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Apple unveils new iMacs with Intel Haswell processors

Apple has announced a new range of iMacs that come with improved processors, clearer graphics, updated Wi-FI and faster flash storage options.

The all-in-one desktops ship with Intel “Haswell” Core i5 and i7 processors depending on the model chosen with the familiar 21.5in and 27in screen sizes available across the range.

“iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be. Inside its ultra-thin aluminum enclosure, the new iMac has the latest Intel processors, faster graphics, next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

The range starts with the 21.5in iMac that has a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor with graphics powered by a new Iris Pro chip. On the next level up there is a 21.5in and 27in model that both have faster 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 700 graphics that claim to offer performance that is 40 per cent faster than previous iMacs. For those that need even more performance there is the chance to upgrade to an Intel Core i7 processor offering up to 3.5GHz worth of speed and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics with 4GB of video memory.

All of the new iMacs support 802.11ac Wi-Fi that is up to three times faster than previous incarnations with the desktops now able to support PCIe-based flash storage. It means flash storage times will be up to 50 per cent faster including Fusion Drive, which is available in both 1TB or 3TB storage sizes.

The desktops also come with a standard 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive with options ranging up to 32GB of RAM and a 3TB hard drive depending on requirements. When it comes to connectivity each model has two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports.

Pricing starts at $1,299 [£812] for the entry-level 21.5in iMac with the faster model retailing at $1,499 [£937]. When it comes to the 27in desktops prices begin at $1,799 [£1,125] and stretch to $1,999 [£1,250] for the faster version.