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5 reasons to put the new 2012 Apple iMac at the top of your Christmas list

By Gerald Lynch on November 27th, 2012

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.

3) It’s super-fast 

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.

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Apple’s most stylish computer yet?

By Gerald Lynch on June 12th, 2012

mabook-pro-retina-3-640.jpgreview-line.JPGApple are calling it “the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made”, and “a whole new vision for the notebook.” And they’d be right. Super-slim and super-powerful, Apple’s new MacBook is catwalk-thin and man-bag ready, letting you get some serious work done thanks to high-spec internals without having to let your inner geek crack through your chic exterior. Apple mean business with the new MacBook Pro, and they’re doing it with style. Here, we pick out the computer’s five best features.

review-line.JPGRetina Display

A Retina Display in a MacBook Pro, like those found in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and new iPad was one of the most hotly rumoured features of Apple’s new machine’s prior to launch, and thankfully it’s made the cut.

The killer feature of the new MacBook Pros, it sees the screen running at a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1800, hitting 220 ppi, or 5,184,000 pixels. That’s four times the pixels of the last generation MacBook Pro. It’s also 3 million pixels more than you’d find in a full HD TV, and offers improved contrast ratios and viewing angles, as well as considerable less glare in direct sunlight meaning you can work in the garden without giving yourself a squinty-eyed headache.

Super-thin looks

Apple have put the MacBook Pro on a serious diet. The new model is just 0.71-inches thick, making it 25% thinner than the current Pro.  At 4.46 pounds, it’s the lightest MacBook Pro Apple have ever built too. It’s not the slimmest  laptop on the market (that accolade belongs, for the time being at least, to Acer’s Aspire S5), but it’s the best looking, and up there with the most powerful of Ultrabooks.
Snazzy graphics

Thanks to the combination of an Intel Ivy Bridge Processor (with configurations starting at 2.3GHz quad-core i7s) and NVIDIA’s latest mobile discrete graphics chips, the latest MacBook Pro is the fastest, most graphically capable laptop Apple have ever put together. Ivy Bridge offers a 60% improvement over the last generation of Intel’s integrated graphics solutions, while the NVIDIA GT 650M graphics chip inside means that Retina-troubling gaming resolutions shouldn’t be out of reach. Indeed, at WWDC 2012 Apple showed off an enhanced version of Diablo III running at a Retina Display resolution, with touched up graphics to make the most of the higher ppi. Here’s hoping other developers follow sit with their games. 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 LRAM as standard helps too, meaning intensive multi-tasking and video editing applications should always run without a stutter.

Better Connectivity

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display may well be dropping the optical disc drive of previous models, but it’s adding some key new features too. Most notably are two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI input, two connections that have been sorely missing from previous models. As well as that, you’re also getting an SD slot, two superfast Thunderbolt ports, the thinner new MagSafe 2 connection, a 720p Facetime HD webcam, dual mics, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Oh, and a headphone jack too.

SSD Storage

Hard Disk Drives will soon be going the way of the Dodo in favour of SSD drives, as employed by Apple here. And for good reason; they allows the machines to be much thinner and lighter, as well as booting up incredibly quickly and allowing for fast application loading times and speedy file transfers. And, with no moving parts, your data is better protected against shock and drop damage, which is great for clumsy types.

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