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Faster than ever: Macworld Lab speed tests the mid-2011 iMacs

Macworld Lab has tested the rest of the new iMacs released this week, with the latest models demonstrating a significant boost over the desktops they replace. But not much differentiates the performance of the four new iMacs among each other.

Lab Report: New 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz speed results

Macworld Lab has all four standard configuration models, and the results for the $1999 27-inch iMac are in. The results do not disappoint, with the new iMac besting the previous generation of iMacs, including a couple of build-to-order (BTO) configurations.

Mail 4.3

Mail 4.3 offers no earth-shattering upgrades, just the same dependable, well-crafted, easy-to-use experience it always has.

iOS 4 software update

Every major release of Apple's mobile OS has brought a feature that should have been there since the start: in iOS 4, it's multitasking.

Apple Safari 5

Tough competition has only made Safari 5 even better. It's still the fastest, sleekest, all-around best Web browser in the business.

Magic Launch brings creator-code support to Snow Leopard

Magic Launch lets you open documents via their creator code in Snow Leopard, as you could in all earlier OS X releases. You can also have a given document type opened by different programs based on simple rules you create.

Parallels Desktop Switch To Mac

If you're feeling a little nervous about using Macs for the first time, the Switch To Mac Edition might well be worth the extra money.

eBuddy and eBuddy Pro for iPhone

Both the free and pro versions of this multi-protocol IM app work pretty well, though not right out of the box. But if you're willing to tweak a few settings, eBuddy performs quite capably.

QuickBoot eases startup-volume switches

QuickBoot makes it quick and easy to switch between multiple bootable volumes volume.

DoorStop X Security Suite 2.3

DoorStop X Security Suite is a collection of three tools designed to leverage your Mac’s built-in firewall, help you understand how others are trying to access your computer, and to help you understand how to keep your Mac secure.

27-inch Core i5 iMac (with Core i7 option)

The wait is over: The 27-inch Core i5 (and Core i7) iMacs have arrived. We've tested the new quad core iMacs, and it was worth the wait.

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

The new $999 Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is a fantastic product for workgroups, small businesses, and even schools to use.

Speedmark 6

The Macworld Lab has been hard at work tweaking Speedmark, our overall system performance testing tool, to better accommodate Snow Leopard and to test the Macs on which it runs.