The iMac is Apple’s iconic all-in-one desktop computer. In late 2012, the iMac was updated with an all-new design that is much thinner and lighter than its predecessors due to new high-quality manufacturing techniques. It’s 5mm thin at its thinnest edges. The newest models, in both 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes, also lack optical drives to make this happen. The computers, even with their thin design, feature top-grade internal specs like fast processors, RAM, and the new Fusion Drive. The Fusion Drive combines an SSD with a standard Hard Drive in order to provide the benefits of flash storage, while still providing the 1TB or 3TB of storage space that many customers and professionals expect from the iMac.
In mid-2014, Apple introduced a minor update to the 21.5-inch iMac that brought lower-end internals and a more affordable price point. In the fall of 2014, Apple introduced the first major change to the iMac since 2012 by adding a 5K Retina display. The new display makes the 27-inch 5K iMac considerably pricier than the non-Retina models by coming in at $2499 for the base Retina model. Apple also sells refurbished versions for a few hundred dollars off, which may be a better deal for some people. In addition to the sharper display, the 5K iMac comes with faster processors, stronger graphics, and new RAM options. Like with the Retina MacBook Pros, it’s likely that the Retina iMac prices will come down over the course of the next few years. For those more inclined to purchase a smaller machine, Apple is likely working on a 21.5-inch version for the future.
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