The surprise of the evening in the line of Macs alongside the MacBook Pro 13-inch retina display and the new Mac mini is a new iMac so thin that makes the previous generation of the past decade seem. Not talking about a small reduction, we talk about a team that is 80% thinner with a thickness of only 5mm at the edges, and all this without sacrificing an ounce of power.
To achieve this feat of engineering, Apple has used much of it learned from the iOS family, and the screen, 45% thinner than the previous generation, merges with the crystal managing to make the image appear to float on its surface time by 75% reduces reflections . Definitely great news.
Inside, the new eighth-generation iMac is faster and has better graphics and more memory from the most basic configuration, consisting Core i5 quad core at 2.7 GHz and 2.9 GHz and graphics cards GeForce GT 640M and GeForce GTX 660M for models of 21.5 and 27 inches respectively. Both models come with 8 GB of RAM (expandable to 32 GB) and 1 TB hard drive, but this is where we find another of the great innovations of this generation …
Besides the classical hard disk configuration option with a second solid-state drive up to 768 GB, the new iMac offers a third option: Fusion Drive , a Hybrid disc that fuses a memory SSD of 128 GB hard disk 1TB (or 3TB) managed automatically by the system to offer the best of both worlds, without sacrificing speed capacity, moving the disk SSD for applications and documents that we use more and stored on the hard drive the other seamlessly.
Other improvements include new dual microphones, perfect for the new dictation feature of OS X, four-port USB 3.0, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. As expected the optical drive has passed away, but Apple will offer a new external drive for those who remain dependent on it, moving to the back of the card reader also SDXC .
The 21.5-inch iMac will be available next month from 1379 euros while the 27-inch model will arrive a little later, in December, from 1899 euros. Reasonable prices within the range and that certainly would have shot through the roof having incorporated retina screens. Hopefully the MacBook Pro still pushing down the prices of such panels to make them viable for the next generation of the popular Mac desktop.