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Originally released in 1998 with its most recent redesign in 2012, the iMac ($1,099 and up from the Apple Store) started life as Apple’s fun all-in-one computer, evolving into a more serious “right for practically everyone” option over time. Currently available in 21.5″ (1920×1080-pixel) and 27″ (2560×1440-pixel) versions, the iMac is effectively a non-portable MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with a larger screen. The lowest-end model ships with a slow Air-like 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, quickly stepping up to 2.7GHz and 3.5GHz i5 and i7 chips as the price climbs; hard drives range from a slow 500GB disk to a fast 1TB SSD, with better graphics processors at higher prices. You get most of the Mac Pro’s performance, ports, and features, plus an integrated screen, all at a lower price.

The iMac tapers to only 5mm thin at its edges, a design change that required the loss of optical drives and the movement of card readers to the computers’ rears, near their ports. It’s also impossible to upgrade the 21.5″ model’s RAM after purchase, so you’ll need to buy the machine customized with the amount you want. But those are the only compromises, as the thin iMacs feature top-grade internal specs like fast processors, USB 3 ports, and optional SSD or Fusion Drives. A 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 would expect from the iMac.

Apple last updated the regular iMac in September 2013, but in mid-2014 introduced a minor update to the 21.5-inch iMac offering MacBook Air-quality chips at a more affordable price point. If you’re looking to save a comparable amount without compromising on performance, Apple sells refurbished iMacs at a discount, and they’re indistinguishable from new machines.

In the fall of 2014, Apple introduced a top-of-the-line 27″ iMac that looks identical from the outside, except for the addition of a “Retina 5K display.” With a $2,499 price tag from the Apple Store, the iMac with Retina 5K display includes a 3.5GHz Core i5 processor, and sells for a $500 premium over a comparably-equipped standard 27″ iMac. In addition to the sharper display, the 5K iMac can be customized with a faster 4.0GHz Core i7 processor, a 4GB graphics card, and up to 32GB of RAM. 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. We expect to see a 21.5-inch Retina model in the future.

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iMac Stories January 25

Apple showcases Hollywood High School students using Macs and Final Cut Pro for filmmaking

In a new Apple Newsroom report, the company has shared how a group of ten students from Hollywood High School were able to create short films on tight budgets with Apple products. The students worked alongside creative professionals and Apple retail experts in a month-long film-making project. Apple also says that it worked with two other independent movie studios, We Make Movies and Mobile Film Classroom.

iMac Stories December 26, 2017

iMac Pro — Apple’s most powerful Mac yet — is hitting stores and arriving for customers today, and a special black Lightning cable isn’t the only surprise in the box. iMac Pro includes a new macOS desktop wallpaper as seen on the box, and 9to5Mac alumnus Dom Esposito has shared the source image with us below.

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iMac Stories December 14, 2017

Satechi unveils new USB C ‘Clamp Hub Pro’ for iMac and iMac Pro

Alongside iMac Pro preorders starting today, Satechi has announced a new USB C hub for iMac Pro and iMac that neatly mounts underneath the machine with a clean and functional design.

iMac Stories December 12, 2017

Twelve South releases new slick HiRise Pro stand for iMac and iMac Pro

Twelve South has today released its latest Mac accessory alongside Apple’s announcement that iMac Pro orders will start on December 14. Even if you don’t plan on splurging on the $5,000+ iMac Pro, this new slick accessory will work for any iMac as well as many displays.

iMac Pro comes with a special black Apple Lightning cable

Apple has just announced that the iMac Pro will be available to order from Thursday, December 14. The company gave a unit to Marques Brownlee for some pre-release impressions and it includes a couple new tidbits. MKBHD says that Apple is including a black Lightning cable with the iMac Pro, something that you can’t (yet?) buy separately.

iMac Stories October 31, 2017

Three Macs declared obsolete/vintage as free ‘Staingate’ coverage ends for 2012 Retina MacBook Pro

Apple has declared that three Macs are now obsolete or vintage, and that the company will no longer offer repair services or replacement parts for them. For legal reasons, the situation is different in Turkey and California, where some of the computers are instead labeled ‘vintage’ and will continue to be supported for a further two years …

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