Redesigned iMacs coming Friday, 27-incher shipping in December

By , Nov 27, 2012

Your dream desktop machine is around the corner. The thinner, redesigned all-in-one iMac lineup introduced last month will be available starting this Friday, November 30, Apple confirmed today. The 21-inch model comes in two flavors, with upgrade options including a faster Core i7 chip and a Fusion Drive. The top-of-the-line 27-incher will ship next month and includes up to a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 675MX graphics. The 21.5-inch model will be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December…

Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller called the eight-generation iMac in a media release “the most beautiful iMac we have ever made”.

The 21-incher is available in two configurations.

The cheaper $1,2999 model features Intel’s 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz while the pricier $1,499 one has a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 chip with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz.

Both configurations have 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, Nvidia’s GeForce graphics with 512MB of GDDR5 memory (640M on the base model and 650M on the other) said to deliver up to 60 percent faster performance and a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive that on the pricier model can be upgraded to a Fusion Drive.

The 27-inch dream desktop is also available in two configurations.

The $1,799 model has a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 660M graphics. The $1,999 model features a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 675MX graphics.

The Fusion Drive is a new storage option developed by Apple which combines 128GB of flash storage with a standard hard drive, creating a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance.

Apple notes the new industrial design that has allowed for the iMac’s dramatically thinner appearance.

Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac packs high performance technology into an aluminum and glass enclosure that measures just 5 mm thin at its edge and features a reengineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent.

The manufacturing process involves friction-stir welding, a process that doesn’t require the materials to be melted for them to be joined.

The Register has more on that:

Instead it softens and merges the edges by mixing the two materials under frictional heat. The result is a smoother join of very high strength, and the process is quicker and uses less energy than traditional welding techniques.

Friction-stir welding also allows for a “seamless, precise and superstrong join”, according to Apple. The company also laminated the display directly to the glass to yield a 45 percent thinner display system.

Do you plan on buying one of these beauties?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496513068 Zach Krase

    you added an extra nine to 1,299

  • Dan

    They do look nice. But too expensive for me, I’d rather build my own PC, same power for half the price.

    • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon

      sometimes less then half haha

    • http://www.facebook.com/karl.kurtz.7 Karl Kurtz

      Completely agree. In some cases, 1/3 the price.
      Apple -> you pay for design and looks.
      PC -> you pay for hardware and performance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        Fuck No.. Mac is way more reliable then Windows. My Mac Pro never lags.

      • Dan

        My PC never lags either ;)
        I’m on windows 7 pro 64 bit, and I’ve had maybe one crash in the whole year, they really stepped up from Vista.

      • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

        My Windows PC I built in hardware and performance will kill this thing, even at the maxed out available specs. I am running the i7 3770k ivy bridge with 32gb of ram and two 7970s in crossfire. Two 256 SSDs with several 2tb drives for data. On Windows 8, it doesn’t even know what the word lag is. I did this far cheaper than what the iMac will cost me.

  • Mr_Russ1an

    Can’t wait!!

  • iamnotfan

    Solid build, Solid OS, powerful price
    Only Apple can do it

    But I like Windows PC’s

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      ^^^^you are not well

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i will never ever go back to a desk top mac ever… II have the mac book pro 13″ i5 for portability hooked to a 27 inch apple HD cinema display when im at home via the henge dock and it is gravy!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

    about to order one later tonight. going to be dropping $3,000 on it in the configuration that I have picked which is scary as hell for a computer… my big fear is that once I do this, next year they will slap in a retina display and I will hate myself for spending so much only to have it feel obsolete a year later.