Apple to finally start selling new iMacs Friday

In late October, Apple held a press event where it announced a ton of new products, including the fourth-generation iPad and the new iPad mini tablet. It also announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. All of those products have since gone on sale.

However, yet another new product that was announced at the same press event was a new version of the all-in-one iMac. Apple went silent on when that PC would go on sale, which lead to speculation that the new iMac would not ship until sometime in early 2013.

Today, Apple officially announced that the new 21.5-inch iMac would go on sale online and via Apple Stores on Friday, November 30. The larger 27-inch iMac will also go on sale on that date online but won't actually start shipping until sometime in December.

Both versions of the iMac feature a new design with a case that is just 5 mm thick, along with a new display that Apple claims cuts down on reflections by as much as 75 percent. Both versions will have 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive,  There's also the option of adding a 128 GB SSD with a standard hard drive that the iMac sees as one single "Fusion Drive" for increased performance.

The new 21.5-inch iMac has a starting price of $1,299 and features a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card, with upgrades available for higher prices. The new 27-inch iMac will be sold with a starting price of $1,799 with a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 chip and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M graphics chip, again with upgrades available for higher prices.

Source: Apple press release | Image via Apple

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Wow, those are actually pretty good prices, considering it's got 8 GB of RAM, plus a super monitor and SSD, with a decent graphics adapter.

Except for being different for the sake of being different I see no benefit whatsoever to bringing the iMac G4 design back. Apple pretty much perfected the iMac's design, so unless something radically different happens to display technology I don't see things drastically changing anytime soon.

Will we be getting some stats here on Neowin after 30 days of sales? After 28 years of sales, we know that there have been a total of 122 million Macs sold (which is less than that "horrible" Vista) and by Tim Cook's admission earlier this year, only 30 million Macs are in use. By the standards set for Microsoft products, if we don't see a significant portion of Mac users upgrade within the first month, then this is a failure.

.Neo said,
Funny how you're compare buying a full computer to picking up a Windows Install DVD/downloader package.

Because we haven't seen comparisons between iPad and Surface, Windows Phone and iPhone/Android, Xbox and Wii U, and so on and so on. It is ok to compare any combination of Microsoft product and non Microsoft product, but start comparing the number of new Win8 computers (we have been hearing people claim that there are millions of Win8 computers supposedly sitting on the shelves of stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. that nobody wants to get to that 40 million copies of Win8 sold) to new Apple computers, and we cannot do that comparison because it will show just how small the Apple market share is.

These just scream pretentious.. Can we get beautiful systems like these without the logo on 'em?

In all honesty, i'm more excited about the Intel All-in-Ones, at least it has serviceable parts, i'm in no way shape form or fashion supportive of disposable computers.. then again, there is the rumor that Intel will be going to system on a chip designs here soon

spudtrooper said,
These just scream pretentious.. Can we get beautiful systems like these without the logo on 'em? (

They 'scream pretentious' just because there's an Apple on 'em ?!

All of the slim all-in-ones are non-servicable from any manufacturer. Try to replace the HD on any of them and it is an art of taking out 30 screws and 4 other things to get in there...

spudtrooper said,
These just scream pretentious.. Can we get beautiful systems like these without the logo on 'em?

In all honesty, i'm more excited about the Intel All-in-Ones, at least it has serviceable parts, i'm in no way shape form or fashion supportive of disposable computers.. then again, there is the rumor that Intel will be going to system on a chip designs here soon

NeoPogo said,
All of the slim all-in-ones are non-servicable from any manufacturer. Try to replace the HD on any of them and it is an art of taking out 30 screws and 4 other things to get in there...

30 screws and 4 other things != non-serviceable... If that were true, pretty much every laptop out there would be in that realm. I've taken apart a few Dell AIOs before, yes lots of screws, but far from non-serviceable.

spudtrooper said,
These just scream pretentious.. Can we get beautiful systems like these without the logo on 'em?

The machines are pretentious? You are the dumb **** who says he likes a product yet won't but it purely because it is made by a certain company.

spudtrooper said,
These just scream pretentious.. [snip]

What screams pretentious is how every single photo/render of the iMacs on Apple's website (which, by the way, don't even run Macintosh anymore, simply 'OSX') only shows a front or angled side view. You can never see how the device actually bubbles out a bunch in the back. Yes, they make it look super thin, but only the edges are.

Mulsivaas said,
What screams pretentious is how every single photo/render of the iMacs on Apple's website (which, by the way, don't even run Macintosh anymore, simply 'OSX') only shows a front or angled side view. You can never see how the device actually bubbles out a bunch in the back. Yes, they make it look super thin, but only the edges are.

Yes, let's complain about how PR pictures only show products in the best way possible. Get over yourself already. FYI, there are in fact at least two pictures on the iMac website that show the full bubble.