Apple Announces New Thinner, Faster iMac Lineup

Apple Announces New Thinner, Faster iMac Lineup

Apple announced yesterday, October 23rd, their new iMac computer lineup that will be available later this year. Their new desktop line is amazingly thin, yet they are faster and more powerful than the previous line of iMac computers.  What does this mean for iMac users? This means you will be able to accomplish tasks faster, open more programs at the same time, copy and download files in less time, and have access to more storage space than was previously available.

A Thinner, More Beautiful Display

The first thing you notice about the new iMac lineup is how shockingly thin they are. At just 5mm thick at the edges, the new iMacs are 80% thinner than the previous generation or computers. The iMacs fit into a category of desktop computers called “all-in-ones,” meaning that although the computer looks like it is just a monitor, it actually houses all of the computer’s components within it as well. The display itself has also been tweaked to add a new anti-glare coating, helping to reduce annoying screen glare by 75%. The new iMac will still come in the same two sizes, 21.5-inches and 27-inches, with a 2,560 x 1,440 and 1,920 x 1,080 screen resolutions for the two sizes, respectively.

Faster Performance and a New Type of Storage

Inside the new iMacs, Apple built in a choice of a Core i5 or i7 processor, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 768GB of flash or 3TB HDD, and 32GB of RAM. You can now also choose what Apple is calling a Fusion Drive for your computer, instead of the traditional HDD or flash storage. The Fusion Drive consists of 128GB of flash storage mixed with a 1 or 3TB HDD. The Fusion Drive then automatically saves documents to the best place based on how often you are using certain programs, documents, etc. so that your computer runs more efficiently and documents are able to be accessed more quickly.

Pricing and Release Dates

So all of this sounds amazing, right? But the big questions are: how much will you have to pay for all of this updated equipment, and when will it be available? The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,299, with a 2.7GHz i5, 1TB HDD, and 8GB of RAM.  The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799, with a 2.9GHz i5, 1TB HDD, and 8GB of RAM. The 21.5-inch model will start shipping in November, and the larger iMac will be available one month later, with shipments starting in December.

So what do you think? Were you impressed by Apple’s big announcements, or were you left wanting more?

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