Apple has begun selling their latest 21.5 and 27 inch model iMacs on-line and Apple stores. Shipments of the 21.5-inch are taking 1 to 3 business days at the moment, whereas delivery of the 27-inch models are delayed much longer and currently taking about 2 to 3 weeks.
Some general specs of the Apple 8-th Generation iMac:
Diameter: 5 mm at the edges
Processor: The 27-inch option begins with a 2.9Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5
Drives: Apple’s Fusion Drive – a 128GB SSD with an option of either 1TB or 3TB HD
Graphics: 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080, 27-inch 2560 x 1440 – both having carrying 178-degree viewing angles and using Nvidia GeForce
Apple almost always incorporates some innovative hardware feature in their products, and in this case one to take exceptional note of seems to be the Fusion Drive.
The Fusion Drive concept is one that uses your typical high-capacity HD storage drives in conjunction with high performance of flash storage. Apple claims that with the Fusion Drive, “disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive.”
Overall the latest iMac seems to have enough power, innovation and beauty to keep current Apple users happy and enough usual innovation to even have some Apple antagonists give it some favorable mention.
In more positive legal news for Apple, last month a Dutch judged Samsung innocent of violating an Apple patent for a “pinch-to-zoom” feature, but this past week the Netherlands court ruled in favor of Apple, judging Samsung guilty of patent infringement and placing a ban on Samsung Galaxy tablets and smart-phones that use an Apple-patented scrolling procedure that facilitates the browsing of images in a photo gallery using a tablet or similar device. The Samsung ban in the Netherlands now applies to Samsung’s Galaxy devices using Android 2.2.0 or less higher. The Dutch court also ruled that Samsung must disclose how much profit they’ve made from the product infringements since late June 2011. The Dutch court will then decide what portion of the profits that Apple should get.
Apple and Samsung continue their global patent battles but both companies have deep pockets. So deep that the trading off of, wins and losses, of million and even billion dollar judgments world-wide has made the war a long and drawn out one. Apple has been a major victor in America, but internationally, Samsung has come out almost equally in favorable judgments.
(Samsung / Apple patent information based on a Reuters report)