updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue September 24, 2013
Company makes stealth update
Skipping an announcement during its September press event, Apple today unveiled the 2013 edition of the iMac. The desktop is making the switch to Intel's Haswell platform, and now comes standard with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCIe-based SSD storage, where selected. The base 21.5-inch model comes with a 1TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, and intergrated Iris Pro graphics. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch sizes support Core i5 configurations up to 3.4GHz, and NVIDIA GeForce 700-series videocards.
When trying to maximize system specs, a buyer can scale up to a 3.5GHz quad-core Core i7 chip paired with GeForce GTX 780M graphics. Storage options include 1TB or 3TB conventional hard drives, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drives, and purely SSD-based storage up to 1TB. RAM expansion can go as high as 32GB. In terms of ports, each iMac comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 connections.
The updated iMac models are available starting today. Prices typically range between $1,299 and $1,999, but can go higher if built to order. Systems also cost more if a buyer opts for a system with a VESA wall mount.