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 announces new iMac with 5mm thin profile - Jason O'Grady

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:

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

So, are you buying?

Topics: Apple, Hardware

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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