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  • Apple Announces Next Generation iMac


    Apple has announced their next-generation iMac, which is Apple’s best-selling desktop computer. The new iMac has a complete redesign and it’s much thinner and lighter – 80% thinner, and 8 pounds lighter. Although it's thinner at the edge, it does get thicker as you move to the center of the machine.

    To make the iMac thinner, Apple has removed the optical CD/DVD drive and re-engineered the display. There no longer a gap between the glass and the actual display, as it is now laminated to the glass. This will reduce glare and make the display look much better, as well as reduce the thickness of the display. Each display is individually calibrated on the manufacturing line, according to Apple's Phil Schiller.

    Functionally, the iMac comes with some hardware upgrades too. The iMac gets a FaceTime HD camera, improved stereo sound, and dual microphones. These upgrades will make listening to music, watching videos, having FaceTime calls, and Skype calls much better along with other things.

    The iMac comes with the option of Apple’s new Fusion Drive, which is an intelligent hybrid drive that combines hard disk storage with flash storage; more on the Fusion Drive here. Users can also configure the amount of storage they want, with up to 768GB of flash storage. The new iMac now supports up to 32GB of memory, which is twice what was allowed in the last generation.

    The 21.5-inch iMac gets a 2.7Ghz quad-core Intel i5 processor, while the 27-inch iMac gets a 2.9Ghz quad-core Intel i7 processor.

    The new iMac comes in 21.5 and 27-inch configurations, which start at $1299 and $1799 respectively. The 21.5-inch model ships next month, but people wanting the 27-inch model will have to wait until December.

    The Apple Store Web site is now up and running again. Here is a link to the iMac section of the Web site.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Announces Next Generation iMac started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I like the revamp iMac since i don't use the DVD/CD optical Drive & the fact that it comes with a TB HD..where as when i bought mine in May of 2011 it came with a 500GB for $1200 & if i wanted a Larger HD it was MORE. Now that i can get a TB HD for the SAME AMOUNT!!! it's a No brainer & the Processor is Better with an iVy vs my Sandy Bridge. It comes with 2 thunderbolt connections vs One, so that's MORE then enough for me to sell my iMac & get the New one.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      You must have bought 21in then. My 2010 27in came with 1tb as stock config. Which is coming close to running low on space.

      Was just over on apple looking at the iMacs and I really like it. I don't use the disc drive in mine often at all. Think I only use it to install store bought games and most of those only need the disc in drive once and you copy over app.
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Anyone know when can you start ordering iMac and when in November they ship??
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      I was reading elsewhere the 27in has user upgradable ram. The 21in does not though.
      Correct.
    1. Mr. B's Avatar
      Mr. B -
      Seriously? A $1,300+ machine nearly two feet across and they can't fit a 9.5mm thick optical drive?
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. B View Post
      Seriously? A $1,300+ machine nearly two feet across and they can't fit a 9.5mm thick optical drive?
      It's not that they can't but dont want too. Think about it. Nearly all of us don't even use optical drives.