The 27" iMac Desktop Computer from Apple is an all-in-one desktop computer with a slim design. Measuring just 5mm at its edges, the iMac has 40% less volume than its previous generation. The LCD display is 5mm thinner, and Apple also removed a 2mm gap between the LCD panel and the glass to save more space.
The 27" widescreen display features LED backlighting and IPS (In-Plane Switching) for producing vibrant, accurate colors. The screen has a Full HD 2560 x 1440 native resolution, supported by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX graphics card with 2GB discrete GDDR5 memory.
The iMac features a quad-core 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.6 GHz, with the help of Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The system also has 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM, a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 720p FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, and built-in stereo speakers.
The iMac features dual Thunderbolt ports (which also double as Mini DisplayPorts) and 4 USB 3.0 ports that let you connect all compatible computer peripherals. For connecting your wireless keyboard and mouse, this all-in-one desktop uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion comes preinstalled on the iMac. Mountain Lion introduces a host of new features, such as Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notification Center, and more. It also seamlessly integrates with your other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch using iCloud. Just sign into iCloud with your Apple ID and you'll instantly have access to all your settings, files, photos, music, and more.
- Innovations at the Molecular Level
- A mere 5mm at its edge, the iMac has up to 40% less volume than the previous generation. Using an advanced welding method called friction-stir welding, Apple was able to join the front and the back of the iMac together directly.
- Re-Engineered Display
- The display on the iMac is no longer behind the cover glass, but it's actually right up against it. The LCD itself is 5mm thinner than before and using an advanced process called full lamination, Apple was able to eliminate a 2mm gap between the LCD and the glass. Full lamination has a second major benefit that it eliminates reflection of light off the LCD panel and off the back of the display's cover glass. Apple also reduced reflection off the front of the glass without compromising on color quality. Instead of applying an antireflective coating to the glass in the conventional way, Apple adapted a process commonly used on camera lenses called plasma deposition, which results in 75% reduction in reflectivity and vibrant, accurate colors.
- True-to-Life Colors
- Apple uses 3 spectroradiometers, 1 to measure gamma, 1 to measure white point, and 1 to check the work of the other 2, so as to calibrate the iMac to display vivid and vibrant colors.
- Energy Efficient
- The iMac is energy efficient, using up to 50% less energy in the idle state with the display on. And, its hardware components work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve even more power. The environmentally friendly iMac design is free of many harmful toxins, including mercury, arsenic, BFRs, and PVC. It's also made from materials such as aluminum and glass, which are more likely to be recycled and reused.
- Quad-Core Processor
- The iMac comes powered by 3rd-generation quad-core Intel i5 processor with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz. It uses the Turbo Boost 2.0 feature to automatically increase the speed of the active cores, so the Core i5, for example, can offer up to 3.6 GHz. And by shifting core frequency in small increments, Turbo Boost allows the processor to manage performance without affecting efficiency.
- NVIDIA Graphics
- iMac features the NVIDIA GeForce graphics processors built on Kepler architecture, delivering up to 60% greater performance for graphics-intensive tasks. Delivering more frames per second in 3D games, and you can edit HD home videos with more speed and responsiveness.
- Fusion Drive
- The iMac offers a storage option called Fusion Drive, which combines a high-capacity hard drive with high-performance flash storage, resulting in shorter boot times and faster application launches. Fusion Drive automatically and intelligently manages your data so that frequently used apps, documents, photos, and other files stay on the faster flash storage, while infrequently used items move to the hard drive.
- Ports and Connections
The iMac ships with 2 Thunderbolt ports that offer high data transfer speeds and versatile expansion capabilities. It features two 10 Gbps data channels per port, each up to twice as fast as USB 3 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. You can daisy-chain up to 6 devices and a display. Connect high-performance peripherals such as external drives, cameras, audio and video capture devices, even Mini DisplayPort displays for more screen area.
The iMac comes with 4 USB 3 ports with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2. It enables you to attach a range of compatible peripherals, such as your iPhone or iPod, printer, external hard drive, mobile phone, digital camera, or Apple USB SuperDrive.
The iMac incorporates the 802.11n wireless technology, to help you connect to a Wi-Fi network. It also comes embedded with the Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology so that you can connect your wireless accessories such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse.
- Audio and Visual
Even with a thin enclosure the iMac comes with built-in speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound. It delivers an immersive sound and a wide soundstage, while you view and play multi-media content.
The iMac has 2 built-in microphones that work together to home in on your voice and filter out the sounds around you. This means more accuracy when you’re using Dictation and better clarity during FaceTime video calls.
Capture crisp pictures and widescreen HD videos with the built-in 720p FaceTime HD camera. It lets you make video calls from your iMac to any FaceTime-enabled Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Wireless Magic Mouse
- Magic Mouse lets you perform simple gestures across its smooth, seamless top shell. Scroll in any direction with 1 finger, swipe through web pages and photos with 2, and click and double-click anywhere.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
- User-Friendly Interface
- The Dock is a handy place for all your favorite apps. From the Dock, you can launch apps quickly and switch between them easily. If an app isn't on the Dock, you'll find it in Launchpad. Go there to see all the apps on your Mac full screen and organize them however you like. And Mission Control gives you a bird's-eye view of all your open windows, so you can keep track of everything you're working on. OS X offers system-wide support for full-screen apps that use every inch of your display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once, along with multiple apps in windows. And it's easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views.
- Find, Organize, and Share Files Fast
- The Finder helps you find, organize, and access everything on your Mac. Additionally, features like Spotlight and Quick Look also help you search for any particular file even if you don't know what it's called. If you're searching for a document, and the only thing you recall about it is a phrase, you can open Spotlight, start typing the phrase, and your Mac generates a list of files that contain those words. And with Quick Look, you don't need to open an application to know you've found the right file, just hit the space bar and you'll see a full-size preview. Just drag and drop to share your file wirelessly with AirDrop.
- Once you sign in with your Apple ID on your iMac, iCloud is automatically set up in all the apps that use it. So if you have iCloud set up on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, whatever you do on your Mac happens on those devices, too. And it works the other way around. Update something on another device, and the same update will be made on your Mac. So your mail, contacts, calendars, messages, documents, data, and more go wherever you go. With the iCloud, let your Mac, iPhone and iPad be in sync.
- Safety. Built Right In.
- Every Mac is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work together to constantly scrutinize, encrypt, update, and ultimately keep your Mac safer. For starters, OS X is built on a proven, secure UNIX foundation. It also includes a host of features designed to protect your Mac and the information on it. Gatekeeper makes it safer to download and install apps. FileVault safeguards data using powerful encryption. Find My Mac helps you locate your missing Mac on a map, set a passcode remotely, and more. Customizable privacy settings keep your personal information under your control. And the best way to keep your Mac up to date with the latest security features is to simply install software updates with a click.
- Windows Compatibility
- The versatility and power of OS X help a Mac fit in just about anywhere - including Windows networks. OS X lets you transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC with ease. If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that, too. OS X has built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work and keep all your messages, meetings, and contacts in one place. OS X works with a range of digital cameras, printers, and other peripherals without the need to manually download separate drivers. And it opens popular file types such as JPG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
- Accessible Innovation
- The OS X comes with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities to experience what Mac has to offer, including many features you won't find in other operating systems. For example, built-in VoiceOver screen-reading technology, available in over 20 languages, makes it possible for those who are blind or have low vision to control their computers using key commands or gestures on a Multi-Touch trackpad (sold separately). OS X also offers out-of-the-box support for more than 40 Braille displays (including Bluetooth displays) and many other accessibility features, such as dynamic full-screen magnification, playback of closed captions, and a scalable screen.
- The iPhoto app is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organize and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places, and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by marking who is in them, and when and where you took them - all in an immersive full-screen view. Quick and simple editing tools let you make take perfect shots with just a few clicks. Photo Stream in iCloud automatically pushes new photos to all your devices, so you're never without your latest shots. And if you feel like showing off what you've captured, iPhoto lets you share with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook and Flickr.
- With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own flicks. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose 1 and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customize your screen further with your own words and audio.
- Whether you're musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano, and more. Or get a private lesson from 1 of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons. GarageBand even tells you how well you're playing in real time with a feature called "How Did I Play?"
- Mac App Store
- Just like shopping the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities to browse and purchase apps. New apps install in 1 step right to Launchpad. And the Mac App Store lets you know when app updates are available, so you always have the latest version.
- Designed with the Mac in mind, the Safari emphasizes browsing, not the browser. In full-screen view, the browser frame is only a pixel wide, and you can hide almost the entire interface if you choose. So there's nothing to distract you from an article, video, or photo album. Navigating web pages is easy with trackpad gestures; flip through web pages with a swipe, and double tap or pinch the trackpad to zoom in on text or images. Safari also features Reader, which lets you peruse articles sans annoying ads. Reading List lets you save links to articles and other web pages for later, and iCloud keeps your Reading List up to date across all your devices. Since pages render fast in Safari, you won't miss a minute of the web.
- The Mail app makes it easy to manage all your email from a single, ad-free inbox. It features powerful search capabilities, with search suggestions and tokens built in. It works with the free me.com email account you get when you sign up for iCloud, as well as most email standards - including POP3 and IMAP - and popular email services such as Gmail, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. Mail supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, too. If you have more than 1 email account, add your accounts to Mail and you'll be able to access all your email from 1 place. And the Mail looks as great as it works. It makes full use of your display with a gorgeous widescreen view featuring a full-height message and a message list that includes snippets. With conversations, messages from the same thread appear in an elegant timeline showing each communication as it was sent while hiding redundant text.
- Keep track of your busy schedule and share it with others using Calendar. Create separate calendars - one for home, another for school, a third for work, and so on. See all your calendars in a single window or choose to see only the calendars you want. Calendar lets you create invitations using information from contacts, update your guest list, keep track of responses, and receive the latest status information. When you or another Mac user receives a Calendar invitation via Mail, it's automatically added. Calendar also works with iCloud, Yahoo!, and Google. And when you use iCloud, every Calendar edit you make on your Mac automatically appears on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
- Contacts is a flexible and convenient place to store information for everyone you know. It's easy to import names, numbers, addresses, and photos from other applications. And it's designed for Facebook, too. This app automatically includes your friends' profile photos and information. And when friends update their information, Contacts updates your Mac. You can create smart groups for clubs, activities, and business purposes; print address labels and envelopes; and more. iCloud updates your contacts on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac - so when you enter someone's contact info once, you have it everywhere. And since Contacts is built on vCard, an industry standard for storing contact information, your friends can send you cards that you can add simply by dropping them into your contacts list, without the need for typing.
- Messages on the Mac replaces iChat. It does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. So you can send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac and on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later, too. You can even start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts, and send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone's typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and friends can see when you've read their messages. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private.
- The Reminders app helps you get all your to-dos done, on the Mac and on your iOS devices. Make as many to-do lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you'll get alerts as deadlines approach. Check items off your lists as you go and keep track of what you've completed. And to be sure you don't forget anything, iCloud keeps your reminders up to date on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
- Time Machine
- Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive or Time Capsule (sold separately). Connect the drive, assign it to Time Machine, and start enjoying some peace of mind. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, but it also remembers how your system looked on any given day so that you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.
- FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to talk, smile, and laugh with anyone on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or another Mac from your Mac. So you can catch up, hang out, and stay in touch with a click. And when someone wants to reach you, the call rings through on every Mac you own, even if FaceTime isn't running. So you never have to worry about making yourself available. If you don't want to receive calls, just turn FaceTime off.
- Photo Booth
- Take fun snapshots and make short videos via Photo Booth. Right from there, you can share what you shoot on Facebook and Twitter. Use photos as your Messages icons. Assign them to friends and family in Contacts. And add photos to your iPhoto library. But the real fun starts when you use the effects and backdrops. Snap a photo of yourself at the Eiffel Tower or in outer space. Choose from 9 effects that use facial tracking technology so effects look great whether you're front and center or left of center. Snap single photos or shoot multiples in a 4-photo burst. You can even shoot and trim video clips, complete with effects, and see your Photo Booth photos full screen.