New Apple iMac to go on sale 30 November

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Apple’s new ultra-thin iMac desktop computer with the all-new Fusion Drive is to go on sale on 30 November. The new 21.5-inch iMac will be available in Apple’s online store and will begin shipping in December, the company confirmed.

The new iMac – Apple’s thinnest desktop yet – comes with an aluminium and glass enclosure that measures just 5 mm thick at its edge and features a re-engineered display that reduces reflection by 75pc.

The new desktop was unveiled in October at an Apple press event in San Jose, California, alongside the new iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad.

The computer includes 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, a 1-terabyte hard drive, third-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors that deliver up to 60pc faster performance.

The new machines will come with Fusion Drive, an innovative new storage option that gives the performance of flash and the capacity of a hard drive by combining 128GB of flash with a standard hard drive to create a single storage volume that intelligently manages files to optimise read and write performance.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of €1,399 including VAT (€1,137.40 excluding VAT); and with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of €1,599 including VAT (€1,300 excluding VAT).

The 27-inch iMac is available with a 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of €1,949 including VAT (€1,584.55 excluding VAT); and with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX for a suggested retail price of €1,699 including VAT (€1,415.83 excluding VAT).

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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