Apple introduces 8th Generation iMac Aaron Rowe October 23, 2012 Apple Aside from the iPad Mini being announced, one of the biggest announcements was that of the iMac. There have been 7 generations of iMac and with the 8th, Apple is setting a new bar for all in one desktop computing. At first glance the thing you will notice about the iMac is that is is thin. Super super thin. 5mm thin to be exact. It’s also has 40% less volume than the previous generation. The 21.5 inch has a resolution of 1920×1080 while the 27 inch has a resolution of 2560×1440. Both have IPS displays for 178 degree viewing angles and have over 300 nits in brightness. They are both 75% less reflective than the previous generation. The new iMacs have FaceTime HD camera and dual microphones. Inside they are packing Bluetooth 4.0, NVIDIA Keplar graphics, up to 768GB of flash storage, up to 32GB of RAM, Intel quad core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge Processors and up to a 3TB HD. On the back you have four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SD card slot and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The new iMac also employ what Apple is calling Fusion Drive. This is pretty much. Flash/HD Hybrid that gives the benefits of both in storage and performance. The 21.5 inch iMac configuration is a 2.7Ghz quad core i5, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GT 640M and a 1TB HD for $1299. This starts shipping in November. The 27 inch iMac configuration is a 2.9Ghz quad core i7, 8GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 660M and a 1TB HD for $1799. This starts shipping in December.