New iMac with Fusion Drive, Mac mini with 3rd Gen Core i5 and Core i7 Processors Announced

Apple's new iMac comes with a third generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics and a new storage option called Fusion Drive."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," said Philip Schiller, Apple's svp of Worldwide Marketing. "The all-new iMac is unbelievably […]

Apple's new iMac comes with a third generation Intel quad-core processors, powerful NVIDIA graphics and a new storage option called Fusion Drive.

"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," said Philip Schiller, Apple's svp of Worldwide Marketing.

"The all-new iMac is unbelievably thin, yet packs an incredible amount of performance and technology into our most innovative desktop," he added.

The new iMac packs into an aluminum and glass enclosure, and is just 5 mm thin.

The new iMac features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, NVIDIA GeForce, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, 1TB hard drive, two Thunderbolt, and four USB 3.0 ports.

"Fusion Drive is an innovative new storage option that gives customers the performance of flash storage and the capacity of a hard drive. It combines 128GB of flash with a standard 1TB or 3TB hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimize read and write performance. Fusion Drive adapts to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage to enable faster performance and quicker access," Apple explains.

Apple also updated the Mac mini with third generation dual-core Intel Core i5 and quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. Other features of Mac mini include: 4GB of 1600 MHz memory, four USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports.

Both iMac and Mac mini ship with OS X Mountain Lion.

The 21.5-inch model will ship in November, and will cost $1,299 for the 2.7GHz Core i5, 1TB hard drive and 8GB of RAM. In December, the 27-inch model will ship for $1,799 with a 2.8GHz Core i5 and the same storage and memory.

New 8th Generation iMac features:

  • 80% thinner profile than the last version
  • 8lbs lighter than the previous model
  • up to 3TB of storage
  • Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge Processors
  • four USB 3 ports
  • Fusion Drive, a new hybrid of a flash-based SSD and traditional hard drive
  • 21.5 inch iMac is a 2.7GHz quad-core i5, with 8gb Ram, a GeForce GT 640M, and 1 TB HDD costs $1299 and ships in November
  • 27 inch iMac features a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 by default, with 8gb RAM, a GeForce GTX 660M, and 1 tB HDD costs $1799 and ships in December

Upgraded MacMini features:

  • "Intel Core i5 or i7 with Ivy Bridge as well as
  • up to a terabyte of hard drive space
  • up to 16GB of RAM and it supports Bluetooth
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU
  • Mac Mini starts at $599 and shipped yesterday," apple informs.

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