New iMac Refresh

So Thin...
Aside from the new iPads and the retina notebook, Apple also announced their new and refreshed iMac lineup. Again, although still retains the same all-in-one design, it's radically thinner than before. Apple claimed that it's 80% thinner than it's predecessor. It's about time they update this line... since it's one of Apple's 'affordable' computer.

Okay, it's thinner, so what? Hit the break to see what's new with this newly-redesigned AIO :D

Powerful Quad-Core Processor

The new iMacs are equipped with i5 quad-core processor starting at 2.7GHz. Of course, it's the third generation, both the 21.5" and the 27". As for the $1,999 27" configuration, you can configure it to 3.4GHz Core i7 for more cash. It's a huge plus compared to previous generation iMacs.

Storage and Memory

Radically thin form factor, whether you like it or not, has quite an impact towards users' accessibility inside the component, especially in AIO computers. Take a look at the new iMac. For each configuration, you get 8GB (4GB chips times two), and configurable to 16GB. I suppose those memory chips are soldered, just like in retina notebooks and MacBook Airs. As for the 27", things are a bit different, though. The benefit of getting the bigger screen is that users will have access to four SO-DIMM slots for their upgrade excitement. As for 21.5", sorry... you're out of luck.

Fusion Drive
As for storage, all configurations have 1TB HDD. While the 21.5" get the 5200rpm one, the 27" get the 7200rpm disks. Moreover, the $1,499 configuration allows you to upgrade your storage to 1TB Fusion Drive. Fusion Drive is Apple's term for combining SSD along with HDD. Apple claims that Fusion Drive can intelligently shifts your frequently used apps and data to the SSD, while shifting the rest to HDD. This theory results in faster boot and more productive time.

For the 27", you can also configure your storage to 1TB or 3TB HDD or Fusion Drive, or go for the 768GB of SSD storage. Both options are fine for me... That's a lot of storage...

Graphics

This is going to be where the iMac will excel. Sure, it's not an extreme serious gaming rig, but it's nice to know that at least you shell out more than $1,000 with a discrete graphics card.

The lowest $1,199 configuration will get a GT640M 512MB card, while the $1,499 will get the GT650M 512MB card. As for the 27", the game gets serious. For the first time, the iMac will finally get a GTX (yes, it's an X!) NVidia Card. For the $1,799 configuration, you'll get the GTX660M with 1GB memory, while the highest-end configuration will get you the GTX675MX 1GB card. Again, for more cash, you can replace that 675MX with an even better GTX680MX 2GB card. Step into the Boot Camp, and fire up those games, Gentlemen!

Ports

As for the ports, everything's the same. You get 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Thunderbolt ports, one SDXC card slot, a headphone jack, and gigabit Ethernet jack.

For each purchase, you'll get one Apple Wireless Keyboard and one Magic Mouse, or that Magic Trackpad, so you're ready to go once you unpack and plug it into the power cord.

So, how's that? The iMac seems to turn out to be one of the greatest gaming rig, or a powerful design tool, although it's not meant for gaming. Will you shell out that much cash to upgrade your existing iMac? What do you think? Fill us in the comment section below.

Anyway, that's for the iMac update. Sorry for the late post; I have a lecture this evening. Thanks for visiting and reading, Guys :D

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  1. I heard Final Cut Pro X is coming out and I was thinking of swigging to Mac. I am wondering whether to buy an Imac repairs or a 15' MacBook pro. What are the differences in terms of speed of editing? I can't stand when the playback lags or it is slow, so I'm wondering if I will be happy with a MacBook pro. How much faster is the iMac? What is the life compared to a leading pc in terms of speed and performance? Any information is greatly appreciated!

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    1. Hello, and sorry for the late reply.

      I'm a little bit confused by what you meant by 'repair'. What model of iMac are you currently using? And which 15" MacBook Pro model are you referring to?

      That depends on which type of user you are. If you tend to stay at home, then iMac is the best for you. If you tend to go outside often, then of course the best choice would be the MacBook Pro.

      As for the difference, I assume you're referring to the base model (you get it at the store with no modifications). As far as I know, they're almost the same in terms of speed, with differences in display and user base. An iMac has a bigger display which will make you more comfortable when editing videos and images.

      The difference comes with the new models. Some latest iMac model (late 2012) has the Fusion Drive, which is basically the hybrid of SSD and HDD. I don't suppose that even the latest MacBook Pro has this. Fusion Drive obviously results in higher speed, thanks to its SSD attachment.

      Hope this helps. If not, feel free to contact me and post another question. I'll try my best to answer it :D

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

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