iMac 21,5” (Late 2012): iPad?

Once again the iMac changed his appearance. He lost 2.5 kg, thin (up to 5 mm at the edges), and even more beautiful (if you look at it from the side or rear), but for everything in this world you have to pay: he was not subject to modernization, actually – at least officially… the configuration of the new iMac (the amount of drive or drives and RAM size) needed to choose from in the online store, the prices Apple – or never. This angered even those who have never climbed in his intestines. If the indignant comments on the forums was able to stop its sale, it would have happened.

The more that this lack was not unique. Useless company innovation in ophthalmology (Retina display) has been criticized in the nines and was declared a heresy, but now its absence in the new iMac became one of the leaders in the list of his shortcomings.

The other leaders was the price, and primitive graceful stand (the production of which is clearly good save), and much more. Instead of supporting Blu-ray, which is not the first year asked users, Apple removed the optical drive from the latest Mac (except Mac Pro archaic) – and for what? For the sake of reducing the weight and thickness of the shell? It’s not a laptop and not a mobile device, why all this?

The sales of the new iMac with a diagonal of 21.5 inches (55.6 cm) was promised in November, and what turns the clash of castles in the air with the harsh reality, they know everything.

Moreover, the “all-in-one” other manufacturers looked (in theory) much more interesting: a huge display with multi-touch support, Windows 8 and other innovations. This time the “fruit” on a fine stalk should give up, the advantage was not on their side…

This is a continuation of a series about the iMac on Intel, the previous parts are here:

The first part: the First Intel Mac – there are links to a series about the iMac G4 and iMac G5;
Second part: the Last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there’s also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac to come…
The fourth part: Setbreak, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
Fifth part: White, middle class.
Sixth part: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?
Seventh part: iMac aluminum not without extreme…;
Eighth part: the iMac becomes more powerful…;
Ninth part: iMac (Early 2009): the recession has affected Apple…;
Tenth: iMac (Mid 2009). the iMac is not for everyone…;
Eleventh part: Unibody iMac, remote control and mouse…;
The twelfth part: iMac (Late 2009) Intel Core 2, younger model…;
Thirteenth part: iMac (Late 2009) Core i5/Core i7, overtaking Mac Pro;
The fourteenth part: More iMac’and for the same money. Apple 2010;
The fifteenth part: the Elite of the breed of iMac 2010;
The sixteenth part: the thunder and a home desktop computer…;
The seventeenth part: iMac (Mid 2011) – faster than a Mac Pro?;
Eighteenth part: the Last computer of the Steve jobs era.

Sacrifice in vain

Do I need to change the image almost perfect iMac? Why would a desktop computer to dump excess weight and to lose weight? It’s not a laptop and not a mobile device, where every gram and cubic millimeter of gold. Beauty, of course, a terrible force, but was it worth it such a serious toll?

Officially, upgrades the iMac with a diagonal of 21.5” outside of an Apple was impossible. On the day when this iMac “faced with reality”, several copies bought for the “experience” – and, alas, the worst expectations were met.

Getting to the RAM slots to the drives, replace them with something more interesting was easy. Memory began to solder in motherboard, hard disk and SSD were completely interchangeable – only access to them was very difficult.

To upgrade RAM it was necessary to disassemble the entire computer, and to overcome some almost insurmountable obstacles, the first of which was the display. Then, desperately in danger of causing irreparable damage to the connections and connectors to reach the motherboard, disconnect it and remove – and voila! Memory slots front of you.

But do not hurry to rejoice. To collect back all this construction was more complicated. Without destroying the results of a dangerous enterprise careless movement at the end.

In place of Apple I would hide between the memory slots a prize, which could be used only with that particular computer during the day. The quest would be even more exciting.

Maybe it would increase sales of the new iMac. Though it sold well, and without such tricks, once again poromiv competitors with all their innovation.

If vain had been the victim?

Inside iMac13,1

In the online store iMac with the “small” screen size (21.5 inch to the diagonal, it is 54.6 cm) was represented by two initial configurations 1 1 299 and $ 499.

ID “small” model iMac13,1.

The first used a 4-core Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz (i5-3330S), the ability to dynamically increase the clock rate to 3.2 GHz cache third level 6 MB. Changing the processor in the Configurator was not provided.

The second 4-Core Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz (i5-3470S), the ability to dynamically increase clock speed to 3.6 GHz and with a cache of the third level in the same 6 MB. The Configurator was proposed to replace the processor Intel Core i7 3.1 GHz (i7-3770S), cache in the third level of 8 MB and “turbo”-a frequency of 3.9 GHz for $ 200. Also a 4-core.

8 GB PC3-12800 (1,600 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM for $ 200 in the Configurator the RAM size can be increased to 16 Gigabytes. By and large, an online store was the last place where it could be done without prohibitive risk. And whether 16 Gigabytes of real limit for this computer, we do not know. Wanting to play with fate, apparently, was a little.

The two configurations consisted of drives in the 1 Terabyte (5 400 rpm). Up to 4 January 2013 for cheap most of them, this CD was the only possible, and no Fusion Drive it for it was not. In configuration 1 for $ 499 drive can be replaced on the Fusion Drive (1 TB + 128 GB SSD) for $ 250. Other options were not offered.

Display with a resolution of 1920×1080 (HD), IPS led backlit, coated to reduce reflectivity of the bright and glossy screen four times.

In a cheap configuration used GPU-NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, in the more expensive NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, both with 512 MB GDDR5.

One of the drawbacks of iMac13,1 was considered to be the location of connectors on the back side of the case.

It looked like this:

Firewire 800 is gone, but it was predictable. But Thunderbolt ports now had two, and the “small” iMac is now also possible to connect 2 monitors with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Once a long time ago I read about a successful attempt to connect four displays (to 21.5-inch iMac with GeForce GT 650M), but to confirm it failed. It is theoretically possible.

Small, but very visible innovation: now there were two microphones with background noise suppression.

To be continued

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