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New iMac Could Boost Apple's Flagging Desktop Sales

Apple's newly unveiled iMac could boost the company's desktop sales, according to one analyst. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note that he expects Apple to report 264,000 desktop unit sales in its fiscal fourth quarter that ended in September.

The sales represent a 79 percent decline when compared to the same period in 2011. Kuo, however, believes Apple's fiscal first-quarter shipments will rise by 434 percent quarter over quarter due to the new iMac.

The computer itself is just 5mm thick at its edge and offers a new display that apparently reduces reflection by 75 percent. It boasts a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia Kepler graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 3 TB of HDD storage or a 768 GB SSD.

The 21.5-inch version of the system will launch next month with prices starting at $1,299. A 27-inch model will release sometime during December with a starting price of $1,799.

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  • jhansonxi
    Their desktop sales are probably being cannibalized by their mobile sales, the same as the rest of the industry. I doubt a new model or Win8 will affect their desktop sales much, especially in the current economy.
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  • bllue
    At least $600 too expensive
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  • amuffin
    I dunno, all I can say is that thing is THIN. :O
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  • julianbautista87
    it is thin, and your wallet gets even thinner after purchasing this thin computer.
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  • assasin32
    "according to one analyst" this is how you know right away the article is going downhill fast. The word "analyst" is a dead give away.
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  • jecastej
    bllueAt least $600 too expensive
    Each LED IPS panel will be individually color calibrated to match world standards and also these are style-computers. Those are premium features and will increase the price. I think they may tempt photographers or videographer aficionados, or some CAD and graphic artists and professionals looking for an affordable hi end consumer solution. For a dedicated workstation PC look else where. But these are not intended either as the ultimate professional PCs. However lets find out how good or accurate the screen will be.
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  • wemakeourfuture
    bllueAt least $600 too expensive
    I personally wouldn't buy it, but show me any alternative machine that meets similar design and specs of this for $600 less.
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  • panini
    For once it can be configured with a GTX 680 (but at a cost).

    At least they're giving enthusiasts who want OS X the option to also play demanding games when they dual boot to windows. I don't think there's any game this computer can't handle.

    Literally the only con I can think of is price.
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  • CaedenV
    My understanding is that the new line moves from SB to IB which is not a huge increase in performance, and the GPU moves from nVidia to Intel's HD4000 which is SLOWER than the previous version... that is not progress!

    SSD is a nice addition though. And good riddance to the CD/DVD drive.
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  • aicom
    caedenvMy understanding is that the new line moves from SB to IB which is not a huge increase in performance, and the GPU moves from nVidia to Intel's HD4000 which is SLOWER than the previous version... that is not progress!SSD is a nice addition though. And good riddance to the CD/DVD drive.It ships stock with a GT 650M (on the 23.5-inch model) and a GTX 660M (on the 27-inch model). The 27-inch model is also upgradable to a GTX 680MX (which is a more powerful version of the 680M). It's hardly lacking spec-wise on any front, especially for an AIO.
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