Apple Announces New iMac and Mac Mini

Today Apple Inc. has announced a new iMac and Mac Mini line of computers.  The iMac has third generation Intel quad-core processors, NVIDIA graphics, and a new storage option called Fusion Drive.

iMac

iMac

“With a stunning design, brilliant display and faster performance, we’ve made the world’s leading all-in-one desktop computer better in every way,” stated Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller. “The all-new iMac is unbelievably thin, yet packs an incredible amount of performance and technology into our most innovative desktop.”

The new iMac has third-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgrade to Core i7 and the latest NVIDIA GeForce processors that can deliver up to 60% faster performance for advanced gaming and graphics intensive apps.  Every iMac has standard 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and 1TB hard drive.  Customers can configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and a new 3TB hard drive (or 768GB of flash storage).  The new iMac comes with two Thunderbolt and 4 USB 3.0 ports.

The Fusion Drive storage option gives customers access to flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive.  It combines 128GB of flash witha  standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that manages files to optimize read and write performance.  Fusion Drive adapts to how you use your iMac and moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage for faster performance and quicker access.

Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Apple has announced the new Mac Mini with third-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors that are up to twice as fast and has integrated graphics that are around 65% faster.  The Mac Mini comes standard with 4GB of 1600 MHz memory with support for up to 16GB.  The Mac Mini has 4 USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.

Below is the pricing and availability details from the Apple press release:

Pricing & Availability
The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US). The 21.5-inch iMac will be available in November through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US); and with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US). The 27-inch iMac will be available in December through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Mac mini is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $599 (US); a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive for a suggested retail price of $799 (US); and a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, OS X Server, 4GB of memory and two 1TB hard drives for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). The Mac mini is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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