While a number of rumors pointed towards a new iMac lineup announcement today, not one touched upon just how remarkably thin the new iMacs would be. When Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller debuted the new all-in-one desktop Mac, I was utterly amazed. At just 5 mm thin around its edges, thanks to its tapered design, the new iMac is easily the sleekest and sexiest desktop computer that I have ever seen.
It is already widely known that Apple has one of the best engineering teams in the industry, but it’s still fascinating that the company was able to achieve an 80 percent reduction in the thickness of its new iMac. As the owner of a 24-inch iMac, the new ultra-thin model looks like a piece of paper next to the bulkier aluminum unibody chassis of my older generation iMac.
For this reason, I feel that the iMac stole the show from the iPad mini, which was expected to be the trademark device shown off at Apple’s special media event today. While the iPad mini is also an interesting and exciting device, we already knew its screen size, design and pricing based on rumors that proved to be accurate. The new iMac, on the other hand, caught everyone by surprise.
The upgrade path for me would likely involve purchasing a new 21.5-inch iMac, although its lack of expandable memory slots has me considering the larger 27-inch model instead. Having just recently purchased a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and iPhone 5, however, I might have to be patient on this one before spending even more money on my Apple obsession. But the new iMac has won me over, that’s for sure.