Apple upgrades iMacs with quad-core processors

May 03, 2011 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer
MacWorld attendees look at a display of iMac computers. Apple on Tuesday announced that it beefed up its iMac all-in-one desktop computers with powerful new-generation Intel chips and high definition cameras.

Apple is upgrading its iMac line of desktop computers with faster processors, higher-resolution cameras and a new type of data port.

The new iMacs all have Intel quad-core processors, which were available as an upgrade to the standard dual-core processors of the previous generation. Apple Inc. says the new models are up to 70 percent faster.

The new 21.5-inch iMac has a single port, which can carry data at speeds 20 times higher than most current USB ports. It can also connect to additional monitors. The 27-inch iMac has two Thunderbolt ports.

Apple introduced Thunderbolt on MacBook Pro laptops in February. The port was developed by Corp.

The 21-inch iMac starts at $1,199, the larger model at $1,699.

Apple last revamped its iMacs in October 2009.

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FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (96) May 03, 2011
Apple's computers lag behind as always. Better gold plate them or jewel encrust them, or maybe even include a free starbucks drink.
nayTall
1 / 5 (4) May 03, 2011
hey frank. i bought a car the other day. i don't care about cars and how they work, i just like to get from point a to point b, and know to change the oil every so often. i have other interests that keep me busy 24/7, and i have in-depth knowledge in my area of expertise. i guess by PC fanboy logic, i should be able to take my car apart and build it back up again because, (snort!) - i'm an idiot for simply wanting a car that doesn't take up all my time.
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (95) May 03, 2011
No, you're an idiot for thinking you need a computer science degree to operate a PC. Invest in gold if all you want is jewelry.
nayTall
1 / 5 (3) May 03, 2011
you're just another side to the same coin buddy. i'd use a PC happily if it wasn't a productivity killer every other day, requiring me to learn more about computers than i have time for. guess i'll make art and music with my 'jewelry' and be content. and being content means you don't need to assault the 'other guy'. why are you so discontent?
FrankHerbert
2.6 / 5 (94) May 03, 2011
Let me know when you win a Grammy ;)
El_Nose
5 / 5 (4) May 03, 2011
hey nayTall

The issue is the car you bought was a mercedes and when you need a basic part like a water pump or a fuel pump that go out on every car including yours - you will have to special order it from the manufacturer because they don't allow other people to make these special parts

not only will you wait two weeks for delivery but you will pay twice as much for the same functionality

-- and viruses are just car thieves and your car is about as popular as a Volvo taking 12% of the market space -- but don;t worry if people actually start liking the over priced volvo you bought there are plenty of virues out there that already work on your car.

Really if you buy a PC be happy with what you bought. But if you are money conscious a non Apple PC is the way to go - you pay 1/2 the price for double the computer

oh -- just in case you fell for Apple's marketing campaign an Apple is a PC -- PC means personal computer. And Microsoft Windows is an operating system not a puter
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (94) May 03, 2011
To be fair, musicians fall for that sort of advertising more than any demographic I'm aware of. I routinely turn $50 worth of vacuum tubes and wood into $1000 amplifiers. It's like alchemy.
rgwalther
1 / 5 (3) May 03, 2011
To be fair, musicians fall for that sort of advertising more than any demographic I'm aware of. I routinely turn $50 worth of vacuum tubes and wood into $1000 amplifiers. It's like alchemy.


Funny, your name doesn't sound Chinese? Oh right, you said 'wood' and not bamboo.
rgwalther
1 / 5 (2) May 03, 2011
musicians fall......than any DEMOGRAPHIC ... I routinely turn $50 worth of vacuum tubes and wood into $1000 amplifiers. It's like alchemy.

*How do you know that your sucker musicians are Greek?
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (92) May 03, 2011
Why is it always about race with you rgwalter? Your racism becomes more apparent with every post.
Quantum_Conundrum
5 / 5 (4) May 03, 2011
Apple's computers lag behind as always. Better gold plate them or jewel encrust them, or maybe even include a free starbucks drink.


Yeah, I hot this Quad core HP AMD machine almost a year ago for about $500, WITH a 20 inch HD monitor, and it still has better specs than this new Apple iMac.

PCs have had up to 6 core processors for about a year or so now.

nayTall:

Apple wants you to think or company's PCs are hard to use. They're the same damn thing, except they are cheaper, faster, and customizable.

Oh yeah, all the parts come color coded for like the past 15 years, and are pretty much idiot proof.

With Apple, you'd pay $500 extra for a slightly bigger monitor and an extra port...what a rip off.

I just found a 6GB quad core 3.2ghz AMD machine online for $550 which is far cheaper than this sorry Apple system, and probably even has more HDD.
Quantum_Conundrum
3 / 5 (4) May 03, 2011
It amazes me that Intel and AMD are so far ahead of Apple that it's a joke. Their computers from 2 years ago are still ahead of this thing.

Why are people so ignorant that they actually buy these computers from Apple?
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (95) May 03, 2011
I find the funniest part about it to be Apple adopting x86 architecture. They spend decades telling people how superior their computers are, then as soon as they find success in another market (ipod/iphone) they stop making their own computer hardware. What could be more damning?
rgwalther
1 / 5 (1) May 03, 2011
I find the funniest...in another market (ipod/iphone) they stop making ...computer hardware. What could be more damning?

...more damning?...
Repetitive, congenital idiocy?
Apple was the great SOFTWARE basis when barely successful. All modern graphics PROGRAMS/GUI would not exist without the Mac System. Gates would now be the POPE over a fanatical priesthood of hooded monks to provide pseudo-'religious' service for your 'holy and unknowable' PC systems.
Eventually Apple became Microsoft and start selling 'mod' shit to idiots. Then like Gates' Microsoft, Job's Apple grew really rich.
Fortunately the die had been cast and simplified Digital Graphics communication already existed.
I spent 18 years working as an Apple consultant to provide MAC graphics to Procter & Gamble. By 1999 Microsoft had to abandon its goal of world subjugation as all programs had copied MAC software success.
If you were not there in '84, then you don't even know there was a difference.
LUCKY you...
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (95) May 03, 2011
You seriously think Apple invented the GUI? You must have been close enough to Job's to be affected by his reality distortion field. lmao
rgwalther
1 / 5 (1) May 03, 2011
It amazes me that Intel and AMD are so far ahead of Apple that it's a joke. Their computers from 2 years ago are still ahead of this thing.

Why are people so ignorant that they actually buy these computers from Apple?


It was ALWAYS the MAC software system and the independent GUI. Apple is now just Gates plus.
I heard Herbert's, lag behind as always, complaint from a rundown convenient store operator in 1990. We weren't trying to track JuJubie inventory, we were trying to find the future of graphics and interactivity. Maybe even video...Naw!!!
It actually happened. Jobs got pissed and sick and now he is 'Locutus of Borg'.
Go figure. If he is making billions, it must be good, Right?
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (93) May 03, 2011

Go figure. If he is making billions, it must be good, Right?


I guess that puts gates on top, right?
rgwalther
1 / 5 (1) May 03, 2011
Why is it always about race with you rgwalter? Your racism becomes more apparent with every post.

You seriously think Apple invented the GUI? You must have been close enough to Job's to be affected by his reality distortion field. lmao


Hey Abbott(aka Herbert), Do you not realize that your 'racism' rant is the entire point of my ethnicresponses to your silliness.Did you even read the PM I sent?

Invention NO, application for humans, YES!
Hey super typo
My name is Robert G Walther, not Walter. You think I'm some limey?
GFY
FrankHerbert
2.6 / 5 (94) May 03, 2011
Apple has contributed exactly nothing to computers or society. Sorry bud. You're quite the apple acolyte.
rgwalther
1 / 5 (1) May 03, 2011
Apple has contributed exactly nothing to computers or society. Sorry bud. You're quite the apple acolyte.


You incredible, useless ass! I have not even used a MAC since my heart surgery and retirement six years ago! Mac are now overpriced for little reason. The explanation would take a hundred pages... Useless and sad that I got caught up in this.
APPLE is now like you, a pandering, mindless entity with minimal contact to production.
I must apologize to others reading this lunacy. I sent a PM to try explain my views. This Herbert guy is like some drunk at a ball game and I have let him get to me.

My apologies to all.
FrankHerbert
2.7 / 5 (94) May 03, 2011
Swing batter batter batter batter swing
El_Nose
5 / 5 (1) May 04, 2011
@QC

It amazes me that Intel and AMD are so far ahead of Apple that it's a joke. Their computers from 2 years ago are still ahead of this thing.


now i don;t personally like apple -- but remember that Intel and AMD are semiconductor manufacturers -- Apple is a PC maker -- the two cannot be compared -- Intel and AMD make products that Could be used in an Apple computer, if they allowed AMD processors that is

Its like comparing a company that makes paper to a book binder - Or a Fran oil filters to Ford or GM

those are the best examples i have

Why are people so ignorant that they actually buy these computers from Apple?


now this is actaully the value add that Apple says it gives -- Apple has these stringant rules on compatibility - thats why you can't upgrade it with off the self parts. this rigid uniformity allows for a pleasant computer experince, as long as you don't play video games ;-)

Apple computers are for those who just need a typewriter :-) !!
El_Nose
5 / 5 (1) May 04, 2011
@rgwalther

I totally disagree with your arguement... remember the GUI that we all know and love was stolen from Xerox, along with the mouse.

Lets face it Apple is a think tank company and is REALLY good at new ideas -- but it's like a child that things that if it makes something no one should be able to compete with it -- Apple is UPSET that touch screen phones use similar finger gestures -- 90% of the gestures HAD to be similar

Apple is really good at taking an idea to completion -- they are AWESOME at that -- imho that is what they should stick to -- rewriting industies - they destroyed the walkman market with the ipad -- totally changed the smart phone market with the iPhone and revitalized the tablet market with the iPad -- they pick target markets and introduce inovation -- they should stick to that and they will be a company that never slows down and can LET GO of old products that made them money

They are the Bell Labs of the 21st Centruy. Edison would be proud.
J-n
3 / 5 (1) May 04, 2011
Meh, I use linux. It's just easier than having to buy upgrades to my OS every few years. Works fantastically on old hardware as well as cutting edge hardware.

I've never seen the "Difficulty" in using it that many folks complain about. My parents and sisters were constantly getting viruses on their home computers, so i switched them over to Linux and they're all very happy. They find it just as easy if not easier to use than Windows or Apple for the things they usually do.

While Butterflies and Apples sit and fight, us Penguins are busy actually using our computers ;)
maxcypher
not rated yet May 09, 2011
J-n: Notice that you had to switch your family over to linux -- I'm assuming that is because they couldn't do the switch themselves. I'm about ready to try out Ubuntu 10 because I hear that it is the most user-friendly.