We learned just a few days ago that they would be arriving today, and sure enough, Apple has opened the gates to their new iMac. The 21.5-inch is set to ship in "1-3 business days," while the 27-inch model has a longer delay of "2-3 weeks." However, both models are available now to purchase starting at $1,299.
Apple's new iMacs are much thinner, with a 5mm edge all the way around, and on the inside, the new iMac adds a brand new Fusion Drive that combines flash storage and a traditional hard drive to maximize both speed and capacity. The new machines also come with a new display that reduces reflection by 75% compared to the last-gen displays, and they're also a lot thinner thanks to the fusing of the LCD panel with the protective cover glass.
The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac comes with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512MB graphics card. For $1,499, you can bump up to a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB graphics card.
The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799. For the entry-level 27-inch model, you'll get a Core i5 processor clocked at 2.9GHz, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of hard drive storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512MB graphics card. For $1,999, you can get the 27-inch model with a faster Core i5 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB card.
In related news, a Japanese blogger ended up tearing apart the new iMac right after getting it. The website is in Japanese and Google's translation is poorly done, but there are plenty of pictures to go by, and we finally get to see how Apple made their new iMac so incredibly thin at the edges. It turns out that most of the components are towards the center of the machine where it teardrops into a larger compartment, but we have to say that we're still impressed. Hopefully, we'll see even thinner all-in-ones in the future.