Apple Unveils New iMacs with 21.5 and 27-inch 16:9 Displays ➝

Apple iMac

From the press release:

Apple® today unveiled an all new iMac® line featuring brilliant LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMac line, starting at $1,199, is the fastest ever with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for up to twice the performance.* Every new iMac ships with a wireless keyboard and the all new wireless Magic Mouse, the world’s first mouse with Multi-Touch™ technology pioneered by Apple on the iPhone®, iPod touch® and Mac® notebook trackpad.

The iMac now has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the 21.5-inch model has a resolution of 1920×1080 with the 27-inch model sporting a 2560×1440 resolution. The design has only changed slightly — the glass in front of the display now stretches edge to edge and the iMac’s stand has a cleaner tapered design.

The new iMac follows the MacBook Pro line in gaining an SD card slot. The speakers in the iMac have been redesigned to “deliver louder, clearer sound with better bass response and less distortion.”

The new iMac comes standard with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with options for the ATI Radeon HD 4670 or ATI Radeon HD 4850. The 21.5-inch model starts with a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of L2 cache. The 27-inch model has options for the 2.66GHz Core i5 processor or the 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, both of which are quad-core processors with Turbo Boost which will dynamically overclock the processor when you need the extra performance.

The new iMac is available today starting at $1,199.

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Update 10/20/09: Engadget has a great gallery unboxing and showing off the new Magic Mouse and iMac. Apple has also posted a video of Jonathan Ive, Bob Mansfield, and Scott Brodrick talking about the design of the new iMac and Magic Mouse.

Also, something I missed the first time around but have seen reported by many others: the iMac now supports video input through its Mini DisplayPort connector allowing it to be used as a display for other devices.

Update 11/12/09: Eric Slivka reporting for MacRumors claims that both the Core i5 and Core i7-based iMacs have started shipping.

Update 11/24/09: Engadget reports that many users are receiving their Core i7 iMacs DOA and/or with cracked screens. It’s difficult to tell how widespread the problem really is but if you’re looking to purchase one of these iMacs, at least be aware of the issue.

Update 12/17/09: Gregg Keizer reporting for Computerworld:

Apple has delayed shipping new 27-in. iMacs until it can figure out the cause of flickering screens and other display problems, according to reports from authorized resellers.

Update 12/26/09: Apple has released a graphics firmware update that addresses the screen flickering issue.