The surprise of the afternoon in the line of Mac computers next to the MacBook Pro with 13-inch retinal screen and the new Mac mini is a new iMac so thin that it makes the previous generation look like it was made in the last decade . That’s not a small reduction. It’s 80 percent thinner with a thickness of just 5 mm at the edges – and all without sacrificing any power.
To achieve this engineering feat, Apple has used much of what it has learned from the iOS family, and the screen, 45% thinner than the previous generation, merges with the glass to make the image appear to float on its surface while reducing reflections by 75% . Definitely excellent news.
Inside, the new eighth-generation iMac is faster and has better graphics and more memory from the most basic configuration, consisting of Core i5 quad-core 2.7GHz and 2.9GHz processors and GeForce GT 640M and GeForce GTX 660M graphics cards for the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, respectively. Both models have 8 GB of RAM (expandable to 32 GB) and 1 TB of hard disk, but this is where we find another of the great innovations of this generation…
In addition to the classic hard drive and the option to configure with a second solid-state drive up to 768GB, the new iMac offers a third option: Fusion Drive , a hybrid disk drive that merges 128GB of SSD memory with a 1TB (or 3TB) hard drive that’s automatically managed by the system to give you the best of both worlds – speed without sacrificing capacity – by moving the applications and documents you use most to the SSD and storing the rest on the hard drive in a completely transparent manner.
Other enhancements include new dual microphones, perfect for the new OS X dictation feature, four USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. As you might expect, the optical drive has been upgraded, although Apple will offer a new external drive for those who still rely on it, moving the SDXC card reader to the back as well.
The 21.5-inch iMac will be available next month from 1379 euros while the 27-inch model will arrive a little later in December from 1899 euros. Prices are quite reasonable within the range and would certainly have shot through the roof had they incorporated retinal screens. Hopefully, MacBooks Pro will continue to push down the prices of these types of panels to make them feasible for the next generation of the most popular desktop Mac.