Super-thin iMac now expected to ship in December

November 20, 2012

It might be safe to throw out those reports that no one could get their hands on one of those beautiful new iMac computers before the new year.

9to5 Mac is reassuring Apple fans around the glove that the world’s most valuable company is indeed still planning on shipping out the extremely-thin desktop computer this year, and very likely in early December. They could be difficult to buy, however.

Demand should be high, as Apple hasn’t updated their iMac in sometime, and supplies are expected to be very short for the rest of the year. After all, it was a big year for the tech industry.

MacRumors is reporting that preorders could start sometime near the end of November, which would mean next week. If Apple sticks to its recent schedule of iPad mini and iPhone 5 releases, we could see preorders begin Friday, Nov. 30 and the computer shipping out a week later on Dec. 7, just in time for the holidays.

The eighth-generation iMac is extremely thing and very sexy in design. It’s 80 percent thinner, which was largely helped in part to having no CD disc drive.

The new iMac, which comes in 21.5? and 27? sizes, features a full lamination design that utilizes a process called Plasma deposition. This allowed Apple to apply anti-reflecting coating to a mere nanometer thickness. The significantly thinner design takes off about 8 pounds from its previous generation.

The 21.5-inch version ships in November for $1299; the 27-inch version starts at $1799.

Those prices can go up, depending on what kind of hard drive you end up buying with it. Alongside the new iMac, Apple released its new Fusion Drive — a hybrid storage drive that uses both a traditional hard drive and a solid-state hard drive. The latter of the two runs your operating system and bigger apps that you designate, such as Adobe Photoshop or Apple Aperture, while the traditional hard drive is primarily used for storage.

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