has been designed to work with the company's range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.

It features a built-in iSight camera, microphone and speakers as well as a powered USB 2.0 hub and weighs in at a hefty $999, which is the same price as an entry-level 21.5-inch iMac. UK pricing is yet to be announced but we're sure it will sting.