iMac (2012) Announced: New Slimmer Design, Ivy Bridge, And More

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    evilsatan said:

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    Over the past couple of weeks, the rumors and speculation have been relentless regarding today’s Apple keynote event, and although it was presumed an iMac refresh would be on the way, the changes announced by Phil Schiller have taken everybody by surprise.


    The dramatically thinned-out form factor sees the company’s flagship desktop cut down to 5-millimeters at its thinnest point, with a colossal 8lbs shed when compared to the previous generation.





    Apple has been really aggressive this year in cutting the MacBook range down to size while maintaining and improving the technology and hardware within, and the iMac is the latest device to be given a design overhaul.


    There’s no Retina display, for those curious, but that shouldn’t take away from what is a vastly-improved computer on first view. It packs in the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0, and does away with the optical drive in order to manage its incredibly thin form factor.





    I have to say, when I first saw it, I thought it looked like an enlarged iPad on a stand – such is the svelte nature of it – and anybody whose been waiting patiently for Apple to upgrade the iMac will struggle not to be impressed by the new design.


    As well as the Ivy Bridge and USB 3.0 everybody expected, though, it also features a new Fusion drive, which has been built by Apple to bridge the gap between flash storage and the traditional spinning hard drive. Essentially, you get the storage of the HDD, with a performance almost equaling that of an SSD, and in the words of Schiller, users get "near the performance of flash, with access to all of that storage, without having to do anything else."


    It will ship, once again, in 21.5-inch and 27-inch models. The smaller version will be available from next month, while the larger iMac will drop at sometime in December, so if you’re in the market for a new Mac this Fall and portability is not on your agenda, you’ll struggle to beat the new iMac.





    In the box is a wireless keyboard, wireless Magic Mouse, but optionally, you may want to opt for the Magic Trackpad. Although the optical drive is no longer in-built, consumers can also select a standalone drive if, as Schiller puts it, they’re "stuck in the past"
    The 21.5-inch iMad costs $1299 for the entry level version, while the 27-inch starts at $ 1799.

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    ant3b said:

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    Might sell my IMAC and get one of these with the new gtx680mx BEAST!!!
     
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    {{909}} said:

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    am i missing the point of having a stupidly thin design? Its not like you are going to be carrying it about. Who exactly are Apple's market these days?
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    Old Bang & Olufsen customers!
    "Where you are is what you eat. When I'm in London I'll have beans on toast for lunch. On holiday — what? Tapas? Go on then I'll have a bit. You eat whatevers in that area"
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    ant3b said:

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    no idea. I want it for the new graphics cards.. to be honest I much prefer the older one
     
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    blaggard said:

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    No optical drive just to make it thin?, there was never a chance of retina graphics as I have said endlessly, the display is gorgeous as it is....... my 2011 i5 is fine for me and the Windows partition has no problems with games...
    I'd rather keep some space inside for airflow. .
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    Rob said:

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    They probably made them this thin so you can't upgrade the RAM yourself and end up having to pay their extorionate prices at the time of purchase......the same thing happend to the mac books that have the RAM soldered in.
     
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    raelmadrid said:

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    i'll add it to my lottery win list
     
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    Sanj[UK] said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant3b View Post
    Might sell my IMAC and get one of these with the new gtx680mx BEAST!!!
    You sure its the MX and not the M? I heard it was a 512mb mobile chipset graphics. This imac has quite the bulge too.
     
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    DennisTheMenace said:

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    I'm still happy with my iMac I7 the wife bought me as a wedding present ... This was at the end of 2009, but it still going strong and looks gorgeous ...
     
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    MsDG said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant3b View Post
    Might sell my IMAC and get one of these with the new gtx680mx BEAST!!!
    Will that be for the huge catalogue of OSX 3D games... or you just like paying double for a windows gaming machine?
     
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    blaggard said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsDG View Post
    Will that be for the huge catalogue of OSX 3D games... or you just like paying double for a windows gaming machine?
    He's already an iMac owner and I tend to agree that this is not much of an upgrade over the last model but I'd rather bootcamp for gaming than buy a separate Windows machine and I suspect he feels the same, my Dec 2011 i5 plays just about anything.. . .
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    B B Leo said:

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    the new fusion drive is more of an appeal to me
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    tawny said:

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    Well this has screwed me up a bit. I have a buy through work scheme using salary sacrifice but it ends on November 1st. I thought I would treat myself to a top spec iMac as I can save over 40% and then I heard that there may be a new model released. So I waited and got all excited about the new model. Now I can buy either! Why has apple pulled the old models from sale? It's crazy, I am ready spend a couple of grand on an iMac and they don't want my money. I will have to do some negotiating in work to see if I can buy it when it is out and start paying now.
     
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    blaggard said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawny View Post
    Well this has screwed me up a bit. I have a buy through work scheme using salary sacrifice but it ends on November 1st. I thought I would treat myself to a top spec iMac as I can save over 40% and then I heard that there may be a new model released. So I waited and got all excited about the new model. Now I can buy either! Why has apple pulled the old models from sale? It's crazy, I am ready spend a couple of grand on an iMac and they don't want my money. I will have to do some negotiating in work to see if I can buy it when it is out and start paying now.
    I'm sure the stock exists somewhere, PC World et al will be knocking them out......
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    tawny said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaggard View Post
    I'm sure the stock exists somewhere, PC World et al will be knocking them out......
    Yep, but can't ramp up the spec on them without doing it myself
     
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    ant3b said:

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    Sanj on the websit eyou can configure it to the 680mx mate says underneath
     
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    ant3b said:

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    MsDG. There is a quite a few games on Steam for OSX and more coming all the time. Plus video editing etc.

    It serves as both windows and mac. Plus no wires etc.. make the front room look cleaner and clutter free....

    Its all preference.