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Apple Discontinues Intel-Based 21.5-Inch iMac.

Apple today announced that it is discontinuing the 21.5-inch iMac with Intel’s older Broadwell chips, replacing them with Kaby Lake processors on its online store. Apple says the new models are up to 50 percent faster than the prior generation and meet Energy Star 6.1 requirements. The systems will ship immediately upon purchase.

The new 21.5-inch iMacs come in three models: a 2.3GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) quad-core 7th gen Core i5 (7300U) configurable to dual-core 3.0 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) 7th Gen Core i7 (8650U); a 2.3GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) quad-core 7th gen Core i5 (8350U) configurable to dual-core 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) 8th Gen Core i7 (8650U); and a 2.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 (8700T). Prices range from $1099 for the base model to $1399 for the mid-tier model and $1749 for the high-end version.

Apple has discontinued Intel’s older Haswell processors on its site, replacing them with Kaby Lake chips in all models. Apple says that Skylake chips are not yet available in sufficient quantities. Owners of 21.5-inch iMacs with older Broadwell chips will continue to use them with their current machines but cannot upgrade with newer components.

While the company makes no mention in its support documents, Intel’s releases indicate that the Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs drop-in replacements for one another, so it is reasonable to assume that Apple could update 21.5-inch iMac production at some point in the future.

Apple also today announced new iMac Pro models with up to 18-core Xeon processors, 128GB of RAM, and AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics. The systems are available to order starting today but won’t ship until December.

The updated 21.5-inch model is no longer offered on Apple’s site. If you were considering upgrading your older Broadwell iMac, this might not be the best time to do it.

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