The iPad mini and a fourth generation iPad may have stolen the headlines at Apple’s “a little more” event last week, but also revealed was Apple’s new faster thinner iMac, now in its’s eighth edition…
The four new iMacs ; two each of 21.5-inch and 27-inch models; led with the headline from Apple’s boss as having “an amazingly thin edge” that’s a mere “5 millimetres thin.” However in order to achieve this degree of downsizing something had to give. The something in this case was the removal of the optical drive. This wasn’t completely unexpected as Apple have been winding down optical drives most notably in the recent Macbook Pro Retina 15″ (available on a three year flexible business lease from £15.60+VAT per week). With the advent of downloadable App’s and the Cloud our reliance on optical media is not what it once was, for those with a stack of DVD’s though the new iMac will be compatible with the external Superdrive… a fairly inexpensive workaround.
Whilst some of you may be disappointed with Apple taking away; you maybe appeased by what they are giving.For example, the new iMacs are powered by 2.7GHz to 3.2GHz quad-core 3rd Generation (Intel’s Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5 processors in the stock models, with 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz quad-core 3rd Generation Core i7’s available as options for the top 21.5- and 27-inch models, respectively.
The Graphics specs have been boosted as well now ranging from the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory at the entry level up to a GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB of GDDR5 memory at the top end. A GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory is an option on the 3.2GHz 27” model only.
Standard hard drive storage is now uniformly 1TB across the line, a 5400 RPM version in the 21” models, and the 27” at 7200 rpm. An exciting new option is the Fusion Drive, which works on a similar principal to the Momentus hybrid drive an old favourite of Hardsoft Computers. Essentially the Fusion Drive is a 128GB Flash drive “fused” via software to a traditional hard drive; 1TB in the 21”, 1TB or 3TB in the 27”. The software automatically puts the OS and your most used items onto the flash portion, meaning a lightening quick response and boot on all your favourite items without shelling out on the more expensive SSD option which is now available in a 768GB format on the 27” models. Apple have also addressed an issue that has been a grumble for more than a few iMac owners by introducing an anti reflective coating to the screen, to reduce glare by 70%.
Don’t have to RUSH to order as though we have pricing in the standard models there are scant details on the i7-3.4GHz and those who want the i7 with Fusion Drive and possible 2GB Graphics may have to wait until the end of December for delivery !
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