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  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:28:23 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:28:28 PM
    "The next-generation of iMac."
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:28:38 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:28:58 PM
    Super thin design. Looks a whole lot like the current iMac, but without a computer in the back.
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:29:02 PM
    New design looks like a giant iPad on a stand. Razor-thin.
  • David Hamilton 10/23/2012 5:29:29 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:29:35 PM
    "It's stunning from every side," Schiller gushes. He walks over to unveil one that was hidden on stage.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:29:51 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:30:07 PM
    So to be clear this thing still has some junk in the trunk, but it's a lot less than the previous model. Here are the specs.
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:30:07 PM
    But, curves out in back.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:30:18 PM
    5mm edge on the side -- 80 percent thinner, Schiller says.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:30:26 PM
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:30:45 PM
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:30:54 PM
    This is the official new Reception Desk Mac.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:31:03 PM
    Using "friction stir welding," to put it together. The pieces of aluminum come together and are stronger as a result, Schiller says.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:31:17 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:31:18 PM
    And yes, it appears there's no optical drive.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:32:01 PM
    Display itself is 5mm thinner than previous model. Apple's also gotten rid of a 2mm "air gap" by laminating the display to the glass. As a result, the entire display is 45 percent thinner.

    Also, no optical drive.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:32:21 PM
    Display specs: 2 sizes - 21.5 inch @ 1920 x 1080 or 27-inch at 2560x1440.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:32:24 PM
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:32:42 PM
    Similar resolutions as before.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:32:46 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:33:09 PM
    "The graphics will look like they're right on top of the glass," Schiller says. The model also has an anti-glare layer. Another alphabet soup term: plasma deposition process that brings reflection down by 75 percent.
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:33:23 PM
    "Plasma deposition process" sounds like something Josh might have seen a month or so ago.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:33:48 PM
    Schiller says each display is individually calibrated to make sure the colors are right.

    Other specs: left and right speakers, dual mics, and a FaceTime HD camera. 8 lbs lighter too.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:33:50 PM
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:34:11 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:34:20 PM
    We're getting a look at the inside now. Up to 768GB flash storage, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 3TB HDD.
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:34:35 PM
    shedding that much weight in the iMac makes it a far easier machine to tote around the house...or even for those who use shared work space.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:34:50 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:34:54 PM
    On the I/O back: headphone, SD card, 4x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and Gigabyte ethernet.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:35:06 PM
    New tech: Fusion drive
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:35:15 PM
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:35:16 PM
    "Apple Fusion Drive." version of hybrid hard drive.
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:35:36 PM
    128GB flash is a lot more than the standard hybrid hard drive, however.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:35:37 PM
    128GB of flash storage. And you can plug in either a 1TB or 3TB HDD. In software these show up as one drive. And it's built into OS X Mountain Lion. "It just works," Schiller says.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:35:47 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:36:03 PM
    OS stays on flash memory. All the software that comes pre-installed comes on flash storage. Things like media and docs stay on HDD.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:36:16 PM
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:36:41 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:36:59 PM
    Users can also move apps and files over between the two sides of the drive to tweak performance. Schiller pulls up a chart to show how this can help with something like app speed. "You get near the performance of Flash," he says "without having to do anything else."
  • Scott Stein 10/23/2012 5:36:59 PM
    All base apps and OS elements stay on flash. Other hybrid hard drives often have more like 32GB or 64GB of SSD.
  • James Martin 10/23/2012 5:37:25 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:37:37 PM
    iMac comes with wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Starts at $1,299.
  • Josh Lowensohn 10/23/2012 5:37:51 PM
    For the 21.5 inch model with 2.7ghz i5 chip. They ship in November.
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