Apple’s new iMac, described by worldwide marketing chief, Phil Schiller, as ‘the most beautiful iMac we have ever made’ is 80% thinner than its predecessor, and features a two-piece aluminium case which uses friction stir welding to fuse the parts together.
The display is ‘optically laminated’ to its glass cover, and comes in 21.5in and 27in versions. The 21.5in model has a 2.7GHz or 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, with 8GB RAM, a GeForce GT 640M or 650M GPU, and 1TB hard drive. It costs £1049 or £1249 and ships in November. The 27in iMac has a 2.9GHz or 3.2GHz quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, a GeForce GTX 660M or 675MX, and 1TB guard drive. It costs £1499 or £1699 and ships in December.
Build to order options include the ability to beef up Ram to 32GB, increase storage to 3TB, or swap the hard drive for up to 768GB of flash storage. THere are four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt, Gigabit EThernet, and an SDXC slot.
‘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.’
Apple also debuted a new storage option, called the Fusion Drive. The Fusion Drive marries 128GB of flash storage with a 1TB hard drive. Mountain Lion sees it as one volume, and the system files and core applications are stored in flash while documents sit on the hard drive. The OS then monitors the files you access most frequently and moves those to flash storage while relegating files used less often to the hard drive.
Apple’s other consumer desktop Mac, the Mac mini was also revised. The standard version now comes with either a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor or 2.3GHz quad core Core i7. Both models have Intel HD 4000 graphics and 4GB RAM. The Core i5 has a 500GB hard drive, while the i7 has 1TB. That can be replaced with up to 256GB of flash storage or the Fusion drive.
There are four USB 3 ports, HDMI, Thunderbolt, FireWire 800, and digital/ analogue line in and line out jacks. Also included is 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz wifi and Gigabit Ethernet. There’s also an SDXC slot on the back. The server version has the same basic spec as the i7 model, but with two 1TB hard drives and it comes with OS X Server.