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Apple Announces New Super-Skinny iMac

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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  • 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
    4 of the last 5 articles are Apple related topics......You guys are the Fox News of the tech world.
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  • cobot
    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
    thumbs up for removing DVD. It's son 90's
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  • Spanky Deluxe
    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
    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
    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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  • 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
    Humm... no Optical = No blu ray...
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  • shafe88
    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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