On 23 OCtober 2012 Apple unveiled a new iMac, sporting a slimmer look, more powerful hardware, and a much better display than the previous generation model.
“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,” the company said in a press statement.
The new iMac is much thinner than its predecessor, with up to 40 percent less volume and an edge that is only 5 mm thick.
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.
With two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports, the new iMac offers support for high-performance peripherals.
Every new iMac now comes standard with 8GB of 1,600MHz 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.
Apple also announced their Fusion Drive storage option – a hybrid SSD/HDD that combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive. Mac OS identifies the drive as a single storage volume and will manage files to optimize read and write performance by automatically moving 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.
Apple’s Mac mini comes standard with 4GB of 1,600MHz memory with support for up to 16GB.
The new Mac mini now includes four USB 3.0 ports in addition to its Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.
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).
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.
The 27-inch iMac will be available in December while the 21.5-inch iMac will be available in November.
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.
The Mac mini is available immediately.