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iMac 2012 preview
Apple has introduced a new iMac computer line that will be available to buy just before the end of the year, in December.
iMac 2012 DesignAs with any iMac computer, the 2012 iMacs care a lot about style. Perhaps their most important new feature is the super-slim design.
The edges of the new iMacs are just 5mm thick - so slim they're almost sharp. However, as they need to fit in those pesky internals, the CPU, hard drive and so on, there is a bit of a bulbous bulge at the back you can't see in Apple's official photos. It's not much of a bulge, mind, and makes the last-generation iMac look a bit chubby.
The bodies of the 2012 iMacs are made of aluminium, resulting in some fairly lightweight computers. However, it all depends on the size you choose. There are 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, weighing roughly 5.7kg and 9.5kg respectively.
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iMac 2012 ScreenBoth sizes of iMac use a top-quality IPS panel, which is the same tech used in the iPad 4, and its predecessors. However, the screen resolutions are different.
The 21.5-inch iMac uses Full HD 1,920 x 1,020 pixel res, while the larger 27-inch model has a resolution of 1,560 x 1,440 pixels. Both will look pretty special in the flesh, as Apple has a reputation for producing some of the best computer screens around.
iMac 2012 SpecsAll the new iMac 2012 models come with 8GB of RAM, although the larger 27-inch versions are more easily expandable thanks to two additional, user-accessible memory slots. The baseline models all feature 1TB of storage too.
However, there are other options. The higher-end models can upgrade to a 3TB hard drive, 768GB of flash storage or one of Apple's new Fusion drives. These pair together a 128GB SSD and a 1TB/3TB hard drive for the perfect blend of storage and performance. It's nothing new, but it is a good idea.
Looking further into the power of these new iMacs, we need to split them into four models, rather than just the 21.5-inch/27-inch divide. The lowest-end model is the 21.5-inch model that sells for £1,099. This has a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor and GeForce GT 640M graphics card. Spend an extra £150 and you can get a more powerful 2.9GHz Core i5 processor and the GeForce GT 650M card.
iMac 2012 PriceIf you can afford even more moolah, there are two separate 27-inch models. The £1,499 version has a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor and GeForce GT 660M graphics card, while the big daddy £1,699 model features a 3.2GHz Core i5 processor and GeForce GTX 675M graphics.
Most of these models offer upgrades too, including more powerful graphics and larger hard drives.
Features common to all the new 2012 iMacs include an SDXC memory card slot, Four USB 3.0 ports plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. All iMacs come with a Wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse.