It was recently reported that the new iMacs would be going on sale in India from today; however, several sources have informed us that this was highly unlikely and the minimum time it will take to land on Indian shelves is 20 days.
We have spoken to our sources and they have stated that though Apple may have announced it, the waiting period is usually a month minimum. The products are expected to launch in India on the same day as the US, but the stocks usually come here later. This has been a trend since the last few years. And this is applicable only to the Macs, and not other iOS devices. When Apple announces iOS devices and provides a launch date, the products launch on that date itself.
Much slimmer than the previous generation
If one is hoping to get their hands on the new iMacs through official channels, then the wait is a bit longer.
As per the announcement, Apple stated that the all-new iMac would be available on Friday, November 30. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available through select Apple Authorized Resellers. The wait for the larger model is a bit longer and Apple has stated that the 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the Apple Online Store and will begin shipping in December. However, this does not seem to be the case and it appears that both models would be available at the same time sometime towards the end of next month.
At an event in October, Apple unveiled a completely new iMac with a new design, improved display with reduced reflection, third generation Intel quad-core processors, NVIDIA graphics and a new storage option termed as Fusion Drive. Apple has stressed that the new iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made.
Available in two sizes – both will be available at the same time in India
Redesigned from the inside out, the new iMac is built of an aluminium and glass enclosure with up to 40 percent less volume than its predecessor, and an edge that measures 5mm. As per an official statement by the company, the new iMac also features a completely re-engineered display that reduces reflection by 75 percent while maintaining colour and contrast. In the new design, the cover glass is laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied using a plasma deposition process. Apple claims that every iMac display is individually calibrated using an advanced spectroradiometer.
The new iMac features third generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors that can be upgraded to Core i7. According to the official statement by Apple, the NVIDIA GeForce processors found here deliver up to 60 percent faster performance needed for gaming and graphics intensive apps. Every new iMac now comes with standard 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and a 1TB hard drive. Customers can choose to configure their iMac with up to 32GB of memory and a new 3TB hard drive or 768GB of flash storage. With two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 ports, the new iMac offers further expandability and support for high-performance peripherals.
Slim from all angles
The 21.5-inch iMac will be available with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.2GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M for a suggested retail price of Rs 85,900, and with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for a suggested retail price of Rs 99,900 including taxes (VAT).
The 27-inch iMac will be available with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M for a suggested retail price of Rs 122,900. Another variant of the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.6GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX will be available for a suggested retail price of Rs 134,900.