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Apple Updates iMac with 802.11ac & PCIe Storage

Posted by Jim Tanous on September 24, 2013
2013 iMac Update

Apple on Tuesday announced the 2013 update to the company’s all-in-one iMac desktop. The new model keeps the existing ultra-thin form factor but brings updated internals in-line with Intel’s Haswell architecture.

Improvements over last year include new Haswell CPUs, updated 700-series NVIDIA GPUs, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and fast PCIe SSD storage options. Notably absent from the refresh are Thunderbolt 2 and Retina-quality display resolution options.

As expected, the low-end 21.5-inch model lacks a discrete GPU and instead uses Intel’s integrated Iris Pro. Higher-end models include the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 755M, 775M, or 780M GPUs with up to 4GB of memory.

All iMacs come with 8GB of system RAM standard, with the 27-inch models capable of supporting up to 32GB. The PCIe storage, first seen in June’s MacBook Air refresh, delivers read and write performance up to 50 percent faster than last year’s SATA-based models. Apple points out that the company’s Fusion Drive technology — which combines both solid state and mechanical storage into a single logical volume — also takes advantage of the faster PCIe SSD speeds for even better Fusion performance.

The 2013 iMac line starts at $1299 for the base 21.5-inch model up to $1999 for the standard top-end 27-inch model. CTO options for additional RAM, storage, and upgraded GPUs will raise the price, although Apple’s online custom ordering page is not yet available to determine exact prices.

The iMacs are available for sale today and Apple’s online ordering system should be working shortly.

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