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 September 2013, Apple built upon the late-2012 redesign by significantly improving the desktop’s internals. The new iMac models, which retain the same 21.5-inch and 27-inch display sizes, include Intel’s new Haswell chipsets. Perhaps the most powerful update is in the graphics department: the new machines ship with the latest Iris Pro graphics chipsets. A new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory is another option, and this adds extreme graphics performance gains. To go along with the more powerful chipsets, the new iMacs include much faster PCIe flash storage and Fusion Drive options. On top of the speedier processing, graphics, and flash, the new iMacs also boast new 802.11ac WiFi connectivity chips for faster WiFi and file transfers.
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