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New iMac Unboxing Video and Teardown Photos

The new iMac is going on sale around the world on Friday, November 30th. In Australia, Ben Pasternak was able to walk into his local Apple Store and buy one and has posted the first unboxing video of the new machine:


Meanwhile, Japanese site Kodawarisan has posted teardown photos showing the innards of the thin new machine.


The new iMac tapers to a 5mm thin edge along the sides, requiring the use of a special welding technique to achieve the design.

The 21.5" iMac will go on sale today in the U.S. both in retail stores and in the online Apple store with immediate availability. The 27-inch model will be available for pre-order but won't ship until December. Stock is expected to be tight throughout 2012.

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18 months ago
Gotta love the new iMac design.

Does it make the iMac less tall? No. (Limited by the screen height)
Does it make the iMac less wide? No. (Limited by the screen width)
Does it improve the iMac depth wise? No. (Limited by the stand)

Does it improve thermals? No. (Slightly less heat dissipated in a lot less volume)

Did Apple take away features? Yes. (Super Drive replaced with an internal plastic wedge).

Way to innovate, Apple. :rolleyes:
Rating: 51 Positives
18 months ago
still not really convinced of the new design. it's thin only from a particular viewing angle
Rating: 26 Positives
18 months ago


Does anyone use the Super Drive? No.
Does removing the Super Drive allow the iMac to be eight pounds lighter? Yes
Did Apple add any new features? Fusion Drive
Can you install more than 16GB of ram? Yes.
Does it perform better? Yes. Fusion Drive + Ivy Bridge + 1536 CUDA cores GFX + 32GB ram + less reflection on the display


Yes, people do use the Super Drive, otherwise it wouldn't have been there in the first place and Apple wouldn't still be selling an external version. :rolleyes:

Apple has added a new feature which has existed for ages, SSD caching and released their own iteration, hardly groundbreaking.

Unless you carry your iMac around with you like a laptop, then a desktop computer isn't weight limited. Eight pounds lighter means nothing when the computer will spend the majority of its life on a desk.

Your example uses the top spec iMac so it is specious as the majority will not be spending the thousands of the spec you have stated. The stock models are nothing more than a minor improvements. Ivy Bridge = Sandy Bridge + 10% IPC plus a mid-range GPU are hardly earth shattering.
Rating: 19 Positives
18 months ago

Gotta love the new iMac design.

Does it make the iMac less tall? No. (Limited by the screen height)
Does it make the iMac less wide? No. (Limited by the screen width)
Does it improve the iMac depth wise? No. (Limited by the stand)

Does it improve thermals? No. (Slightly less heat dissipated in a lot less volume)

Did Apple take away features? Yes. (Super Drive replaced with an internal plastic wedge).

Way to innovate, Apple. :rolleyes:


Oh stop your complaining. It improves the footprint, the materials used, the total volume, the heat dissipation, the weight.

Really, you blokes are the biggest bunch of spoilt brats I've even seen...
Rating: 15 Positives
18 months ago

Gotta love the new iMac design.

Does it make the iMac less tall? No. (Limited by the screen height)
Does it make the iMac less wide? No. (Limited by the screen width)
Does it improve the iMac depth wise? No. (Limited by the stand)

Does it improve thermals? No. (Slightly less heat dissipated in a lot less volume)

Did Apple take away features? Yes. (Super Drive replaced with an internal plastic wedge).

Way to innovate, Apple. :rolleyes:


What kind of useless questions are these? Sure I'll have a stab at being on the opposite end then:

Does anyone use the Super Drive? No.
Does removing the Super Drive allow the iMac to be eight pounds lighter? Yes
Did Apple add any new features? Fusion Drive
Can you install more than 16GB of ram? Yes.
Does it perform better? Yes. Fusion Drive + Ivy Bridge + 1536 CUDA cores GFX + 32GB ram + less reflection on the display
Rating: 15 Positives
18 months ago
Wow! Is that thing pregnant?! :eek:
Rating: 15 Positives
18 months ago
After release of iMac2012, I was so glad that I bought 2011 model. I thought it will be better, but I really disapointed with new one.

It weight is reduced - for what? This isn't laptop, I don't care of my iMac weight, it stands on my table all time. No improvement here.
It's thinner (ofc no one believes it's only 5mm, because if you look from behind, you'll understand what I mean) - for what? It stands on the table and it occupies the same space because of the stand. No improvement here.
DVD drive removed - nothing to say, it's really not major feature, but after removing DVD they could add normal desktop videocard, not making desktop computer thinner. So I doesn't really care about DVD.
RAM not user upgradeable. This is just bad, because Apple RAM cost much more, while it works as good as crucial, hynix whatever...
It cost more than 2011 iMac (1199 vs 1299 for low-end one). You pay more, for the same computer. Not good.
It's HDD has 5400rpm, while previous version of iMac has 7400rpm. So we got slower HDD, very bad.
Fusion drive is they only improvement I see in this iMac, but I can add SSD instead of Optical Drive in my imac2011, and with 10 terminal command make Fusion Drive myself.

So after all 2012 iMac has 1 good thing(Fusion drive), 3 useless innovations (thin, weight, DVD) and 3 things that makes it worse than previous generation(no RAM upgrade, slower HDD, higher price). Bravo Apple first computer I don't want to buy.

P.S. Sorry for my English, it's not my native.
Rating: 13 Positives
18 months ago
The new iMac's look sexy as ****
Rating: 12 Positives
18 months ago

Apple has added a new feature which has existed for ages, SSD caching and released their own iteration, hardly groundbreaking.


no no no no no. why are people so misinformed?
Rating: 11 Positives
18 months ago
A thin edge with a backside that looks like the back end of a bus. In fact by looking at the picture of the internals, I'm more tempted to ask just how much of the new iMac is simply empty space.
Rating: 10 Positives

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