PC and Mac users may seem rabid as each side defends its views. While Apple doesn’t have the largest chunk of the active PC market, it definitely has many devoted users. Release of the new summer iMac systems for 2011 demonstrates that Apple is ready to attract more users to their Mac OS. Business is war. The new iMacs (availble for pre-order on May 4) are ready to shake, rattle, and roll, even though they are satisfied to reach an eclectic minority that perceives reality on a different plane. Existentially, these iMacs present a friendly force for work and play. These are warriors for perseverance and are proven achievers.
The first Apple iMac ushered a new concept to desktop computers – the all-in-one design. Free of bulky towers, your desktop was maximized and your bulk was minimized. Over the years, the iMac remains as the most revolutionary evolutionary desktops available.
Today’s iMac has come a long way from the first 15-inch iMac that was introduced a decade ago. In 2011, iMac offers a 21.5- or 27-inch display with edge-to-edge glass covering nearly the entire front of the enclosure. When all you see is the display, nothing gets between you and what’s onscreen. Movies, TV shows, FaceTime HD video calls, websites, and photos — everything looks stunning on the widescreen 16:9 iMac display from Apple.
The more pixels a display has, the greater illumination those pixels need to achieve the best picture possible. And that’s exactly what the LED backlighting in iMac does: It pushes light through each pixel with remarkable brightness and efficiency. Because the LED backlight doesn’t take up much space, the iMac enclosure stays thin — even with all the high-performance components inside. The 21.5-inch iMac features 1920-by-1080 HD resolution. Apple engineers could simply have stretched that resolution up and out for the 27-inch iMac. Instead, they took the display well beyond HD with up to 2560-by-1440 resolutions. That’s 78 percent more pixels than the 21.5-inch iMac display.
In an iMac, the display also holds the key processing elements of your computer system, allowsing more room to separate the two hottest components, the CPU and the GPU. This keeps things cool inside the iMac enclosure. Apple engineers also implemented an intelligent control system that monitors temperatures and delivers just the right amount of airflow to critical components. And the three fans inside iMac have been tuned to be ultraquiet, so you hardly know it’s on. iMac comes with a wireless keyboard. With Magic Mouse, you get a mouse unlike any other. Its smooth, seamless design lets you control everything with simple gestures.
But if you’re all gestures all the time, then opt for Magic Trackpad. Its touch-friendly all-glass surface gives you plenty of room to scroll, swipe, pinch, and rotate to your fingers’ content. When you purchase your new iMac from the Apple Online Store, you have the option to replace the included Magic Mouse with the Magic Trackpad at no extra cost.
While iMacs are known and respected for their outstanding designs and friendliness, the iMac remains, first and foremost, a computer. Whether used for art, animation, music, video creation or video streaming or web browsing, it’s supported by Intel quad core processors to assure easy routes for carrying out your creative tasks and exploration of your new ideas. New quad-core Intel Core i5 processors are standard on the new iMac. Choose a 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.5GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. Or expand your view with a 27-inch iMac featuring a 2.7GHz or 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. You can even configure iMac with the fastest quad-core processor available — the Intel Core i7. All models use Intel’s recently refined chipsets. That means the new iMac performs nearly twice as fast as the previous generation,1 adding a new dimension of speed to everything you do. And since Mac OS X is designed to take advantage of each core, it captures every last bit of performance from the processor.
When you need performance for things like playing 3D games, editing HD video, or running design software, the discrete AMD Radeon HD graphics in iMac go to work. You see more frames per second and experience better responsiveness. With the AMD Radeon HD 6970M, the top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac offers the best graphics of any all in one. But no matter which iMac you choose, you’re guaranteed superior graphics performance. With up to 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory, these processors provide up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation.
Armed with Thunderbolt for lighting fast data transfer, and DisplayPort for unique visual options, iMac is prepped up to kick computing up to speed.
And the iMac offers exemplary security. Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. Mac OS X comes with built-in defenses that keep you safe, without any work on your part. And when a potential security threat arises, Apple responds quickly by providing software updates and security enhancements you can download automatically and install with a click.
While there may be animosity among PC and Mac users, these new iMacs set the record straight that, beyond sales of the iPhone and iPad, Apple is, very much, a serious contender in the computer business. When it comes to special applications, Apple and these new iMacs show off their edge. There will always be two sides to every coin. For now, these iMacs are on the shiny side.