Quick Note: Apple Announces New, 5mm Thick iMacs
October 23, 2012 1:47 PM
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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
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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apple and "thin"
10/24/2012 5:00:21 PM
this "thin" stuff is idiotic. unless you're hanging it on the wall, who cares how thin it is? how do i benefit in any way, whether the display is 5 mm thick, or 50 mm thick? answer: i don't. making electronics unnecessarily thin adds no value, and only drives up the cost. it also limits the components that can be used, because of thermal limitations.
i hate this "thin" crap.
RE: apple and "thin"
10/24/2012 7:15:33 PM
And for you that's a valid issue--it doesn't matter how it looks. Those for whom aesthetics matter, however, Apple keeps pushing the design edge and innovation: there sh*t looks cool!
W/ re. to componentry, a quick look over the specs says that they are able to produce a very powerful, capable system w/in those design perimeters. If the design and aesthetics don't matter to you and you want expandability, buy a different system; say, a Mac Pro or desktop PC...simple.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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