New iMacs with Core i5/i7 Processors and Thunderbolt

Apple unveiled the new iMac desktops today.  The new models keep the 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes and step up to Core i5 processors across the board in the base configuration – with Core i7 processors available as an upgrade.

As expected, the iMac now has Thunderbolt I/O ports (like the recently announced MacBook Pro models), which deliver data transfer rates at a whopping 10 Gbps – up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12x faster than FireWire 800.  The 21.5″ models sport one Thunderbolt port, while the 27″ models offer two ports.  Four USB 2.0 and a Firewire 800 port round out the I/O options on the backside of the new iMacs.

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