Redesigned Apple iMacs Available This Friday
Apple's iPad Mini and iPad 4 have been available for a while now, but we're still waiting on some of the other products Apple announced at its October event. This week, Apple announced that the new, redesigned iMacs would become available starting this week. Cupertino revealed that those hoping to get their hands on the new 21.5-inch model will be able to buy one starting November 30. If you're holding out for the 27-inch model, you'll be waiting into December, as Apple still hasn't announced a formal release date for that version.
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, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M and 8GB of 1600 MHz RAM. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. Pricing for the 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,299.
The 27-inch iMac comes 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. You can also bump the specs in this one, pushing it to a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX. Both models also come with Apple's new Fusion drive, which combines HDD and SSD technolgoy in a single storage drive.
Of course, the iMac didn't just receive a specs bump. Apple redesigned the AIO from the outside, too. The skinniest iMac yet, the all-in-one carries over that razor thin aesthetic from the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines and measures just 5mm thin at its edge. Apple says it was able to shrink the depth of the new iMac by re-imagining how the entire machine is put together. For one thing, they laminated the glass. Another alteration was the elimination of the optical drive, which used to be on the right side of the machine. Now, customers will have to invest in an external USB optical drive if they really want that functionality.