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Apple iMac Range Gets Major Refresh

As expected Apple has annonced new Apple iMac models, all of which move away from Intel's Core 2 family and adopt the new Core iX models and support the new Magic Trackpad device released today.

The cheapest of the range (opens in new tab) is an Intel Core i3 model clocked at 3.06GHz with a 21.5-inch 1920x1080 pixels screen. It packs 4GB worth of memory, 500GB hard disk drive, that slot in DVD writer and an ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics unit with 256MB memory, all for £999 (or $1199 in the US).

Up next on the ladder is one with a speed bump (3.2GHz), a bigger hard disk drive (1TB) and a faster video card (5670 with 512MB RAM), all for £1249. The two other models are 27-inch ones with a display resolution of 2560x1440.

A bigger screen is the only difference between the £1249 and the next one which costs £1399. The most expensive of the iMacs goes Quadcore with a Core i5 running at 2.8GHz, that 27-inch display, 1TB HDD and an ATI Radeon 5750 graphics module with 1GB.

All iMac also now support SD card slot, something that was initially introduced by the Macbook Pro, plus Mac OS Snow Leopard, iLife, Magic Mouse, a cleaning cloth and Apple's Wireless keyboard.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.