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Apple unveils new iMac with improved design, performance

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 23 Oct 2012 16:32 User comments (5)

Apple unveils new iMac with improved design, performance New iMac looks pretty, picks up pace.
The new iMac is packed into an aluminum and glass enclosure with up to 40 percent less volume than its predecessor and an edge that measures just 5 mm thin. The new iMac also features a completely reengineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent.

It is powered by Intel Core i5 processors, or Core i7 if you wish to upgrade. The latest NVIDIA GeForce processors deliver up to 60 percent faster performance for advanced gaming and graphics intensive apps.

Every new iMac now comes standard with 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and a 1TB hard drive, and customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and a new 3TB hard drive, or 768GB of flash storage for ultimate performance.

For connectivity, the new iMac features two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports.

Apple also described its new Fusion Drive option, an innovative new storage choice that gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance.

Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access.

The new Mac mini



Apple also updated the Mac mini, driven by dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. Mac mini comes standard with 4GB of 1600 MHz memory with support for up to 16GB. It now includes four USB 3.0 ports in addition to its Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.

Pricing & Availability

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US). It will be available in November through the Apple Online Store.

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US). It will be available in December through the Apple Online Store

The Mac mini is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $599 (US); a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $799 (US); and a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, OS X Server, 4GB of memory and two 1TB hard drives for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). It is available today through the Apple Online Store.

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5 user comments

123.10.2012 17:29

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Apple also described its new Fusion Drive option, an innovative new storage choice that gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive.

Yes, it was innovative...when someone else did it a few years ago! Watch Apple sue Gigabyte for including it on all their boards for the last three years...

Was this just copy-n-pasted from the Apple website or something?


224.10.2012 6:07

It seems like it was copy-n-pasted, hybrid drives have been around for some time now. Maybe you just can't call them fusion drives, or they'll sue your a** off huh?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 24 Oct 2012 @ 6:09

324.10.2012 12:33

dang, still no HDMI? crazy apple!


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424.10.2012 17:52

Wow.

They remove the firewire port, the audio in port, and ship with 5400 rpm drives instead of 7200 like the last imacs. Then they only include a measly 512MB ram on the GT640M video card?

Apple... why must you give with one hand and taketh with another?

And WHY the obsession with "ooooh! Look how THIN this imac is now!"? For Christ's sake, it's a friggin' desktop machine! It's not like we're gonna try to load this into our backpacks!

524.10.2012 18:08

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:
Apple also described its new Fusion Drive option, an innovative new storage choice that gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive.

Yes, it was innovative...when someone else did it a few years ago! Watch Apple sue Gigabyte for including it on all their boards for the last three years...

Was this just copy-n-pasted from the Apple website or something?
I said pretty much the same thing to a teacher I work with today that is a die hard blind Apple Fanboy.. Apple loves to place a brand on something and make the naive believe they innovated it or invented it.

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