Apple announces new, slimmer 21" and 27" iMacs with Fusion Drive options

Apple announces new, slimmer 21" and 27" iMacs with Fusion Drive options

Apple has just announced new 21" and 27" iMacs from their live event that weigh in at only 5mm thing and sheds around 8 pounds over its predecessors as well as updated specs. The new iMacs will not only have updated specs but feature a new option for a flash storage Fusion Drive of 128GB combined with a 1TB or 3TB HDD attached. The 27" iMac will feature a 2560 x 1440 display while the 21.5" will have a 1920 x 1080 panel. The 21.5" model will include base specifications of 2.7 GHz quad-core i5, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GT 640M, and a 1TB HDD and will start at $1,299. The 27" model will start at $1,799 and feature 2.9 GHz quad-core i5, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 660M, and a 1TB hardrive. The 21.5" model will begin to ship in November while the 27" variant will start shipping a month later in December.

Full press release below.

 

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

SAN JOSE, California—October 23, 2012—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.”
 
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 color 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.
 
Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/imac or apple.com/mac-mini.
 
*Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using preproduction iMac configurations. For more information visit apple.com/imac/features/.
**Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using preproduction Mac mini configurations. For more information visit apple.com/mac-mini/features.html.
***Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA ENERGY STAR 5.2 energy database as of October 2012. EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.
 
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flyersfan76 says:

How thin is it really. I mean the edge dept is thin but what about at the center? How thick is it there?

You don't measure ground clearance on a truck at the frame you measure at the lowest point of the axle.

flyersfan76 says:

Sorry I went a little off topic BUT during the show it looked like they were showing how "thin" the iMac was but they were showing the edge thickness. The middle of the back of the iMac is thicker.

It would be cool if you could mount the iMac to a wall but it is obiviously going to stick out from the wall more than the mount plus 5mm.

Vanti says:

Cannot wait to get this new imac and start developing apps for it and the entire ios lineup

S.Mulji says:

This, to me, is the most exciting announcement of all. These new iMacs are hot. Wish I had spare cash. I'd so buy one.

larryganz says:

I've needed to upgrade my 2006 iMac ever since I went to Lion in January. 3TB max RAM just wasn't enough anymore. I thought the updated iMac would be out in May and waited, then thought maybe a couple weeks after the June Macbook updates, then maybe when the iPhone 5 came out. So, here it is, and I'm pissed! It's a FREAKING desktop computer, why drop the DVD drive just to make it THINNER? WHAT IS WRONG WITH APPLE? I rip CD and DVD into my iMac all the time, and store everything on a 3TB USB 3.0 external drive to use with iTunes, which is limited by the iMac USB 2. Now I have to decide on a refurbished 2011 iMac with USB 2.0 and DVD built-in, or get a new one with a stupid Superdrive hanging off the back!

levi10288 says:

No DVD drive pissed me off as well, I know we're moving into the future with music and everything being digital, but I don't think consumers are ready to drop a DVD drive like that...It won't hinder me from getting this new iMac. It's definitely a beautiful piece of work. Just hate that I'll have that ugly drive hanging off the back >:/

cctpitts01 says:

Wow! With the addition of the GTX 660 graphics card this thing will game with the best of them lol good move on Apple part. :-)

scottae316 says:

Nice, I really like the new iMac. I probably will replace my present one. As for no optical drive you just buy the USB Superdrive. I very rarely use an optical drive anymore so I can live wiihtout it.

nikkisharif says:

The most exciting news today!!! Can't wait to get 1. I don't use a drive very often so its not an issue & if I need to use 1, I'll use the 1 on my MacBook Pro