Apple announced Tuersday that the new iMacs revealed by Phil Schiller at the Apple Special Event on October, 23 will be available to consumers this coming Friday, November 30. Featuring a thinner profile design, a display with reduced reflection, faster processors and a new hybrid HDD/SSD storage option called Fusion Drive, Apple is touting the new iMac as the most advanced desktop the company has ever made. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.
Completely redesigned while retaining thematic continuity with the preceding model, the new iMac’s aluminum and glass enclosure measures just 5 mm at its edge and features a reengineered display that Apple says reduces reflection by 75 percent. The new iMac comes standard with 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, a 1TB hard drive, third generation Ivy Bridge quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors claimed to deliver up to 60 percent faster performance. The Fusion Drive combines 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 hybrid 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 an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M GPU for a suggested retail price of $1,299; 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 GPU for a suggested retail price of $1,499. 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 GPU for a suggested retail price of $1,799; 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 GPU for a suggested retail price of $1,999.
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