Apple rolls out updated iMacs
APPLE, following up on last week's debut of new iPhone models, updated its line-up of iMac desktop computers with faster Intel chips and more support for flash-memory storage.
The new iMacs will run on fourth-generation, quad-core Intel processors and feature faster graphics capabilities, Cupertino, California- based Apple said in a statement.
The computers, which went on sale yesterday, will also work with a speedier version of the Wi-Fi connection standard and PCIe flash storage.
Apple's wave of new products is helping assuage investor concerns that the company's growth is slowing. Its shares jumped 5 per cent to US$490.64 (S$614.77) on Tuesday, after the company said it sold a record nine million iPhones in the new line-up's debut weekend.
The iMac, once a top-selling product at Apple, has been eclipsed by the iPhone and iPad, though its all-in-one format remains a high-profile symbol of the company's strength in design.
"iMac continues to be the example that proves how beautiful, fast and fun a desktop computer can be," Mr Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said in the statement.
Prices range from US$1,299 to US$1,999, depending on the screen size, processor speed and other features, Apple said. The iMac is available with 21.5-inch and 27-inch screens.