Apple’s Cinema Display ramps up to 27″, iMac line-up gets speed boost

Apple's Cinema Display ramps up to 27

Apple have ramped up their biggest LED Cinema Display to now contain 27″ of  big screen loveliness, with the new display packing 2560 x 1440 pixels in a movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.

Previously, 24″ was as big as it got down Apple way, but the new top of the range number can be yours for $999 – with the 60 per cent more screen estate setting you back an additional $100 over than the smaller model.

“With built-in MagSafe charging, iSight camera, speakers, and USB ports, the LED Cinema Display is ideal for MacBook and MacBook Pro users,” purred Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Apple's Cinema Display ramps up to 27

Ports and connectors remain unchanged from the 24″ model, although the brightness has been nudged up a bit to 375 cd/m2, while the contrast ratio remains the same, at 1000:1. Response time has had an upward tweak too, rising from 14ms in the 24″ model, to 12ms in the 27″.

The beastie weighs in at 10.7kgs, measures up at 18.84″ tall, 22.57″ wide, and 7.76″ deep and will be available come sunny September.

We’ll post up the UK prices as soon as we get word, but check out the press release at the bottom of the page for more info.

Apple iMac line-up gets upgraded

Apple iMac line-up gets upgraded

The iMac line has also been significantly upgraded – here’s what you can now expect for your dosh:

21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, £999

  • 21.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7,200rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adaptors sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
  • Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM

21.5-inch 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, £1,249

  • 21.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7,200rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
  • Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.

27-inch 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, £1,399

  • 27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7,200rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
  • Configure-to-order options include a 3.6GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.

27-inch 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, £1649

  • 27-inch 2,560 x 1,440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7,200rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adaptors sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
  • Configure-to-order options include a 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM

    Apple Cinema Display press release

    CUPERTINO, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display with stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60 percent more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. Featuring a built-in iSight® video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe® connector, the new LED Cinema Display is an ideal companion for the MacBook® family or a Mac® desktop, and is available for $999.

    “With built-in MagSafe charging, iSight camera, speakers, and USB ports, the LED Cinema Display is ideal for MacBook and MacBook Pro users,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With its massive 2560 x 1440 resolution, the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display is a perfect fit with our powerful new Mac Pro, and it gives iMac users an easy way to double their screen real estate.”

    The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge that makes tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.

    Designed as a companion for any Mac notebook or desktop, the 27-inch display includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, an integrated MagSafe charger to keep Mac notebooks charged, built-in Mini DisplayPort connectivity for video and audio input and a powered three-port USB 2.0 hub so customers can charge their iPhone® or iPod® even when they take their MacBook with them.

    The new LED Cinema Display now includes a new ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and uses only as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience. Made with mercury-free LED technology, arsenic-free glass and highly recyclable materials, the LED Cinema Display meets stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.* The new display contains no brominated flame retardants and all cables and components are PVC-free.

    Pricing & Availability
    The new LED Cinema Display will be available in September through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). The LED Cinema Display requires a Mac with Mini DisplayPort.

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