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All-New iMac Features Stunning Design, Brilliant Display & Faster Performance

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  1. btarunr

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    Apple today unveiled a completely new iMac with a stunning design, brilliant display with reduced reflection, and faster processors.* With third generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive, the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made.

    "With a stunning design, brilliant display and faster performance, we've made the world's leading all-in-one desktop computer better in every way," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The all-new iMac is unbelievably thin, yet packs an incredible amount of performance and technology into our most innovative desktop."

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    Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac packs high-performance technology 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. Built with an unprecedented level of fit and finish, the new iMac delivers an amazing desktop experience in a gorgeous design. The new iMac also features a completely reengineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent while maintaining brilliant color and contrast. In the new design, the cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied using a high-precision plasma deposition process. Every iMac display is individually calibrated using an advanced spectroradiometer.

    The new iMac features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7. 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. With two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports, the new iMac delivers even greater expandability and support for high-performance peripherals.

    Fusion Drive is an innovative new storage option 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.

    Apple also updated the Mac mini with third generation dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors that are up to twice as fast and have integrated graphics that are up to 65 percent faster.** Mac mini comes standard with 4GB of 1600 MHz memory with support for up to 16GB. Retaining its amazingly compact aluminum design, the new Mac mini now includes four USB 3.0 ports in addition to its Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.

    Both iMac and Mac mini meet stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieve an EPEAT Gold rating.*** iMac uses up to 50 percent less energy than the previous generation when idle, and features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac mini retains its status as the world's most energy efficient desktop computer, using only 11W when idle. Both the iMac and Mac mini include PVC-free components and cables, contain no brominated flame retardants, and use highly recyclable materials and material-efficient packaging designs.

    iMac and Mac mini ship with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

    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). The 21.5-inch iMac will be available in November through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

    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). The 27-inch iMac will be available in December through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

    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). The Mac mini is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
     
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    Quad core Ivy, high-end mobile Kepler, and a gorgeous 27 inch display for $2k is pretty nice for an AIO.
     
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    But Apple is always overpriced! :<

    Waiting for that guy who claims this is overpriced and he can build a rig which is better and cheaper :rolleyes:
     
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    I could buy the parts and assemble them together into a computer.... I can't really build the computer parts :(
     
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    Just hire some chinese! Pay them some money and off they go working like elves just before Christmas
     
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    Would I have to import them (my little Asian Elves cousins)?
     
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    Why does Intel limit us to 64GB but iMacs get 128GB for caching? That is unless Apple developed their own SSD caching instead of using Intel's SRT.:confused:
     
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    Apple is overpriced and I can build a rig which is better and cheaper!!! :rockout:
     
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    Not only can you build it for less but you can save a helluvalot of nature not buying apple. The parts they use are 'green' but how they're assembled is an excuse to throw it away in a few years.
     
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    For an All-In-One pretty thin.
    But it is more like a laptop with a stand so it is still really fat...
     
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    Absolutely the most fantastic looking desktop PC that I've ever seen. Just when you think that we're in a ditch, Apple steps the fuck up and knocks it out of the park.
     
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    Yea, the 27" iMac in particular has always been a solid buy as you could never get a quality 2560x1440 panel on the cheap until those Korean panels showed up recently. But I have always thought the iMac was the best of the all in one offerings, and this thinner design really puts it even further ahead in terms of looks. The hardware upgrades and caching system also look like real winners. I am quite interested in seeing how well their Fusion compares to the alternatives out there, but it does seem like a better solution than having 1 volume for the OS and another for storage and apps like I do on my desktop. Yes I could use Intel's SRT but as it is limited to 64gb I never bothered. I'd rather see a more hybridized volume solution where I could take advantage of the cheap 240gb SSDs available today paired with the 1 tb raptors.

    But really a great update when everyone was just expecting the same old design with some new cpus in the spec sheet. It really is about damn time flash storage made its way into the iMac, either as the fusion route or the pure SSD.
     
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    How are you going to build a 27" AIO, made of aluminum and glass, for less?



    Any word of target display mode on these models?
     
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    That's about the size of a normal monitor. Insanity!
     
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    They're funky units and run well enough, plus the display is very nice. Bitch to upgrade though.
     
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    1080p for 21.5-inch, and 1440p for 27-inch.
     
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    I'm considering buying one of these.

    For fuck's sake.
     

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