Apple iMac Core i3 3.3 21.5-Inch (Early 2013)

An Attractive Option for Professionals and Casual Users Alike

The powerful iMac series of all-in-one desktop computers shines brightly in Apple’s lineup as yet another feat of versatility and performance. Arguably one of the most elegant, aesthetically pleasing desktops in existence, the iMac has since its genesis been an attractive option for professionals and casual users alike.

Available over the years in 17″, 20″, 24″, and more recently 21.5″ and 27″ display sizes, with screaming fast Intel processors, top-of-the-line consumer graphics options, and plenty of RAM and hard drive configurations, the iMac can be configured to excel at nearly any task.

From graphic design to programming, from video editing to writing, from business to photography, and — yes — even gaming! The iMac’s have more than enough display space that even the avid multitasker will feel at home, and its sheer speed and power won’t fail to please those engaged in intensive work or play. 

When the recent, tapered edge iMacs were released and Apple decided to forgo inclusion of an optical disk drive in further models, they also saw fit to make it significantly more difficult to upgrade the RAM and hard drive. However, this resulted in a far sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing case design.

Perfect for the home and the office, the iMac has seen heavy use in nearly every avenue of personal computing.

Stable, sleek, versatile — the iMac is yet another example of Apple’s transcendent, artfully engineered personal computers.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The iMac Core i3 3.3 21.5-Inch (Early 2013/Education Only) — originally available to educational institutions only– is powered by a Dual Core 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3 I3-3225 (Ivy Bridge) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and a 3 MB shared level 3 cache. It has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

It is configured with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (possibly upgradeable), and a 500 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive. It has a built-in FaceTime HD webcam and stereo speakers, but does not have an optical drive.

This model has a vibrant 21.5″ 1920×1080 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display with the cover glass fully laminated to the LCD and anti-reflective coating. Connectivity includes dual Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0.

This education-only model uses the same all aluminum design as the Late 2012 iMac models. It is thicker in the middle and tapers to razor thin 5 mm edges. Internally, this model has a slower processor, much slower graphics that share memory with the system, less RAM, and a smaller hard drive. It ships with the non-wireless Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad and a traditional Apple Mouse.

3.3 GHz Core i3 (I3-3225)
4 GB 16 GB
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
512 MB 768 MB
Details: Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, OS X reports 512 MB of RAM is used for video with the default 4 GB of RAM installed. With additional RAM installed, more RAM is reserved for graphics use.
21.5″ 16:9 Widescreen 1920×1080
Details: This model has a 21.5″ LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with IPS technology and a native resolution of 1920×1080. Apple also reports that the “cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied.” Previous Aluminum iMac models have the LCD covered by glass. The company no longer reports viewing angle or contrast ratio, however.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600 (x2)
Details: This model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560×1600 via Thunderbolt.
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
4 (3.0) None
SDXC SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Keyboard Mouse
All-in-One 21.5″ iMac Late 2012
ME699LL/A Early 2013 (Edu)
A1418 (EMC 2545) iMac13,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1418 Model Number, the 2545 EMC Number, and the iMac13,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.8.2 (12C2037) Current
Original Price (US): $1099

Rating overview

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Good 4.7

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