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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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New iMac Now Available to Order in the U.S.




Apple is now accepting orders for the new iMac on their online store. The new iMacs offer dramatically reduced thickness and add a brand new Fusion Drive that combines flash storage and a traditional disk-based hard drive to maximize both speed and capacity.

The 21.5" model starts at $1299 and $1499 while the 27" model starts at $1799 and $1999. The 21.5" model is shipping in "1-3 business days" while the 27" model ships in 2-3 weeks. Limited stock of 21.5" iMacs should also be available in Apple retail stores starting today. The previously reported iMac build-to-order options were accurate with a variety of RAM, Processor, Hard Drive and Graphics Card upgrades available for specific models.

We previously posted an unboxing video of the new iMac.

Article Link: New iMac Now Available to Order in the U.S.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:21 AM   #2
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Already ordered mine, good night!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:22 AM   #3
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Ordered mine about 20 minutes ago. 7-10 business days for a fully decked out 21.5" model. Arriving a week before Christmas.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:22 AM   #4
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Well it's still November, just...
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:24 AM   #5
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Apple fanboys must order fast due to supply constraints.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:24 AM   #6
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Wewt!! Ordering mine now.

27" with 3.4 GHz Core i7 and 728 GB SSD. Will use my external thunderbolt for more storage and buy aftermarket RAM.

Anyone know why you can't get a fusion drive with the 728 GB SSD and 3 TB HDD. Would work much better for me (yes, I would use most of that storage).

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:09 AM   #7
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Wewt!! Ordering mine now.

27" with 3.4 GHz Core i7 and 728 GB SSD. Will use my external thunderbolt for more storage and buy aftermarket RAM.

Anyone know why you can't get a fusion drive with the 728 GB SSD and 3 TB HDD. Would work much better for me (yes, I would use most of that storage).
You can't get that high with fusion because the SSDs used are the blade type like in the MacBook Air. That's also one of the reasons the SSDs are more expensive, they are not the standard 2.5" drives.

Just ordered my 27" iMac an hour and a half ago here in Korea.
i7, 1 TB fusion, 8 GB ram, GTX 680MX 2 GB, and of course the plug in keyboard because I love the number pad. ETD Dec. 21st.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:11 AM   #8
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Wewt!! Ordering mine now.

27" with 3.4 GHz Core i7 and 728 GB SSD. Will use my external thunderbolt for more storage and buy aftermarket RAM.

Anyone know why you can't get a fusion drive with the 728 GB SSD and 3 TB HDD. Would work much better for me (yes, I would use most of that storage).
You're crazy...I mean, I am too...just saying...

(ordered base 21.5 cause it's for my wife and I have my rMBP/mac mini combo going, but man, your thing is sweet...that's what she said...oh man I got to get to bed...)
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:25 AM   #9
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Yes! Finally came up at the Norwegian Store to!
One 27" 3,2 GHz order placed!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:25 AM   #10
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opted for ram over fusion. Hope I made the right choice.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:27 AM   #11
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Ordered in the UK, delivery 21 Dec to 2 Jan

27" base model with 3TB Fusion and trackpad instead of mouse

Can go back to sleep now having been up most of the night!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:22 AM   #12
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Ordered in the UK, delivery 21 Dec to 2 Jan

27" base model with 3TB Fusion and trackpad instead of mouse

Can go back to sleep now having been up most of the night!
Mines ordered for that time scale too.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:30 AM   #13
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opted for ram over fusion. Hope I made the right choice.
Honestly, probably not. Although, I don't know what you'll be using the computer for.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:40 AM   #14
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Wow! so its true, no fusiion or ssd for entry imac, no pure SSD for 21 incher at all, no ther SSD than 768 GB for imac at all... bye bye iMac, I am not a fool
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:40 AM   #15
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I still can't help but feel the new iMac is a downgrade from the previous generation.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:41 AM   #16
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I just changed my order and went the whole hog - i7, 32gb ram, 3tb fusion and nVidia 680MX (and AppleCare) ... not much more than my original order - it's not like I'm going to be buying one of these every week ... in for a penny, in for a pound!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:42 AM   #17
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can you upgrade the ram yourself ? otherwise you paid 180$ too much for your ram upgrade rofl. i think the fusion drive should come stock honestly or at least give us 7200rpm stock drives. i really want one of these. with edu pricing you can have a nice i7 model 8gigs ram 1tb drive for 1580$. damn wish i didint just buy a macbook pro
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:45 AM   #18
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Honestly, probably not. Although, I don't know what you'll be using the computer for.
iTunes, browsing, hope to dabble in Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, Pages, maybe some Left For Dead 2.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:40 AM   #19
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opted for ram over fusion. Hope I made the right choice.
If the US is anything like the UK, you can get the RAM for about 1/5 the price from crucial.com instead
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If the US is anything like the UK, you can get the RAM for about 1/5 the price from crucial.com instead
No user upgradeable RAM on the lower end model, just BTO.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:46 AM   #21
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If the US is anything like the UK, you can get the RAM for about 1/5 the price from crucial.com instead
The ram on the 21.5 won't be upgradable. Must be soldered. Not sure if you can order without the fusion and add your own ssd later.
Will be interesting if you can add your own ram and ssd to the 27" model than it will be nearly the same price to take the base 27 vs 21.5 with 16gb+fusion
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:45 AM   #22
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If the US is anything like the UK, you can get the RAM for about 1/5 the price from crucial.com instead
He ordered the 21.5 - RAM isnt user-upgradable.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:47 AM   #23
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opted for ram over fusion. Hope I made the right choice.
SSD (or Fusion) makes far more difference to overall system performance than extra RAM (the only exception is if you're doing extremely memory-intensive tasks that really need it).

Looking at the teardown, however, it doesn't appear to be too difficult to upgrade the HDD to an SSD later if you want to.... and SSD prices are, of course, dropping all the time.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:51 AM   #24
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opted for ram over fusion. Hope I made the right choice.
On a 21.5" iMac... you did make the right choice. 16gigs of RAM is more precious on that specific machine than the Fusion Drive. With the TB ports you could always pick up a faster HD/SSD etc.

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On a 21.5" iMac... you did make the right choice. 16gigs of RAM is more precious on that specific machine than the Fusion Drive. With the TB ports you could always pick up a faster HD/SSD etc.
The RAM is socketed, though, right? You can still upgrade with your own RAM on the 21.5", it's just that (unlike the 27") you have to open up the iMac to do it.

The 2012 iMac actually looks much easier to open up than previous models, thanks to the welded display. No more having to first remove the glass, then the LCD panel with ~18 screws...
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