Apple uncovered a wide range of products in October including iPad Mini, new iMacs and MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Soon after the launch of its new and upgraded iMacs, there were reports claiming that the iMacs are facing some issue and that the products could be delayed.
However, the base 21.5 inch model was announced in India on November 30 with a price tag of Rs 85,900. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through select Apple Authorised Resellers, while the 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December.
With the launch of the new and redesigned desktops, the customary practice, the teardown of the iMac was done by iFixit, the repair company.
Unfortunately, iFixit described the process as an “exercise in disappointment” noting the iMac’s new thinner design introduces new hurdles for repairability. The most notable issue is that the device's glass and the LCD are glued onto the iMac's frame and hence, to access the RAM, CPU and hard drive, one has to remove the whole logic board.
In terms of hardware changes, iMac packs some engineering changes that will help with user experience, including dual microphones to make FaceTime calling and general audio input without mics better overall.
iFixit is has given the new iMac a repariability score of 3 out of 10 (down from 7/10 last year) due to the many issues.
Coming to the specs, iMac will come in two variants – 27 inch LED IPS display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and 21.5 inch LED IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution both with a full lamination design with 75% reduced reflection.
The new iMac features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7 accompanied with faster NVIDIA GeForce processor, 8GB of 1600MHz memory and a 1TB hard drive.
Apple has also announced a brand new form of storage for the iMac dubbed as Fusion Drive, which fuses a 128GB SSD hard drive along with a 1TB or 3TB HDD to increase the speed and efficiency of the iMac’s hard drive. Moreover, the device has a micro SD card slot, four USB 3 ports and two Thunderbolt ports.