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Apple brings iMac line up to date

Better CPUs, more Ram, ATI graphics, SDXC card support

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Apple has indeed updated its iMac line, as anticipated, beefing up the line's speeds'n'feeds and adding support for the new SDXC memory card format.

The new models sport a selection of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and come with 4GB of 1333MHz DDR 3 as standard.

Apple iMac summer 2010

And Apple has dropped Nvidia graphics in favour of a range of AMD ATI Radeons: the 4670 with 256MB of GDDR 3 video memory, the 5670 with 512MB GDDR 3 or the 5750 with 1GB of dedicated Ram.

The GPUs drive a choice of 21.5in, 1920 x 1080 or 27in, 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD glossy display.

There's no USB 3.0 port, but the machines have four USB 2.0 connectors, a 7W output Firewire 800 port and an SDXC card slot. There's a Mini DisplayPort too.

The iMacs have built in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and Gigabit Ethernet. You can spec them up with 500GB to 2TB of 7200rpm hard drive storage, or a 256GB SSD. They have 8x multi-format DVD writers as standard.

The 21.5in model starts at £999, the 27in iMac at £1399.

The Macs come bundled with a Magic Mouse, but Apple is pitching its new Magic Trackpad as their ideal accessory. ®

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