Ok, I lied. It's probably not that nice, but it gives us a good overview. I apologise for any mistakes or omissions and I do not accept responsibility for any grief, pain, suffering or loss of income that my chart may cause.
Screen – no retina screen, just a beautiful 2560x1440 screen with reduced glare (claimed). Thank you. I am glad that there is no power sapping retina resolution on here. The hardware is just not ready. The rMBP is a nice enough machine (I own one) and the screen is pretty to look at, but pushing around that many pixels is clearly too much for today’s mobile hardware, unless they forced in a desktop GTX 690 in there.
I would have been pleasantly surprised to see a GTX 680M. I am genuinely shocked that there is a GTX 680MX. I am not sure what the huge disappointment ringing through the forum is all about. The 680 MX is actually a slightly down-clocked version of the desktop GTX 680. For those interested, the 680M is a down-clocked version of the desktop GTX 670. The iMac is now faster than the Mac Pro, in terms of GPU power.
I was very sceptical about this new iMac, as you can see in this hotly debated thread that I created not too long ago, but I am feeling quite the opposite now.
As long as they can keep the thermals in check, this new iMac will eat the old model for breakfast. I am not sure if most of you realise how powerful the vanilla 680M actually is. The 680MX is a monster. Have a look at some benchmarks for the 680M all over the internet to see that you’ll be able to play all of your games and more.
The CPU increase is as expected. I wasn’t expecting 6 cores in there and they have given us the Ivy Bridge upgrade. 21.5 high and 27" share the same CPU. We saw this in the 2011 line up as well. In a nutshell, the CPUs picked closely match their 2011 equivalents. Except we now have shiny and new Ivy Bridge CPUs that are slightly faster.
4 USB 3 ports – thank you very much
2 TB ports – I was honestly hoping for 3 this time. 2 is not enough if you have embraced Thunderbolt.
It is currently unknown exactly how the BTO storage options will work, since the specs are not the clearest on this. Can one spec a 3 TB HDD and 768 GB flash? It should be possible, but the specs seem to say no.
The shape? Well, this is very subjective, but I am still not sure what the point was of the redesign. Does it look better? Again, this is purely subjective, but I am not too crazy about it. I would have preferred a smarter solution for a user-replaceable hard drive. I am sure that if anyone can design a beautiful all-in-one with way to allow the user to replace the HDD, then Apple can do it. This redesign feels a bit lazy, in my opinion.
All in all, the 2012 model looks good from a hardware point of view. They have crammed in a lot of shiny and new hardware in there that is very powerful. I am still sceptical about the thermal performance of this thing, but it’s impossible to comment on this, until we have some benchmarks or run our own tests. I am looking forward to getting one, depending on how much "OMG, the new iMac is the suxxors, it's too hot, dead pixels" mass panic we see once it comes out.
For all of the drama llamas over the last couple of months that have been crying doom and gloom: The Apple desktop is not dead. This is an amazingly powerful all-in-one desktop, on paper. If it works like I expect it to, then I take my hat off to Apple. Apple is clearly not only interested in iPads and iPhones. Please stop with the bs every year, because it's getting old and boring.