Apple Announces iMac Speed Bump With Super-Sleek Profile

Summary: At a special event Apple today announced a substantially thinner iMac with an entirely new industrial design in the same 21.5 and 27-inch screen sizes (and four other new pieces of hardware.)

Apple held a "little" media event today at the California theatre in San Jose that turned out to be anything but "little" -- at least as far as hardware is concerned. Apple announced five (count 'em!) new hardware devices, including:
  • Mac mini
  • iPad with Retina Display (fourth generation)
  • iMac
  • MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display
  • iPad mini
In this post I want to discuss the new iMac (press release) which was last updated in May 2011.
The new model features:
  • Thinner industrial design built from aluminum and glass with up to 40 percent less volume
  • Upgraded display with reflection reduced by 75%
  • Every iMac display is individually color calibrated using an advanced spectroradiometer
  • 2.7 - 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, or
  • 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA Kepler graphics architecture - up to 60 percent faster performance
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, or
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX - best graphics available in an all-in-one computer
  • 8 - 32GB of 1600 MHz memory
  • 1 - 3TB hard drive, or
  • Up to 768GB SSD, or
  • Fusion Drive with 128GB of flash and a 1TB or 3TB hard drive
  • Two Thunderbolt
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
The new iMac isn't yet available for ordering, but Apple provided the following base prices:
  • 2.7GHz with 8GB and 1TB - starting at $1299 - available in November
  • 2.9GHz with 8GB and 1TB - starting at $1799 - available in December

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