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Breaking: 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 5 millimeters thin at the sveltest parts, and Apple's included a 2 millimeter air gap between the glass and panel.
It's eight pounds lighter than the previous iMac, too.
With a screen that measures 21.5- and 27-inch models, 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 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 $1,299 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. That starts shipping in December, just in time for Christmas.
Refreshed Mac minis debut at Apple event
Apple kept the announcements rolling Tuesday as it harkened a revamped version of its Mac mini computer...make that two revamped versions.
Accompanying what we hope to hear is news of the iPad mini, the Cupertino company revealed Mac minis with more storage and more powerful processors.
The first Mac mini loaded with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor, while the second (and more expensive) is topped with a dual-core 2.5GHz.
On the inside, it counts
Apple is pricing the more powerful of the two at $999, and packing it with 4GB Ram and two 1TB hard drives.
The dual-core mini comes in at 4GB of RAM with a 500GB hard drive and is priced at $599.
Both will start shipping today. Oh, and Apple exec Phil Schiller was sure to point out they are eco-friendly.