All New iMac Released: Specs & Pricing

Oct 23, 2012 - 18 Comments

New iMac for 2012

An all new iMac has been released. It’s beautiful, has a ridiculously 80% thinner design, and it’s a whopper with specs. The 21″ model starts shipping in November, the 27″ arrives in December. Here are some of the details:

New iMac (2012) Specs

  • 27″ display at 2560×1440
  • 21″ display at 1920×1080
  • Laminated IPS display with 75% less brightness
  • Quad-core i5 or i7 CPU
  • 8GB RAM standard, up to 32GB RAM
  • Fusion Drive option – 128GB SSD & 1TB HDD
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • No optical drive, external option available

New iMac Base Pricing

  • 21″, 2.7GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD – $1299
  • 27″, 2.9GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM, – $1799

Phil Schiller and the new iMac for 2012


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  1. Roger Hawcroft says:

    I’m assuming that the prices given are in $USD. Any idea what they’ll cost in Australia?

  2. Roger Hawcroft says:

    Why does Apple insist on producing models with limited RAM and either no option to upgrade or having to have it done by technicians?

    Now, they appear to have done the right thing (though 8gb is really too small a minimum) with the 27″ yet in basically the same chassis they retain the old – ‘can’t do it yourself’ nonsense with the 21.5″ – go figure.

    And while I’m complaining, (I’m an Apple user from Apple IIe days and a big fan, really), why don’t we have a 17″ MacBook Pro any longer. Mine finally died and, for some reason that is beyond me, all I see are tiny screened laptops with the exception of the odd Windoze offering – which I don’t want, thank you very much.

  3. tom says:

    Check youtube on how to replace it. It’s simple. I run FCPX on my 27″ and have had 32g of ram stuffed in it for over a year!

  4. Claus says:

    Hello, does anyone know where to find detailed spec info about the RAM modules for the 27” iMac?

  5. Tijarmin says:

    Wish they would have chop the horizontal aluminium section at the bottom of the screen and make it look like their cinema display !

  6. Ricco says:

    The specs above state 75% less brightness when it should read 75% less reflective!

    • Jason says:

      I read that this afternoon and did a double take.

      Thanks for pointing it out… I’m sure the author will fix it soon. (lolz)

  7. razorous says:

    I was wondering if the iMac’s bluetooth 4.0 would help in any way make the wireless keyboard and mouse/magic trackpad battery life much longer… Would it?

  8. Sonee JOhn says:

    Lovely, Sexy iMac I am buying the 21.5″ with fusion, I watched the keynote note and i was shocked how nice it looks.BTW the Ram looks like it non-upgrade after you buy it

  9. albert says:

    Can you upgrade the RAM on the new iMac without taking it to an Apple technician as in previous iMac’s? The RAM does not look easily accessible on the newest iMac.

    • Dilbert Asended says:

      Only on the 27″.

      • Mike Bailey says:

        Thanks Dilbert, but how do you know the new 2012 27″ iMac has RAM that is user installable? Do you have a link to this information and can you share it with everyone?


        • Nathan says:

          From the apple site under Memory:


          The 21.5-inch iMac comes with 8GB of memory and can be configured online with 16GB. On the 27-inch iMac, 8GB of memory comes standard, and you can upgrade to 16GB or 32GB. Configure and buy your iMac at the Apple Online Store and it will arrive with the memory already installed. Or add more memory to the 27-inch model yourself by popping open the easy-to-access memory panel on the back.

        • Dilbert Asended says:

          “Up Close with the New 27-inch iMac’s User Serviceable Memory Panel” by Anand Lal Shimpi

          “Both of the 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs use SO-DIMMs, however the 27-inch model does allow for end user upgrades. Remove the power cable and there’s a button that will pop out a little panel giving you access to the system’s SO-DIMM slots. The 21.5-inch model needs to be taken apart to gain access to the memory slots unfortunately.”

  10. mac muncher says:

    2 things the new Imac will NOT have
    (that SHOULD)

    1) 5.1 sound card
    2) 2nd HD upgrade to SSD (a simple DIY job)

  11. Gumby says:

    Looks so good but I wish it was retina. If I didn’t buy a new MacBook Air just a few months ago I may have got one of these instead!

  12. DG says:

    That’s a killer of a unit. All it does for me is whet the appetite about how much of a monster the Mac Pro will be. (Oh, and how expensive too).

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