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Apple iMac 2012 officially unveiled

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Apple has lifted the lid on the iMac 2012 all-in-one PC, with a new slimmer design.

The look of the 2012 iMac is jaw-dropping, featuring a super-thin display that's just 5mm thick at its edge. This is 80 percent thinner than the previous-generation model.

The 2012 iMac comes in two sizes, a 27-inch model with 2,560 x 1,440 display and a 21.5-inch iMac with 1,920 x 1,080 display. Both use IPS displays like the new 13-inch MacBook Pro for superior viewing angles. Just as important in normal use, the displays are now coated to reduce reflections by up to 75 percent.

These new computers offer up to 3TB of storage, and Intel Core i5 processors, using GeForce graphics. The 2012 iMac offers the option for what Apple calls a Fusion drive, which packs both a 128GB flash SSD and either a 1TB or 3TB drive, into a single unit. It's nothing new, but Apple says it provides performance very near that of a pure SSD drive.

The bodies of the new iMacs offer four USB 3.0 ports, providing respectable connectivity.

The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299 in the US, coming with 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM and a 2.7GHz Core i5 CPU. If you're willing to spend a little more, the 27-inch iMac starts at $1799, netting you a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, GeForce GTX 660M GPU and 1TB hard drive. They'll be available from December. We'll be back with UK price details as they're released.

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