New, ultra-thin iMac available starting November 30

Apple's all-new, all thin iMac will be available for your purchasing pleasure starting November 30. The 21.5-inch model will be available through Apple Online, Apple Retail, and select Apple resellers, while the 27-inch model will be available for order through Apple Online and will ship sometime in December (no word on in-store availability for that model). Lest we forget the details, originally announced over a month ago at the October iPad and Mac event, Apple has issued a press release to remind us:

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 new iMac includes 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, a 1TB hard drive, third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors that deliver up to 60 percent faster performance. Fusion Drive is an innovative new storage option that gives customers the performance of flash and the capacity of a hard drive by combining 128GB of flash with a standard hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance.

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 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).

Apple is using a process called "friction stir welding" to adhere the iMac front panels to the casings at the molecular level, and rumor has it that's not the easiest thing to do at commercial scale. Supplies might be constrained going into the new year, so if you've been waiting on the new iMac, shop early and shop fast.

Anyone planning on picking one up?

Source: Apple

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NEO2126 says:

so on Apple's website, "available in November" really meant, on the last day of the month you can configure and purchase... that is really too bad

Iranger79 says:

I will be ordering the 27 inch with the i7 and fusion drive. Looking forward to this beautiful all in one!

Dionte says:

Lol they waited til the last day, same with iTunes 11? I hate my iMac right now, it freezes everyday. I think time machine is the culprit.

emjayess says:

I'm looking forward to the 27" all tricked out--especially need the larger hard drive!

mmillajovovich says:

as Eric implied I'm in shock that any one able to profit $4673 in 1 month on the computer. have you seen this website PIE21.ℂOℳ

Vanti says:

correct me if im wrong but isnt the Itunes refresh suppose to happen in November as well? I remember visiting the site and it got pushed back from October....

TomW093 says:

I don't see why Apple neglects the DVD/Blu Ray drives. Yeah, that thin design looks nice, but I need those drives. That's literally the only thing keeping me from switching to Mac.

Kingdaddy says:

I'm frustrated that Apple thought it smart to reduce functionality by removing the DVD drive just for the sake of thinness when desktop thinness is not a priority.

I'm going to upgrade anyhow. Would be helpful to know what the expected option costs are, e.g. How much is the 2TB / fusion drive upgrade? Other upgrades?

Trodecke says:

For those missing the optical drive on the new iMac (and the rest of the Mac line for that matter). While I'm sure the thinness played a part in the decision to drop the optical drive I doubt it was the only part or even the main part. In the mind of Apple, they see the DVD and BluRay business as going the same way as the CD business, essentially going away. Remember, I don't believe Apple sells any DVD or BluRay movies but they do sell/rent movies via iTunes. ;)

Also, if you really must have a DVD you can pick up an Apple Super Drive (DVD only) for $79. If you want a BluRay experience, I believe I've read a few forum posts regarding what BR players work with OS X.