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Christmas Gift Guide

Say hello to iMac

On the flipside

Thin edges, but thicker toward the middle

Wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse

Need for speed

Power under the hood

No need to yell

Secret panel

No Retina Display, no touch screen

The 2012 iMac was unveiled on October 23 at the same event where the iPad Mini was announced.
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This is the 27-inch iMac. It's available for preorder today at configurations starting at $1,799, and begins shipping in December. The 21.5-inch iMac is available online and in stores today starting at $1,299.
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The new display is 5mm thick at the edges, but the body does bulge out toward the center of the screen's rear.
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As usual, the standard Apple keyboard and Magic Mouse are onboard -- both are wireless and use Bluetooth to interface with the desktop.
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The jack pack includes four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a headphone jack, and an SDXC card slot. But their location -- on the iMac's backside -- isn't convenient for fast cable or drive swaps.
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Hidden under that bulge is a third-generation "Ivy Bridge" Intel CPU (Core i5 or Core i7), an Nvidia GeForce graphics card (GT 640M to GTX 680MX), and 1TB to 3TB of storage (with a Fusion Drive or flash storage options as well).
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The dual microphones are designed to improve audio performance during FaceTime sessions.
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The 27-inch iMac allows for user-accessible RAM upgrades; that's not an option on the 21.5-incher.
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Despite rumors (or hopes), the 2012 iMac has the same screen resolution as the 2011 model (2,560x1,440 pixels). And, unlike new Windows 8 PCs, Macs do not offer touch-screen options.
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