After 3 years, Apple has announced a new refreshed and upgraded iMac – their all-in-one desktop computer.
What is most remarkable about this new model is how much thinner it is. Around the edge it is a crazy 5mm thin, thinner then any of the iPhones and iPads. This undoubtedly makes the new computer look absolutely stunning. In terms of volume, it now takes up 40% less space.
The actual LCD screen is now a lot closer to the glass so the screen is brighter and has better viewing angles. It also looks like text, icons and images are sitting on the glass, like on an iPhone or iPad. The screen also has 75% less reflection, a major complaint on older iMac models.
The models have also got specification updates. You still get the 21.5-inch (1920×1080) and 27-inch (2650×1440) displays but on the base model you now get a 2.7Ghz quad-core i5 processor. The previous base model only had a 2.5Ghz quad-core i5 processor. You also now get a standard of 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, better stereo speakers, 4 USB ports all now USB 3.0, 2 Thunderbolt ports, SD card reader and the standard wireless keyboard, mouse or trackpad.
It’s interesting to see that USB 3.0 is now being included. Many speculated Apple won’t be including USB 3.0 because of their own Thunderbolt connections which essentially do the same thing.
Apple are also including an upgrade called Fusion Drive. Which is a SSD and HDD in one. Where users can put the main OS files on the SSD for fast boot ups and speed, and then normal files on the HDD. It’s still not as fast as SSD but it’s very close they say.
Prices for the new model start at £1099, £99 more than the previous base model. The 21.5-inch version will be coming in November, while the 27-inch version will be coming in December.