Thin iPad. Thin iPhone. Thin MacBooks. Thin Mac mini. Thin iPod. This fetish for thin finally made it to the new iMac which is so thin it doesn’t even look real. From the front, it’s a typical iMac.
From the side the iMac looks as if it’s a display only, and missing the computer parts.
Thin Is In At Apple
Apple’s reliance on laser carved slabs of aluminum give their devices sturdy frame construction, low overall weight, stunning design, and easy recyclability.
The newest iMac is a big leap from previous iMac models, which were not exactly considered thick.
This thin model takes up 40-percent less volume than the previous model, and weights eight pounds less.
The screen and glass panel are bonded to within 2mm, which makes the screen’s contents seem even larger and closer. The screen also has 75-percent less reflection than before.
From the front, the iMac looks like an iMac. Edge-to-edge glass, aluminum stand, Apple logo on the front bezel.
From the side, though, the new iMac takes on an entirely different look. It’s almost as if there is no computer, but a floating display instead.
As with most new Mac models, the iMac is priced similar to last year’s models, but features less weight, lower power requirements, faster CPUs, improved graphics, and better recyclability.
Apple claims the NVIDIA graphics provide up to 60-percent greater performance (whatever that means).
In a departure from the previous iMac model, the late 2012 iMac has different storage configurations.
First, it comes with more RAM. Even the least expensive 21.5-inch iMac has 8GB of RAM, and a 1TV hard drive.
Second, the iMac can be configured with Intel quad core i5 or i7 CPUs, either an SSD solid state flash drive, or a standard hard drive, or a new Fusion Drive which combines SSD and hard disk for optimal performance and storage.
Other than the Fusion Drive, the single most notable and intriguing aspect of this iMac is the lower weight, thinner case, and how close the Mac’s screen is laid behind the glass (think iPhone 5 screen, but bigger– much bigger).
Otherwise, the iMac comes with the expected feature list. RAM up to 32GB, Magic Mouse, Bluetooth keyboard. Wi-Fi. Ethernet. Thunderbolt. USB 3 and FireWire connectors. Mini DisplayPort. SDXC card slot. Stereo speakers and dual microphones.
And, of course, the iMac comes with a built-in FaceTime HD camera (if the camera faces the user, it’s a FaceTime camera; if the user takes a picture with the camera in the opposite direction, it’s an iSight camera).