All-new Apple iMac release date set for Friday, price details revealed

New Apple iMac

The release date of the all-new Apple iMac is within touching distance, and the price of the desktop PC, which was revealed in October this year, has been detailed a little bit more for the US as well as for India. Available in two screen size options, the device was announced about a month ago along with the iPad mini, the 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro and the fourth generation iPad.

Apple is always upgrading technology and refreshing their products, as chip sizes continue to shrink and advanced manufacturing techniques become available. And now the latest line of the Cupertino giant’s desktop PCs comes with a new storage option dubbed Fusion Drive. This is a hybrid storage option which combines the quick response of flash storage with the high capacity possible with hard drives.

Desktop PC

The new iMac sports an enclosure made of aluminum and glass which is just 5 millimeters in thickness at the edges. The display has been ‘re-engineered’ and is said to reduce reflection by 75 percent. The range comprises of two screen size options, 21.5 inches and 27 inches. The former can accommodate up to 16GB of RAM, while the latter can be customized with as much as 32GB of RAM.

Both PCs have four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports and an SDXC card slot. There’s also 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet among connectivity features. And both come with a FaceTime HD camera, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, plus OS X Mountain Lion with iLife.

Monitors

The cost of the 21.5-inch iMac with a quad core Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.7GHz (with Turbo Boost amounting to speeds bumped up to 3.2 GHz) and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU is set at $1,299. The model with a 2.9GHz version of the same processor (and Turbo Boost to ramp up speeds all the way up to 3.6GHz) along with an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics processor will sell for $1,499.

The 27-inch model will be available with a 2.9GHz quad core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.6GHz and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M chip at $1,799, while a 3.2GHz base speed version (with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.6GHz) with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX GPU comes at an SRP of $1,999.

With Keyboard And Mouse

Apple India has confirmed pricing which stands at Rs. 85,900 for the 21.5-inch version with a 2.7GHz quad core Intel Core i5 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 640M graphics solution, and at Rs. 99,900 for the same screen size model with a base CPU speed of 2.9GHz and an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU.

On the other hand, the 27-inch versions are positioned at Rs. 1,22,900 and Rs. 1,34,900 for the 2.9GHz and 3.2GHz quad core Intel Core i5 processor models with Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M GeForce GTX 675MX solutions, respectively. Each of these models also gets the Turbo Boost capability that the US versions do.

The new iMac is scheduled to be launched in the US on November 30, 2012, and whether it will make its way to India in the next few days is unclear at the moment.