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Thin is in at Apple

In case you haven't noticed, Apple is always on a mission to make its devices thinner. We saw that with the new iPhone 5, and we saw it again today with the new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Apple is now taking that extreme drive to makes its device thinner to the iMac. The new iMac is just 5mm thin, roughly 80 percent thinner than the previous generation model.
It includes an 80211n Wi-Fi, up to 3TB HDD, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, four USB 3.0 ports, GbE, Thunderbolt, and your choice of Core i5 or Core i7 processors. The new iMac also comes with 128GB of flash storage standard, which is then combined with 1TB to 3TB HDD.


Using what Apple calls "Fusion", the OS and all of your core applications are stored on the flash drive, while your user files and applications you don't use often are stored on the slower HDD. If you use applications that are stored on the HDD more often, they'll automatically be migrated over to the flash drive for faster access.
The 21.5" model (2.7GHz quad-core i5, 8GB, GeForce GT 640M, 1920x1080, 1TB) starts at $1,299. The 27" model (2.9GHz quad-core i5, 8GB, GeForce GT 660M, 2560x1440, 1TB) starts at $1,799. The 21" model will ship in November, while the 27" model will ship in December.

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RE: Ok...
By Spuke on 10/23/2012 2:03:26 PM , Rating: 4
You never heard of the iMac?

RE: Ok...
By Shadowself on 10/23/2012 2:30:24 PM , Rating: 3
He may be referring to the graphics chips: 640M and 660M which most vendors would use in their laptops. So in some respects the new iMac is a huge laptop stuck on your desk.

These are probably fine with most users, but anyone that wants to use OpenCL like processes will likely be greatly disappointed. This effectively leaves out any purchase of a near term Mac for those people (e.g., people who do lots of video transcoding) as the MacPro is officially stuck at two full generations ago. And Tim Cook has already said no new MacPro until well into the next calendar year. (There are hacked video cards that will bring you into the present, but typically only the Mac diehards go that route -- but their still stuck in the pre Sandy Bride/Ivy Bridge CPUs.)

RE: Ok...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 2:59:45 PM , Rating: 3
Mobile GPUs paired with standard CPUs are standard configurations for all-in-ones. Any AIO by any vendor will be doing the same thing. Apple's are actually at the top from a cost:performance ratio. Back before Dell canned the XPS One it was both more expensive and lower specced than the iMac, same with HP's AIOs before they abandoned that price range and went for the low end.

They actually make decent workstations. I know a couple people who use them for After Effects and 3D work. I myself do a good amount of video transcoding on mine, and that's on a three year old model. An i7 860 is still a great CPU for getting work done.

You're right about the Mac Pro though, really disappointing situation with that and their pro apps (FCP, etc). Apple makes way more money chasing consumers than when they were mainly servicing professionals with their desktops, so pros were thrown under the bus.

RE: Ok...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 3:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
It actually looks like the specs go up to a GTX 680MX, I wasn't expecting that:

RE: Ok...
By ritualm on 10/23/2012 3:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
Oh great, more nvidia GPU naming obfuscation. Makes me wonder the key differences between a GTX 680M and a GTX 680MX...

RE: Ok...
By CyCl0n3 on 10/24/2012 8:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
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