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New Thin iMac Models Set to Release Before 2013

By - Source: 9to5Mac | B 21 comments

21-inch model on its way to distributors.

Despite rumors suggesting otherwise, the new super thin iMac should meet its originally scheduled release by year's end.

Sources have dismissed the speculation and now say the forthcoming iMac models are set to release on its designated launch date. The 21-inch model is apparently on its way to distributors in the U.S. and other regions, with a launch expected to come into fruition before December arrives.

The 27-inch iMac model, meanwhile, is said to launch sometime during December, with online pre-orders set to commence soon.

Rumors pointed towards the launch of the upcoming all-in-one desktop being delayed until the opening months of 2013. Due to Apple's 5-millimeter thickness design, the desktop being so thin is said to have caused the firm production difficulties.

The report claimed that the "friction-stir welding" process was reportedly delaying production stages. The technique is used for air wing manufacturing and fuses aluminum together with heat, as well as thousands of pounds of pressure.

 

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    illo , November 20, 2012 8:20 PM
    any hardware upgrades or just a new form factor?
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    Camikazi , November 20, 2012 8:26 PM
    I really just wanna see a pic of this thing from the back and not just posed pics showing off the edges.
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    j2j663 , November 20, 2012 8:32 PM
    +1 to Camikazi

    This is apple marketing at its best, show off a couple of nice things and the iSheep will tell everyone that its the latest and greatest.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2012 8:42 PM
    Go on the website...plenty off pictures showing off the profile...haters are gonna hate...
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    joytech22 , November 20, 2012 8:43 PM
    I don't know about you guys, but I like the look of the 2011 iMac more than the new look.
    I'm not upgrading mine.. Not that I use it anyway.
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    ko888 , November 20, 2012 8:46 PM
    CamikaziI really just wanna see a pic of this thing from the back and not just posed pics showing off the edges.
    What were you expecting to see?
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    robochump , November 20, 2012 8:46 PM
    otacon725mm thick is pretty impressive.


    5MM edge, but overall size reduced from previous model. No impressive hardware specs but this isnt a Pro system. Looks very nice and wondering when Apple will change the design?
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    Camikazi , November 20, 2012 8:52 PM
    ko888What were you expecting to see?

    Yea, as I figured it is a bubble with sharp edges. Amazing how they keep touting "5mm thickness design" when it's only 5mm on the edges and much bigger everywhere else.
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    greghome , November 20, 2012 8:54 PM
    ko888What were you expecting to see?


    An Optical Drive :p 
    and at least the USB ports on the sides..............it's pretty annoying to get around the corner just to plug in a darn hard Drive
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    robochump , November 20, 2012 9:01 PM
    greghomeAn Optical Drive and at least the USB ports on the sides..............it's pretty annoying to get around the corner just to plug in a darn hard Drive


    Rather have cables run down than off the side of monitor. iMAC still the best looking all-in-one system out there. Perfect no, but what is? Also I rarely use optical drive but nice to have, so external it is :) 
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    Vladislaus , November 20, 2012 10:09 PM
    robochumpRather have cables run down than off the side of monitor. iMAC still the best looking all-in-one system out there. Perfect no, but what is? Also I rarely use optical drive but nice to have, so external it is

    Certain ports make sense on the back of the computer, others don't. For example something I hate on my iMac it's that the headphone port is on the back as is all usb ports. So every time I need to plug a headphone, a pendrive,... i need to look behind the computer plug them. Now with this model they made matters even worse. They moved the card reader from the side to the back. I may look prettier not having any kind of connectors on the side or front, but is it practical a design? No!
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    the1kingbob , November 20, 2012 11:50 PM
    VladislausCertain ports make sense on the back of the computer, others don't. For example something I hate on my iMac it's that the headphone port is on the back as is all usb ports. So every time I need to plug a headphone, a pendrive,... i need to look behind the computer plug them. Now with this model they made matters even worse. They moved the card reader from the side to the back. I may look prettier not having any kind of connectors on the side or front, but is it practical a design? No!


    But this is apple design.... If it looks nice then that is the way it should be, you just need to get use to the inconvenience. Just like you should learn how to hold a phone correctly....

    I personally don't buy it... I don't care if it looks a little funny, all I want in the end is something that works and isn't a pain to use. I don't under stand the big deal either, who the hell cares if the edge is 5mm, wtf does that do for the end user?
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    Scar89 , November 21, 2012 3:30 AM
    VladislausCertain ports make sense on the back of the computer, others don't. For example something I hate on my iMac it's that the headphone port is on the back as is all usb ports. So every time I need to plug a headphone, a pendrive,... i need to look behind the computer plug them. Now with this model they made matters even worse. They moved the card reader from the side to the back. I may look prettier not having any kind of connectors on the side or front, but is it practical a design? No!

    You could use a USB hub right?
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    chewy1963 , November 21, 2012 4:57 AM
    illoany hardware upgrades or just a new form factor?


    iSheep don't care about hardware as long as it's sexy enough to WOW their hipster friends!
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    Anonymous , November 21, 2012 6:17 AM
    iSheep don't care about hardware as long as it's sexy enough to WOW their hipster friends!


    ...and you can brag to your friends how fast Firefox starts up on your super fast hardware!!!
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    RealJames , November 21, 2012 8:11 AM
    if it were 5mm thick then the usb and ethernet ports on the back would have to go through the front of the screen to fit in.

    5mm is a blatant lie
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    RealJames , November 21, 2012 8:13 AM
    this thing is 5mm thick the same way that i have a tiny waist size if measured around my ankles
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    kellybean , November 21, 2012 12:08 PM
    I think they should have put the SD card slot in front. Will be a pain to use the current one.
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    Duzzi , November 22, 2012 5:13 PM
    I actually enjoy seeing the PC case right next to my display. :) 
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