Apple iMac Core i7 3.1 21.5-Inch (Late 2012)

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 i7 3.1 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Late 2012) features a 22 nm Quad Core 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 I7-3770S (Ivy Bridge) processor with four independent processor cores on one chip, an 8 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (not upgradeable), a 1 TB (5400 RPM) hard drive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. 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. The rear of the case is aluminum, is thicker in the middle, and tapers to razor thin 5 mm edges.

Connectivity includes dual Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Late 2012 iMac models have faster processors, faster architectures, faster RAM (not easily upgradeable), faster graphics, as well as different connectivity than the Mid-2011 iMac line.

3.1 GHz Core i7 (I7-3770S)
8 GB 16 GB
GeForce GT 650M GDDR5
Details: This model has a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor with 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
512 MB 512 MB
Details: This model has 512 MB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory.
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.
1 TB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit) 4.0
4 (3.0) None
SDXC SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Wireless Keyboard Magic Mouse/Trackpad
All-in-One 21.5″ iMac Late 2012
BTO/CTO Late 2012
A1418 (EMC 2544) iMac13,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1418 Model Number, the 2544 EMC Number, and the iMac13,1 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.8.2 (12C3104) Current
Original Price (US): $1699

Rating overview

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Total score
Good 4.7

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