updated 08:15 am EDT, Wed June 18, 2014
Design cues remain the same, unit uses Intel's new i5-4260U processor
As previously rumored, Apple has updated its iMac line with a new, lower-cost model. The new 21.5-inch unit uses Intel's i5-4260U processor running at 1.4Ghz with a "turbo" speed of 2.7GHz, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, 8GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The new model sees no design changes from its predecessor, and adds the new Intel i5-4260U processor, launched earlier this year. The $1,099 price is $200 lower than the previous entry-level model, the 2.7Ghz 21.5-inch iMac (still available). Graphics are provided by the Intel HD 5000 integrated video chipset.
The normal suite of ports rounds out the machine, with four USB 3.0 ports, a SDXC slot, Gigabit Ethernet, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack. The new model is available to ship from Apple's online store immediately. At least for now, there is no in-store pickup option.