After weeks of rumors, some even pointing to a launch during WWDC 2014, Apple has updated the iMac range with a small facelift, which is limited to the inclusion of a new entry model at a lower price, very line was last updated MacBook Air. No doubt this update is conditioned by the Intel roadmap, the new family of processors, Broadwell, will not be available until later this year.
The main novelty rather unique, is the entry model in the range, 21.5 inches, which has the same configuration as the MacBook Air, with the i5-4260U processor, a dual core 1.4 GHz with Turbo Boost to 2.7 GHz, Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive at 5400 rpm. With this configuration the iMac happens to have an entry price of 1129 euros , representing a decrease of $ 200 compared to the previous basic configuration. All other settings remain unchanged, completing the range of two 21.5-inch model and two versions of the 27-inch model:
iMac 21.5-inch , Intel Core i5 1.4 Ghz Haswell (up to 2.7), 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel Integrated HD Graphics 5000 (€ 1129)
iMac 21.5-inch , Intel Core i5 2.7 Ghz Haswell (up to 3.2), 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Intel Integrated Graphics Iris Pro (€ 1,329)
iMac 21.5-inch , Intel Core i5 2.9 Ghz Haswell (up to 3.6), 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GT 750M (€ 1,529)
iMac 27 inch , Intel Core i5 3.2 Ghz Haswell (up to 3.6), 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 755M (1849 €)
iMac 27 inch , Intel Core i5 3.4 Ghz Haswell (up to 3.8), 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M (€ 2,029)
We will have to see how it works this input model, which could be aimed at the education market with an identical new MacBook Air configuration, but without input ssd hard drive that could penalize their performance on the day. In any case I do not think a bad entry price if the product value overall although when compared to the previous basic version and also because they expected more from Apple than simply reducing specifications accompanied by a reduction in price .