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Apple Announces New Super-Skinny iMac

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In case the new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini aren't your style, Apple also gave its iMac a makeover today. The company unveiled the skinniest iMac yet at its event in San Francisco this morning. The all-in-one carries over that razor thin aesthetic that you'll recognize from the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air line, measuring 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 made to slim things down 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.

As far as graphics are concerned, you're looking at Nvidia's Kepler, with GT 640M on the entry level and GT 660M on higher-end model. Graphics aside, there's Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i5 CPUs, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 3 TB of HDD storage or a 768 GB SSD. For those that love the capacity of HDD but can't sacrifice the performance of flash storage, Apple has got something new. At least, it's new for Apple. Dubbed Apple Fusion drive, it's a combination of HDD (1 TB or 3 TB) and 128 GB of flash storage. Yep, Apple is finally getting on the hybrid storage wagon.

The new iMac starts shipping in November (the 21.5-inch model -- the 27-inch model won't ship until December), and will start at $1299.

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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 6:27 PM
    Core i5's AND Core i5's? Sounds like quite the selection of processors. >_>

    Also, next time the article is about a new product, make sure to include a picture of said product and not just a panorama of previous models.
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    cobot , October 23, 2012 6:39 PM
    bender30004 of the last 5 articles are Apple related topics......You guys are the Fox News of the tech world.


    Don't be ridiculous, mate, there was an apple event today whith quite a few makeovers/new products anounced. That is why there are many articles about apple in a row.

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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 6:27 PM
    Core i5's AND Core i5's? Sounds like quite the selection of processors. >_>

    Also, next time the article is about a new product, make sure to include a picture of said product and not just a panorama of previous models.
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    bender3000 , October 23, 2012 6:34 PM
    4 of the last 5 articles are Apple related topics......You guys are the Fox News of the tech world.
  • 14 Hide
    cobot , October 23, 2012 6:39 PM
    bender30004 of the last 5 articles are Apple related topics......You guys are the Fox News of the tech world.


    Don't be ridiculous, mate, there was an apple event today whith quite a few makeovers/new products anounced. That is why there are many articles about apple in a row.

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    ivanto , October 23, 2012 6:39 PM
    thumbs up for removing DVD. It's son 90's
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 23, 2012 6:43 PM
    It does look beautiful. However, I do wish they'd managed to get a retina display in there. Obviously the yield/costs on the screens aren't quite there yet.
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    mcvf , October 23, 2012 6:44 PM
    bender30004 of the last 5 articles are Apple related topics......You guys are the Fox News of the tech world.

    I actually appreciate Jane's articles and found them quite balanced, even though they do not always fit into the typical or standard geek's topics.
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    neo_moco , October 23, 2012 6:46 PM
    Quote " Now, customers will have to invest in an external USB optical drive if they really want that functionality."
    Well...thank you very much apple for this added functionality ... now users will have some cables and external drive on their desk but hey ... "we shaved off a few mm off the back of the display "-that we don`t care and see anyway !!!
    Apple to customers : "Trust us ... you don`t need optical drive ... everything is in the cloud now ! "
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 6:46 PM
    actually, he isn't being ridiculous at all.

    the past few weeks their has been a steady flow of at LEAST 4-8 apple ARTICLES a day.

    Why can't they post them all in one damn article?

    Im done clicking the apple links to give toms Add revenue. Enough is enough. Bad enough the news is always late aswell.
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    partytime , October 23, 2012 6:48 PM
    Humm... no Optical = No blu ray...
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    shafe88 , October 23, 2012 7:16 PM
    partytimeHumm... no Optical = No blu ray...

    Apple designed it that way not only to make it thinner but to get extra money out of people. Even if people don't buy an external optical drive they still get extra money by reducing production coast. But come on, is apple that cheap they cant include a $10 optical drive.
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    cloakster , October 23, 2012 7:35 PM
    No blu ray drive is incredibly stupid. Any word on USB 3.0?
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    robochump , October 23, 2012 7:41 PM
    BigMack70The amount of money iSheep are willing to pay for these things is truly mind-boggling.


    How you iHaters must always post on Apple articles is more mind-boggling.
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    rohitbaran , October 23, 2012 8:01 PM
    robochumpHow you iHaters must always post on Apple articles is more mind-boggling.

    We got a live one here
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    danwat1234 , October 23, 2012 8:42 PM
    3TB? No 4TB possibility? Well that's morbidly obese. At least it supports 3.5" drives.

    I would assume it comes with both USB3 and thunderbolt just like the sandybridge macbook pros
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    LightningStryk17 , October 23, 2012 8:48 PM
    Who uses an optical drive any more? I got a macbook pro 2 years ago and never used the optical once. (I also have not used the optical on my gaming PC in about a year+ as well).

    Its a dead technology......
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    mortsmi7 , October 23, 2012 10:32 PM
    LightningStryk17Who uses an optical drive any more? I got a macbook pro 2 years ago and never used the optical once. (I also have not used the optical on my gaming PC in about a year+ as well).Its a dead technology......

    Don't get me wrong. I like Steam, but absolutely hate having to wait for a 15+ GB game to download. It's only convenient to me because the only place to get games around here is the crappy wal-mart with a selection of PC games that only seems to include Star Craft and WoW.
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    bystander , October 23, 2012 10:32 PM
    I personally would not care about thinning down the iMac. It's a desktop computer, why does making it a little thinner matter? This is purely an aesthetics issue, that isn't even an issue.
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    panini , October 23, 2012 10:35 PM
    Spanky DeluxeIt does look beautiful. However, I do wish they'd managed to get a retina display in there. Obviously the yield/costs on the screens aren't quite there yet.


    Retina displays are actually pretty cheap. The main reason they didn't add one in is because the graphics card wouldn't be able to drive a 27" retina display :-)
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    panini , October 23, 2012 10:39 PM
    BigMack70It's not iHating to point out that spending $1300 on a 21" desktop (no matter how pretty) that contains a $50 graphics card and a $200 CPU is crazy.You're basically buying a high tech piece of tin foil... it's all shine and no substance. If their 27" model started at $1300, it would be a different story and actually a pretty good deal.


    Some people value specs, some value design. I can't find another PC whose computer fits into the back of the display like this. It's light (no bulky case to carry around) and thin. Those are factors too.

    If you just cared about specs then why not compare any computer to a $300 GPU + $300 CPU + $300 monitor and say it's overpriced because it's > $1000?

    If you want this kind of design, there is NO competition for Apple which is why they can charge so much. If you haven't realised it by now, they're not targeting tech-spec fans like us here at Tom's.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 10:41 PM
    desktop with mobile parts.....
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