All-in-One 21.5-Inch and 27-Inch iMacs
Two new iMacs feature a considerably slimmed-down design that takes up 40 percent less volume and features an edge that's just 5mm thin. With them, Apple also introduced what it calls a Fusion Drive—a new storage option that combines the capacity of a hard drive with the performance of a flash drive.
"Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access," Apple said in its statement, also calling the new iMac "the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made."
The new iMac additionally features:
• Third-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7;
• Nvidia GeForce processors that boast 60 percent faster performance;
• standard configurations of 8GB of 1,600MHz memory and a 1-terabyte hard drive that can be upgraded up to 32GB of memory with a 3TB hard drive;
• Two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports; and
• OS X Mountain Lion.
The 21.5-inch iMac will arrive in November priced at $1,299 for a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2GHz and Nvidia GeForce 640M graphics. A version with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and a Nvidia GeForce 650 processor will be priced at $1,499.
The 27-inch model, arriving in December, will be priced at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M; with a 3.2GHz quad-core Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX, expect to pay $1,999.
Completing Apple's announcements was a new Mac Mini with:
• third-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors;
• a standard configuration of 4GB of 1,600MHz memory with support for up to 16GB;
• four USB 3.0 ports;
• Thunderbolt, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports; and
• 50 percent less energy use than the previous generation, when idle.
The new Mac Mini, available today, is priced between $599 and $999.
Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the event with a slew of statistics that included news that Apple sold its 100 millionth iPad two weeks ago. He concluded by telling the audience, "We hope you love these products as much as we loved creating them."