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Thunderbolt iMac arrives in Apple stores

Thunderbolt iMac: the newest iMac boasts a 70 percent increase in speed, the new Thunderbolt data port, and more.

By PETER SVENSSONAssociated Press / May 4, 2011

Thunderbolt iMac: In this product image provided by Apple Inc., the upgraded line of iMac desktop computers with faster processors, higher-resolution cameras and the new Thunderbolt data port, are displayed.

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Apple Inc. on Tuesday released an upgraded line of iMac desktop computers with faster processors, higher-resolution cameras and a new type of data port.

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The new iMacs all have Intel quad-core processors, which had been available as an upgrade to the standard dual-core processors of the previous generation.

Apple said the new models are up to 70 percent faster.

The new 21.5-inch iMac has a single Thunderbolt port, which can carry data at speeds 20 times faster than most current USB ports.

It can also connect to additional monitors. The 27-inch iMac has two Thunderbolt ports.

Apple introduced Thunderbolt on MacBook Pro laptops in February. The port was developed by Intel Corp.

The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,199, the larger model at $1,699.

Apple last revamped its iMacs in July 2010.

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