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This article lists the different types of Apple desktop computers available.

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple started its journey with the Apple I back in 1976, and it hasn’t looked back ever since, expanding into a multitude of categories including tablet devices and smartphones. However, its evergreen Macintosh desktop computer still remains a hot favorite. Today’s Apple desktop computers can be classified into three chief categories.



The iMac is Apple’s most impressive desktop line, and comes with the ultimate combination of power and aesthetics. The 21.5-inch models and one 27-inch model are equipped with 3.06GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processors, while the other 27-inch models boast a quad-core Intel Core i5 at 2.8GHz or even a stunning alternative of an Intel Core i7 at 2.93GHz.

The latest iMac features 4GB of DDR3 memory with expansion slots of up to 16GB for users who need the extra memory. Featuring a wireless mouse as well as a multi-touch trackpad, the iMac allows users to interact with the computers in a variety of ways, whichever they are comfortable with.

The iMac also features a wireless keyboard, an iSight camera for video chat and photo captures, and uniform LED backlighting that promises a colorful and attractive display from every angle. For gamers, the iMac line comes equipped with ATI Radeon graphic processors, which range anywhere between a 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 (for the 21-inch model) to a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 (for the 27-inch model).

Mac mini

Weighing just 10 pounds and measuring 7.7 inches by 1.4 inches, the Mac mini is a small desktop computer powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and featuring a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor. The device also comes equipped with 8GB RAM and although it doesn’t have a display, it can be plugged into other displays or even HDTV’s to provide a superb visual experience.

The Mac mini features several ports, including HDMI, FireWire 800, USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort output and an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. In addition, the SD card slot allows for easy transfer of files from digital cameras. A built-in 802.11n wireless technology guarantees easy connections to Wi-Fi networks.

Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is a workstation computer and is built for sheer power, featuring processing options of 4, 6, 8 or even a jaw-dropping 12 cores. An integrated memory controller, combined with a speedy DDR3 ECC SDRAM at options of either 1066MHz or 1333MHz guarantees higher bandwidth and higher processing speeds.

The Mac Pro boasts four 3.5-inch drive bays which enable mind-blowing internal storage — up to 8TB. In addition, users have the option of adding four 512GB solid-state drives for even more impressive performance.

Measuring 20.1 inches tall, 8.1 inches wide and 18.7 inches deep, the Mac Pro features FireWire 800 and USB ports and a front-panel headphone minijack and internal speaker. Users can connect the Mac Pro to Apple LED displays and choose additional upgrades and accessories such as wireless keyboards and magic trackpads, configuring the workstation as they wish.

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