“Here it is, the thinner new iMac — and it is extremely thin. Apple’s using a ridiculously aggressive rounded backplate to make the sides appear almost impossibly thin until you come around fully to the back, at which point the true depth of the machine is apparent. It’s a trick, but it works incredibly well, especially on the 27-inch model,” Nilay Patel reports for The Verge.
“Although Apple isn’t calling this panel a ‘Retina Display,’ the techniques and appearance of this panel are pretty close to Retina-level: the laminated front glass and anti-glare treatments make images look like they’re lying right on top of the screen, and the same scaling options you get on a Retina MacBook Pro are present in system preferences,” Patel reports. “(The highest available resolution on the 27-inch model is 2560 x 1440.) Overall it looks stunning — the first real reason to replace an iMac in years.”
Check out the video in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Apple unveils jaw-dropping all-new iMac – October 23, 2012
It is a stunning piece of hardware, except for the fact that it drops FireWire. WTF??
USB3 is faster than FireWire. And cheaper.
Target Disk Mode is one of the best inventions ever and it requires FireWire. If you’re in the business of managing Macs, Target Disk Mode is invaluable.
Target Disk Mode is a fantastic and invaluable feature!
If I am not mistaken one can use an Ethernet cable to perform the same task.
The Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor doesn’t work for Target Disk Mode?
At least with the adaptor I’m able to use the Thunderbolt for something. 😉
Dunno, don’t have a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter. Xan’t say either way
It makes sense that is SHOULD work. Has anyone tried this?
Target mode works with Thunderbolt. When you boot and hold the T key, the Thunderbolt symbol appears instead of Firewire. On the Macs equiped with both Firewire and Thunderbolt, holding the T key at startup will show both symbols, until a connection is detected, and then the unused interface symbol will disappear
We’ll need to buy adapters. http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A
Get over it, Fire Wire is dead!
So are CDs and DVDs.
As long as I have all these RAID enclosures on my desk it isn’t.
Get a firewire to Thunderbolt adapter… No biggie.
That thing is stunning!
It has no floppy drive either! Unbelievable!
Oh…wait…which iMac are we talking about?
Sure, no floppy drive is funny, but no DVD drive? I think its a little early to cut them out of the picture.
Apple and others have external DVD burner units to plug in. Not a biggie.
Yet another peripheral requiring multiple cables and taking up space. Kind of detracts from the aesthetics of it all. On the other hand, the Apple superdrive looks incredibly thin.
I was wondering how long it would take to get another voice lamenting the loss of a physical media drive. The world is moving to wireless data transfer and as always, Apple is the mover and shaker while the rest of the industry just follows.
Actually, it can still use floppies, if you connect a USB drive for it. Same thing with CDs. Same thing with DVDs. You can also use Firewire through the Thunderbolt port. What were these complaints about again?
And USB 3 is less stable and slower durring continuous Read/Writes… Now where is the new MACPRO?!?!?
And a processor hog, to boot!
The Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adaptor works great with my MacBook Pro Retina!
I really dislike moving the sd slot to the back. Completely unusable.
Put the stand on a turntable.
I agree. I love the placement on my mid-2010 iMac, on the side, below the DVD slot. Speaking of DVD slots….these new ones do not seem to have one. Hmmm.
The SD card slot is the worst design decision that Apple has made in years, have to get up and look around the back every time you want to use it. If I get this version of the iMac I will have to get an external reader 🙁 to sit beside my external DVD Burner 🙁
Also Apple not taking orders yet is very strange.
I also loved how the word “seamless” was used to describe both the iPad mini and the iMac. The MS Surface keynote kept using that word too, except they said that all the lines were “seamless”, while Apple’s “seamless” actually means no lines. In other words, Apple actually knows the meaning of the word.
True. A perfect comparison of the difference between Apple and the new Microsoft (trying and failing to be like Apple).
It’s an elegant piece of design. Nearly as nice as the new Retina MBP. I was drooling heavily for an hour and a half today…
I think the new iMac 27″ is the most beautiful and elegant example of industrial design I have ever seen in my life. It is just gorgeous.
..right up there with Sir William Lyons’s 1967 Jaguar E-Type roadster.
…or preferably Peter Steven’s unparalleled McLaren F1.
a noble comparison.
Beautiful indeed. Jonathan Ive is on a roll and just may be the most indispensable guy at Apple right now.
Apple has made my dreams come true. Thanks.e
No dvd slot? Never going to buy one. What are they thinking? Hey here’s Final cut pro/iMovie how the heck are you going to burn a DVD? Wait I got a new program on CD, how am I going to load it? Talk about dumb. Trying to turn it into an ipad.
Did you know you can scan a DVD using the iSsight camera?
Burn a DVD!? A “new” program on CD!? I can’t remember the last time I had to install an application from a CD? LOL The ONLY thing I use my DVD drive for is ripping movies off DVDs, otherwise, it’s useless.
Buy a $10 DVD drive and STFU.
Another case of ‘I’ don’t need/use something therefore NO ONE needs/uses something. DVDs are still far from ‘useless’.
Physical media and DVD/CD players have been EOL’d. Get used to it and move on or keep your old Mac.
Well let’s see there is no DVD burner for $10, Now I have more desk clutter and more wires. I have clients that have to have DVD’s of what they paid for. Yes programs are still on DVD and CD go to the apple store the shelves are full of them as is best buy. Many cars still don’t have iPod integration and people still us CDs in the car. Stop making excuses for Apple. Hey here is your new ALL IN ONE computer, but now start adding on peripherals so you can get full function out of it. Who’s the idiot who put the SD card slot on the back?
I can see where Apple are going with the iMac, and although it is indeed a great design aesthetically I don’t think the machine now fits my needs. I’ll stick with my 2010 iMac for now, but eventually I’ll drop the two-machine approach and just have an external screen for a new MBP….if the full-featured MBP is still around at that point.
How about a reasonable price for the 27″ LED display?
no user upgradable memory on the 21″ iMac so get ready to pony up for memory upgrades. If you use aperture you’re going to need lots of it. I guess this is a way to push you to higher end models. Oh wait for your $1200 you get no optical, no firewire, no way to upgrade your memory and a 5400rpm drive, all that for a premium price. What the heck is Apple thinking. This has to be the WORST value ever in a computer offering from Apple.