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Shiny Mac-y People

For all the fuss and nonsense that goes on every time Apple introduces a new iPhone or iPad, it's easy to forget that the venerable Mac gets updated every year or so with minimal fuss. Just this week, for example, Apple has quietly put out a 2011 update to the iMac range.

The new models have the same prices and sizes as the old lineup - starting from £999 for the 21.5-inch model up to £1649 for the 27-inch. But they've all had a processor bump, with the whole range now offering Intel's new 'Sandy Bridge' quad-core processors, from 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz. They're really fast, basically.

Perhaps more interestingly, Apple has updated the iMacs with the new 'Thunderbolt' ports it first introduced on the MacBook Pro earlier this year. This makes it super-easy to add additional screens, leading to Engadget rather amusingly popping in two additional 30" displays just to see what happens. (They say they found it a bit much.)

To be honest, there's nothing here to drive you to upgrade if you don't plan to anyway. But if you're in the market for an iMac, you'll now get more for your money. And that's never a bad thing, right?

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