Apple's redesigned iMac is 5mm thin with edge-to-edge glass

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  • Reply 161 of 189
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Anyone else notice that… Wait, did I say this here already? 


    Apple isn't selling the iMac right now. They have literally stopped selling a computer called "iMac". There's something wrong with that.

    This is highly unusual for Apple. The last time I rememer no units for sale was toward the me of the original iPhone but when they announced the iPhone 3G they had a ship date, an it was soon.

    On top of that the iMac I'm getting ships after Black Friday. While this isn't a huge issue for a relatively low volume item that starts at $2k it's not a good thing te Apple to do.
  • Reply 162 of 189
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member

    Well... I responded to a DIFFERENT THREAD about the reliability of the iPad... somehow it ended up in THIS THREAD, and I can't even FIND the thread I was responding to now.

    Oh well.  Sorry to have confused you.

    You didn't confuse me, I was trying to inquire about that other person's comment. I find it best for people to be clear about they're responding to, and that was the technique I was testing to help illustrate that.

    Anyone else notice that… Wait, did I say this here already?

    Apple isn't selling the iMac right now. They have literally stopped selling a computer called "iMac". There's something wrong with that.

    I know you mentioned they weren't for sale or preorder, but I don't remember any mention by anyone about release date or month.

    I don't fully get that either, but then, it means they don't have to take back nearly as much product.

    Anyone have a chance to look in an Apple store? Seems like they must be clearancing the 2011 model.

    solipsismx wrote: »
    This is highly unusual for Apple. The last time I rememer no units for sale was toward the me of the original iPhone but when they announced the iPhone 3G they had a ship date, an it was soon.
    On top of that the iMac I'm getting ships after Black Friday. While this isn't a huge issue for a relatively low volume item that starts at $2k it's not a good thing te Apple to do.

    I recall it happens once in a while, maybe not on this time scale so much. It might be an artifact of just-in-time manufacturing and changing production methods, given how they're changing how the display panel and the chassis are made.
  • Reply 163 of 189


    It looks like if you want I/O options you need to buy a Mac mini. Ethernet, FW800, HDMI, Thunderbolt, 4x USB3, SDXC, Audio in & out, infrared.


     


    The specs for the iMac say of the audio jack, "Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone". So there is audio in hiding in the port.


     


    The two Thunderbolt ports certainly have potential, but I don't think we've seen external boxes with a variety of I/O ports in them.


     


    The SD slot location looks like a huge ergonomics fail. I'm guessing it's there to boot from. It doesn't look usable on a regular basis.


     


    As others have said, the thinness doesn't impress me. It sits on a desk and takes up space. A few mm either way doesn't change anything. Ergonomically, I'd rather have a front or edge facing USB port - for cameras, GPS, Nook, phone, drives, and many other random devices that have USB ports on them these days. And a front or edge facing SD slot. Yes, front facing ports would ruin the looks of the chin, so put them on the side/bottom.


     


    - Jasen.

  • Reply 164 of 189
    This is a great upgrade but the 21.5" is useless unless you ONLY want it for internet. There is a slower HD (5400 rpm) so unless you want to buy a $400 thunderbolt external, (to then be paying same price as the 27") you are out of luck.
  • Reply 165 of 189
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post



    I recall it happens once in a while, maybe not on this time scale so much. It might be an artifact of just-in-time manufacturing and changing production methods, given how they're changing how the display panel and the chassis are made.


    There were rumors about manufacturing difficulties with the new way they are doing the screens. Perhaps they originally intended to have them on sale today.

  • Reply 166 of 189
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jasenj1 View Post


    It looks like if you want I/O options you need to buy a Mac mini. Ethernet, FW800, HDMI, Thunderbolt, 4x USB3, SDXC, Audio in & out, infrared.



    The Mini has always had excellent I/O. I think it is to give it potential for hobbyists/unique uses.


     


    Re: the lack of audio in on the iMac, wouldn't pro audio people have some kind of high end kit for that kind of thing?

  • Reply 167 of 189
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,839member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dalidrama View Post



    This is a great upgrade but the 21.5" is useless unless you ONLY want it for internet. There is a slower HD (5400 rpm) so unless you want to buy a $400 thunderbolt external, (to then be paying same price as the 27") you are out of luck.


     


    Yes, this iMac upgrade makes the Mini a great contender (which is probably why Apple removed the separate GPU in the Mini to hobble it.)


     


    I don't understand the obsession with thinness with the iMac. If the reductions were contributing to less aluminium and reduced shipping costs - and thus lowering prices - it would be cool.


     


    But the iMac's at the same $1299. it's always been. And the RAM in the 21" now isn't user replaceable. Advantage Mac Mini, for anyone looking for a home machine.

  • Reply 168 of 189
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member
    dalidrama wrote: »
    This is a great upgrade but the 21.5" is useless unless you ONLY want it for internet. There is a slower HD (5400 rpm) so unless you want to buy a $400 thunderbolt external, (to then be paying same price as the 27") you are out of luck.

    We'll see what the BTO options are. They already say that 21" iMac has an available Fusion Drive option.

    Please don't spam your blog on us.
  • Reply 169 of 189


    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post

    We'll see what the BTO options are. They already say that 21" iMac has an available Fusion Drive option.


     


    On the second model, not the cheapest, which I think is a CROCK, but hey. They've done that forever.

  • Reply 170 of 189
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    2. If you need an optical drive in 2012, stop buying Apple products entirely. You don't get it.



     


    That's rather insultingly dismissive of people who still have perfectly valid reasons for using optical media, including convenience, compatibility and even influences outside their direct control (eg. clients, employers, family).


     


    It's understood that optical storage is less critical now than it once was, but that doesn't mean people who need or choose to use it are making a mistake. Dropping optical drives isn't the same as dropping floppy drives was because optical discs aren't just file storage media, they're still the most common delivery medium for both audio and video material. Obviously CD use is declining rapidly and we're now a couple years into getting rid of DVD/Blu-Ray, but to dismiss their still-dominant status as of right now is either disingenuous or ill-informed.


     


    I agree that optical discs will eventually join floppies on the pile of obsolete media, and for some they already have. That doesn't mean they're irrelevant NOW.


     


    That said, it doesn't strike me as a terrible hardship to use an external burner.

  • Reply 171 of 189


    Apple REALLY no optical Drive.  Let's see this is your main computer, your kid has a project to make a movie that need to be written to DVD to take to class, oh yeah  you don't have one. There goes the idea of all in one. BIG MISTAKE not to have an optical Drive. How about getting with the times and adding a blue-ray that would have been a nice upgrade, and would get me to update my iMac. Now just because is thinner is not big deal is a Home computer we don’t carry it around. It could be bigger with better features.

  • Reply 172 of 189


    Originally Posted by toyotaisme View Post

    Apple REALLY no optical Drive.  Let's see this is your main computer, your kid has a project to make a movie that need to be written to DVD to take to class, oh yeah  you don't have one. There goes the idea of all in one. BIG MISTAKE not to have an optical Drive. How about getting with the times and adding a blue-ray that would have been a nice upgrade, and would get me to update my iMac. Now just because is thinner is not big deal is a Home computer we don’t carry it around. It could be bigger with better features.


     


    "Apple REALLY no floppy Drive.  Let's see this is your main computer, your kid has a project to make a movie that need to be written to floppy to take to class, oh yeah  you don't have one. There goes the idea of all in one. BIG MISTAKE not to have a floppy Drive. How about getting with the times and adding a PS/2 port that would have been a nice upgrade, and would get me to update my Performa. Now just because is a better computer in every imaginable way, leading us into the future instead of the past is not big deal is a Home computer we don’t want it to look good at all. It could be slower with outdated tech."


     


    This has been another edition of: You, in 1997. Stay tuned!

  • Reply 173 of 189


    the fusion drive makes me want one  as well as the improved screen plus i need a bigger hard drive, i personally think 27 is took big but i do like my 21.5 size

  • Reply 174 of 189
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    [...] Now just because is a better computer in every imaginable way



     


    It's NOT universally "better" for everyone when the improvements are tempered by sacrifices.


     


    Of course, bitching about those sacrifices HERE doesn't really accomplish anything. People need to tell APPLE about it through the feedback section: http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • Reply 175 of 189
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member
    toyotaisme wrote: »
    Apple REALLY no optical Drive.  Let's see this is your main computer, your kid has a project to make a movie that need to be written to DVD to take to class, oh yeah  you don't have one. There goes the idea of all in one. BIG MISTAKE not to have an optical Drive. How about getting with the times and adding a blue-ray that would have been a nice upgrade, and would get me to update my iMac. Now just because is thinner is not big deal is a Home computer we don’t carry it around. It could be bigger with better features.

    Does your hypothetical kid know what a USB stick is?
  • Reply 176 of 189
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post



    Does your hypothetical kid know what a USB stick is?


     


    My hypothetical kid does. Her hypothetical teacher looked at the all-in-one CRT-TV-with-DVD-player strapped to the Bretford AV cart and asked what the hell she's supposed to do with THIS?


     


    It's one of several cases in which optical media is still the preferred delivery format.


     


    And for the four times a year it is, I'm okay with getting out the external burner, much like how I drag out the photo printer two or three times a year. Apple's marketing posturing does not invalidate the format, but neither does it prohibit its continued use.

  • Reply 177 of 189
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,951member
    v5v wrote: »
    My hypothetical kid does. Her hypothetical teacher looked at the all-in-one CRT-TV-with-DVD-player strapped to the Bretford AV cart and asked what the hell she's supposed to do with THIS?

    It's one of several cases in which optical media is still the preferred delivery format.

    And for the four times a year it is, I'm okay with getting out the external burner, much like how I drag out the photo printer two or three times a year. Apple's marketing posturing does not invalidate the format, but neither does it prohibit its continued use.

    It's probably the case at Detroit Public Schools, but other schools do have computers now.
  • Reply 178 of 189
    isaidsoisaidso Posts: 750member
    Don't quite get it about the headline "edge-to-edge glass". They've all been edge-to-edge glass for quite a while now.
    Article headline aside; I'm gettin' one of these. Been putting it off for ages. Trigger is now finally ready for pullin'
  • Reply 179 of 189


    Originally Posted by isaidso View Post

    Don't quite get it about the headline "edge-to-edge glass". They've all been edge-to-edge glass for quite a while now.


     


    I didn't say anything earlier because I figured someone else would have by now!


     


    It's more like edge to edge lack of edges than anything else. The next redesign, provided it keeps the same format* at all, will probably just be curve.


    *vertical

  • Reply 180 of 189
    timbittimbit Posts: 331member
    stageron wrote: »
    Fusion drive is also 5400RPM. Unbelievable!

    Remember that the Operating System files are on the SSD portion, so it will be faster than 7200rpm. Yes, it will be slow for loading old files stored on the HDD portion
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