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iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) - Technical Specifications

Processor and memory

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading
  • 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading
    3.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost

4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; four SO-DIMM slots support up to 16GB

Size and weight

  • Height: 17.75 inches (45.1 cm)
  • Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)
  • Depth: 7.42 inches (18.85 cm)
  • Weight: 20.5 pounds (9.3 kg)1

Connections and expansion

  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot

Communications

  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Audio

  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
  • Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
  • Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone

Environmental Status Report

iMac is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free3
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosures
  • Meets ENERGY STAR 5.0 requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold4

Acoustic Performance

DECLARED NOISE EMISSIONS in accordance with ISO 9296

  Sound Power Level
LWAd (B)
1 B = 10 dB
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
LpAm (dB)
21.5-inch, 3.06 GHz 21.5-inch, 3.2 GHz 21.5-inch, 3.06 GHz 21.5-inch, 3.2 GHz
Idle 3.0 3.0 18 16
Hard drive accessing 3.0 3.0 19 16
CD drive accessing no value 3.3 no value 22
  1. LWAd is the statistical upper-limit A-weighted sound power level (rounded to the nearest 0.1 B).
  2. LpAm is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel).

Display

  • Built-in 21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
  • Typical brightness: 330 cd/m2
  • Millions of colors at all resolutions
  • Typical viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
  • 16:9 aspect ratio

Graphics and video support

  • 3.06GHz
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 3.2GHz
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • iSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
  • Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display

Storage5

  • 3.06GHz
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • 3.2GHz
    1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Optional 2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive

Optical drive

  • Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed
    • Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
    • Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
    • Writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed
    • Writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed
    • Reads CDs at up to 24x speed

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 241W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-20° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Typical acoustical performance
    • Sound pressure level (operator position): 18 dBA at idle6

What’s included

In the box:

  • iMac
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Power cord
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Included software:

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more. Learn more about Mac OS X Snow Leopard

iLife

Includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb. Learn more about iLife

Accessories

Mac Software

  • iWork
  • Aperture
  • Logic Express
  • Final Cut Express

Displays and Graphics

  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter
  • Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

AirPort & Wireless

  • Time Capsule
  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station

Other Accessories

  • Magic Trackpad
  • Apple Battery Charger
  • VESA Mount Adapter Kit
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

Limited warranty and service

Your iMac comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.

Apple and the global environment

Learn more about Apple’s dedication to reducing the environmental impact of our products and process. The Apple Product Environmental Specification details the environmental attributes of our products.

Recycling

Apple takes a holistic view of materials management and waste minimization. Learn more about how to recycle your Mac.


  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. Wireless Internet access requires a wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply.
  3. PVC-free AC power cord is available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
  4. iMac achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and the UK.
  5. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  6. Acoustics measured on standard 21.5-inch iMac systems. Acoustics may vary by configuration.
Last Modified: Dec 11, 2013
  • Last Modified: Dec 11, 2013
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