Apple 2012 iMac specifications and release date

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Among a series of announcements from Apple today was the unveiling of the new iMac. The desktop computer has gone slim line and offers a lot of goodies behind the pretty exterior. Here is everything you need to know about the Apple iMac.


Do you go for the big iMac or the really big iMac, that’s the question? The choice is yours. The difference? The 21.5-inch has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, LED-backed, IPS technology. The 27-inch offers a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.


The new iMac comes with quad-core Intel Core i5 CPUs, which can be spec’d up to a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 depending on the size of your wallet.


Each iMac comes with at least 8GB of memory, but again you can bump it up to 16GB on the 21.5-inch and up to a total of 32GB for the 27-inch if you’re willing to pay extra.


Installed with Fusion Drive (Apple speak for the hybrid storage options seen in Acer and HP devices) you have an option of the standard 1TB with the 21.5-inch -flash storage upgrade for your OS and all apps available – or get 3TB with the 27-inch iMac.


The iMac comes with four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolts sockets, an SDXC card, Mini DisplayPort (which supports DVI and VGA) and one Ethernet connection. Oh yeah, there is also WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.


The 21.5-inch comes with GeForce GT cards with 512 MB memory, while the 27-inch can be configured to house a 2GB GeForce GTX 680MX.


Not wanting to be any less flashy than its Apple siblings, the iMacs come with the FaceTime HD camera, top front and centre.


The iMac offers stereo speakers and dual microphones.


If you’re wondering how much space the iMacs will take here are the dimensions. The 21.5-inch iMac weighs 5.68kg and measures 45 x 52.8 x 17.5cm, while the 27-inch weighs in at a solid 9.54kg and is 51.6 x 65 x 20.3cm.

Green credentials – power saving

For our environmentally minded readers, the new iMac is said to use 50% less power when in idle mode.


The basic 21.5-inch iMac with 2.7GHz CPU starts at £1,099 and goes up to £1,249, while the 27-inch starts at £1,499 and ends up at £1,699 with all the extra specs added.

Release date:

The first 21.5-inch iMac models will hit shelves in November 2012, while the 27-inch will not be available until December. That’s one for the Christmas wish list then.

Becca Caddy
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