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Apple launches 2013 iMacs with Haswell, PCIe-based SSD support
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Sep 24, 2013, 09:16 AM
Skipping an announcement during its September press event, Apple today unveiled the 2013 edition of the iMac. The desktop is making the switch to Intel's Haswell platform, and now comes standard with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCIe-based SSD storage, where selected. The base 21.5-inch model comes with a 1TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, and intergrated Iris Pro graphics. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch sizes support Core i5 configurations up to 3.4GHz, and NVIDIA GeForce 700-series videocards.

When trying to maximize system specs, a buyer can scale up to a 3.5GHz quad-core Core i7 chip paired with GeForce GTX 780M graphics. Storage options include 1TB or 3TB conventional hard drives, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drives, and purely SSD-based storage up to 1TB. RAM expansion can go as high as 32GB. In terms of ports, each iMac comes with two Thunderbolt and four USB 3.0 connections.

The updated iMac models are available starting today. Prices typically range between $1,299 and $1,999, but can go higher if built to order. Systems also cost more if a buyer opts for a system with a VESA wall mount.
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Sep 24, 2013, 10:15 AM
The key question with any new iMac model is just how upgradable and fixable it is. For that, we'll need to await a report from iFixIt.com. In recent models, that's not likely to be good news. Except for the Mac mini, Apple's design skills are rarely applied to repairability.
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Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 AM
I'd be surprised if they are substantially different than the models they replace, but you're smart to wait for iFixit to take a swipe at them.

Apple seems to have drifted to the 'get it right the first time' mentality.
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Sep 24, 2013, 07:17 PM
Far more interesting to me (as a potential buyer who's not a repair nerd) is the chances of problems rather than how easily they can get fixed (since I'm not ever going to be fixing the problem) -- and thus far over the entire history of the iMac, the model has been shown to be pretty reliable over the course of its expected useful life (let's say four to five years on that). Yes you might get a lemon. You might also win the lottery. The odds, it seems to me, are about the same on that.

My chances of having a serious, debilitating issue with an iMac (particularly if I buy AppleCare ) are ridiculously low. That 1-2 years where I no longer have any coverage (out of a 4-5 year useful lifespan) is, in my experience, smooth sailing if you didn't have any defects/issues with it during your extended warranty period. Indeed, my experience has been that if you don't have issues with the machine in the first three months, you likely won't during its useful lifetime.

(TL;DR -- I'm not especially worried about repairability, more about reliability -- and Apple has always been king of the hill in that regard, and I don't expect that will change with this model.)
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