And the new iMac is all about the display. It’s a full 5mm thinner and no longer features an air gap between the glass and display. Speaking of which, the display is now “edge-to-edge”. Like the trend on Apple’s mobile line-up, the optical drive is gone. Overall, the new design changes in the display and omitted, antiquated tech equate to an iMac that is ~80% thinner than the previous-yen iMac.
Specs for the display come in at last years resolutions at 27-inch and 21-inch respectively. Ports are plentiful with 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x Thunderbolt ports, Gigabit ethernet.
Storage is where it gets interesting (again). The new iMacs will feature “Fusion Drives”. Essentially it’s just a solid state and traditional drive in a configuration such as: 128 GB of Flash Storage + 1 or 3 TB hard drive. Software “fuses” the two drives together for faster reads and writes. “Works automatically”. According to Apple, all default apps and installed applications will install on/fit on the flash drive while files will reside on the traditional hard drive. Also, apps that you don’t use all that often (or ever) will get automatically moved to the hard drive to free up flash space for apps that you use more often – nice!
Pricing for the base 21.5-inch iMac with 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB hard drive and Nvidia GT 640m GPU ships starting in November for $1,299 while the 27-inch and it’s higher resolution, larger display and upgraded GT 660m will set you back a minimum of $1,799. The 27-inch iMac will take a bit longer to reach market, with Apple quoting a December launch time frame.