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Apple introduces all-new, super thin iMac
Apple revealed a new, redesigned iMac Tuesday, the first update to come to the all-in-one computer since May 2011.
That, by the way, is a doozy of a wait, though it seems to be well worth it.
The all new iMac is just five millimeters thin at the sveltest parts, and Apple's included a two millimeter air gap between the glass and panel.
It's eight pounds (3.5kg) lighter than the previous iMac, too.
With screen sizes measuring 21.5- and 27-inches, the iMac stands tall among the miniature devices Cupertino also introduced at its San Jose event.
Sleek, not meek
The monitor, by the way, has managed to fit in pixels per inch and a 1,920 x 1,080 and 2,560 x 1,440 for the two sizes.
Anti-glare coating coupled with the air gab provide for 75 percent less reflection overall, according to Schiller.
The computers also feature Core i5 or i7 processors, Nvidia Kepler graphics and up to 768GB of flash or 3TB of RAM.
Those specs are impressive, but even more interesting is Apple's new "Fusion Drive," with 128GB of flash storage combined with 1 or 3GB of HDD.
Schiller said the new iMac's optional Fusion Drive delivers faster reads and writes and more storage, and here's the kicker: Mountain Lion will supposedly shuffle things on your hard drive around automatically depending on what you access most.
And Schiller said this new functionality is totally automated: "All transparently to you. You just use it and it works," he explained.
In addition, the new iMac packs a 720p FaceTime HD camera and dual mics and speakers, though like it's predecessors it lacks any form of optical drive.
But the new iMac does pack four USB 3.0 ports and three Thunderbolt ports in that minuscule frame.
"So much work has gone into fitting all that into a computer this thin," Schiller said on stage.
The base model starts at $US1,299/£1,099/AUD$1,429 with a 2.75GHz i5 processor and 1TB HDD, plus 8GB of RAM. It ships next month.
The 27-incher begins with a 2.9GHz i5, 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD for $1,799/£1,499/AUD$1,999. That starts shipping in December, just in time for Christmas.
Samsung denies rumors it will stop selling displays to Apple
Samsung Display debunked rumors that its LCD panels would no longer make it to Apple.
A report from The Korea Times Monday claimed that Samsung Display would cut ties with the Cupertino company by the end of the year.
The story cited an unnamed Samsung source who said the display business was seeing diminishing returns when selling LCD panels to Apple.
But it turns out those claims were utterly wrong.
"Samsung Display has never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple," a Samsung spokesman told CNET.
Samsung has asked The Korea Times to print corrections.
Apple vs. Samsung
Apple and Samsung are in the midst of a rough patch, to say the least.
The two are battling in courtrooms across the globe. Each have sent waves of patent infringement suits to one another in 10 countries including the U.S., Korea and Germany.
But Samsung Display is a separate company that was spun off in early 2012, and has little to do with the bad blood between Apple and its parent company.
The display business is reportedly Apple's biggest LCD supplier in the first half of 2012. It shipped the iPhone maker more than 15 million displays.
Though Apple is getting a large amount of displays from Samsung, it doesn't mean the two plan to make amends any time soon.
We used to be friends
Apple once bought an array of components and chips from Samsung for its iPhones and iPads, but has been reducing its reliance on the Korean-based manufacturer.
Apple has purchased its displays from Sharp and LG lately, and reports are circulating that it's looking to source chips outside of Samsung as well.
An industry source told CNET the relationship between the two has broken down and they will part ways after existing agreements are fulfilled.
"The Apple-Samsung relationship has deteriorated to such a poor point that they're just looking to fill contractual obligations, then make a change," the source said.
For now, Apple will continue to get some LCD panels from Samsung Display, but that might change as Apple continues it's legal battle with Samsung. The two are due back in U.S. courts Dec. 6.