"The next-generation of iMac."
Super thin design. Looks a whole lot like the current iMac, but without a computer in the back.
New design looks like a giant iPad on a stand. Razor-thin.
"It's stunning from every side," Schiller gushes. He walks over to unveil one that was hidden on stage.
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.
5mm edge on the side -- 80 percent thinner, Schiller says.
This is the official new Reception Desk Mac.
Using "friction stir welding," to put it together. The pieces of aluminum come together and are stronger as a result, Schiller says.
And yes, it appears there's no optical drive.
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.
Display specs: 2 sizes - 21.5 inch @ 1920 x 1080 or 27-inch at 2560x1440.
Similar resolutions as before.
"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.
"Plasma deposition process" sounds like something Josh might have seen a month or so ago.
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.
We're getting a look at the inside now. Up to 768GB flash storage, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 3TB HDD.
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.
On the I/O back: headphone, SD card, 4x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, and Gigabyte ethernet.
"Apple Fusion Drive." version of hybrid hard drive.
128GB flash is a lot more than the standard hybrid hard drive, however.
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.
OS stays on flash memory. All the software that comes pre-installed comes on flash storage. Things like media and docs stay on HDD.
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."
All base apps and OS elements stay on flash. Other hybrid hard drives often have more like 32GB or 64GB of SSD.
iMac comes with wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Starts at $1,299.
For the 21.5 inch model with 2.7ghz i5 chip. They ship in November.