Hoping to bag a new computer this Christmas? If you put style and functionality on equal footing when it comes to picking your gadgetry, you’ll be looking to pop one of Apple’s new 2012 iMac models at the top of your wishlist.
Though many feared the futuristic-looking new machines wouldn’t hit stores in time for the holidays, Apple today confirmed that UK stores will be seeing the all-in-one desktop computers touch down in good time on 30 November.
Here are Brandish’s top 5 reasons why this is the computer you should hope to find under your tree come Christmas Day.
1) It’s slimmer than a gnats arse
Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but with an edge a mere 5mm thick, the latest Apple iMac’s are incredibly thin. Using a manufacturing process called friction-stir welding (commonly used on airplane wings and rocket booster tanks) it uses a combination of “intense friction-generated heat and pressure to intermix the molecules of the two aluminium surfaces — creating a seamless, precise and super-strong joint”, according to Apple. It’s even more insane when you consider that all of the computer’s powerful components are housed within that super-slim chassis. The screen is as pretty as a picture
2) Its screen is as pretty as a picture
It may not be the Retina display that many had hoped for, but the 27-inch iMac’s 2560×1440 resolution LED-backlit display is still as beautiful as they come on a desktop computer. Each is individually calibrated to make colours pop in as life-like a way as possible, while this year’s model is 75% less reflective than previous versions.
The latest iMacs pack in the latest generation of Ivy Bridge Intel processors that are not only significantly faster than earlier ones, but also are far more efficient too. Cranking up to an impressive 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 in the top-tier configuration, they also feature an intelligent Turbo Boost mode that boosts speeds up to 3.9GHz when demanding applications require it. Dedicated NVIDA graphics cards (configurable to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory for the tech-savvy among you) mean that you’ll be able to play the latest games without a problem on the new iMacs too.
4) Its Fusion Drive may be the future of computer storage
The iMac can be configured to come with a Fusion Drive, a new take on traditional computer storage space that mixes the best bits of hard drives and flashy new Solid State drives (SSD). Traditional hard disk drives are much slower than Solid State drives, but are far cheaper and come in far higher storage capacities. The Fusion Drive puts the two together, offering a small amount of SSD storage alongside a big whack of regular hard disk storage, and intelligently learns which applications you use the most and moves them to the faster SSD portion. Essentially, this hybrid means you still get loads of storage space, plus the speedy application loading and file transfer advantages of an SSD.
5) OS X is a great operating system, with great built-in apps
Forget Windows 8, Apple’s Mountain Lion OS X is the best operating system on the market, and it comes pre-installed on all iMac computers. If you’ve already got an iPhone or iPad it’s a no-brainer; OS X’s iCloud online storage features make syncing up an iMac’s files with your other Apple products and their calendars and contacts simple. Then there’s the intuitive gesture controls that Apple pioneered and everyone else has since ripped off, letting you swipe and pinch your way though many features of the computer. Add in the impressive array of free, built in apps (the Garageband music recording suite is regularly used by pro popstars while the iMovie and iPhoto applications let you play inventively with your snaps and videos) and it’s the most comprehensive out-of-the-box computing offering there is.
Apple’s latest iMac models hit shops on 30 November 2012, with prices starting at £1,099. Click here to check out the range on the Apple website.