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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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By Jeremy87 on 10/23/2012 2:39:03 PM , Rating: 3
It's not 5mm thin. Its edges are 5mm thin, so it looks like 5mm thin but will still take up the same space as the old one.

RE: 5mm
By nafhan on 10/23/2012 3:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
How much space it takes up is actually going to be based on the height and the width of the stand. One might be able to argue that a thinner laptop benefits the user, but this is purely superficial.

At the same time, I can't really think of anything that would be a downside about this to most users... unless they got rid of the optical drive. I didn't see that mentioned here.

RE: 5mm
By Tony Swash on 10/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: 5mm
By StevoLincolnite on 10/23/2012 9:34:52 PM , Rating: 4
The iMac will continue to be the top selling desktop computer in the US and Apple will continue to grow while the Wintel PC market shrinks. Which is nice.

Fanboy alert. - Take everything with a pinch of salt.

Also the best selling "Desktop" is home built systems, companies like Newegg built their business's on it.

RE: 5mm
By Argon18 on 10/24/2012 5:05:11 PM , Rating: 1
Huh? How old are you kid? "Wintel" is not a fanboy word. It's an industry term that's been in use since the early 1990's. I know, the word was commonplace when I was shopping for my brand new 25 Mhz 386DX. If it has an intel x86 processor, and runs a Microsoft OS, it's called a Wintel machine. It's an abbreviation for convenience sake. Like calling an Apple Macintosh a "Mac". Or calling Microsoft Windows 95 "Win95".

And no, home built systems are not the most popular in terms of market share. Home built PC's are for nerds without a girlfriend (myself included). Dell is the most popular consumer PC in terms of volume sales.

RE: 5mm
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/24/2012 6:37:49 PM , Rating: 3
Home built PC's are for nerds without a girlfriend

RE: 5mm
By Mr Joshua on 10/29/2012 7:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
No, home built PCs are for those of us who require specific levels of performance, either for gaming or in my case, for the software I need to operate my home business. They are also for those of us who detest the $hit quality of on-board everything, in my case a top end audio board with a decent DAC to feed my Marantz amp.

RE: 5mm
By valkator on 10/23/2012 10:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because Apple makes an enterprise class, robust computer system that businesses buy. Oh wait... they don't. So businesses will continue to buy PCs for their server-client environments because.. well... they want to actually get work done. :)

RE: 5mm
By Argon18 on 10/24/2012 5:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Apple does. It's called a Mac Pro. Xeon server CPU's and ECC server memory. It's common in the desktop publishing and graphics art field. It's also popular for scientific computing, since OSX is a real UNIX OS, but the Mac Pro costs a whole lot less than a comparable SPARC or IBM POWER based workstation.

I don't own any Apple products, and never will, but at least get your facts right.

RE: 5mm
By evo slevven on 10/24/2012 2:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
That's pretty dumb of a post as your celebrating the purchasing of an AIO whose as powerful as some laptops and twice the price point too....

I have a custom built system and crushes my friends macbook 15" in performance. Still spent less than his book and I don't whine about not being able to play mmo's like he does.

Hey Apple build's good products but I'm just not lazy and, at the end of the day, why pay hundreds extra for looks; it's not a friggin girlfriend's salon treatment where I can expect a "good reward" later lol....

RE: 5mm
By ritualm on 10/24/2012 3:02:27 AM , Rating: 1
That's not comparable at all.
I have a custom built system and crushes my friends macbook 15" in performance.

Your friend's Macbook is portable. Yours isn't. Huge, hotkinkyjo difference right there. Way to lose an argument like a BOSS.

AIO's routinely pair laptop-bound GPUs with desktop-bound CPUs. They rarely have the room to properly cool a full desktop GPU without it sounding like a Hoover while idle. Why is that a problem for you?

My "desktop" is infinitely more portable than yours, and it comes with a true 2.5 hour battery that weighs a fraction of several 500A deep-cycle SLA batteries plus inverter. Oh, and it has more pixels than your TV to boot.

You lose.

RE: 5mm
By Nutzo on 10/24/2012 11:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
Wonder if it has the same overheating problem like many of the previous "thin" iMacs

And of course all these "all-in-one" designs have the same problems - lack of expansion, expensive to fix, and high replacement cost, since you have to replace the entire computer (no way to reuse the nice display)

RE: 5mm
By Nortel on 10/23/2012 3:07:49 PM , Rating: 1
It's a 27" monitor, what did you expect it to magically float above your desk?

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