Exploring Apple's iMac Computers

Apple is known for its user-friendly hardware and software. Coming into prominence in recent years on the merits of its iPhone, iPod, and iPad, many forget that Apple is also an industry giant in crafting beautiful laptop (MacBook) and desktop computers. A desktop synonymous with Apple's philosophy is their iMac line of computers.

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OS X

Apple's hardware shines through its incredible operating system. The current release, OS X, now in at version 10.11 known as "El Capitan," gives computer users everything they need to get the most from their machine. It offers phenomenal pre-installed software like GarageBand as well as the gamut of compatible options for download or purchase. Originally released on June 8, 2015, the most current update came on September 30.

Specs

The iMac is available in both a 21.5 inch and 27 inch model. The machines feature three processor options. That is: 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, and the 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. Memory is available in either 8 or 16 GB. Storage options include the default 1 TB 5400 rpm hard drive as well as a 1 or 2 TB Fusion Drive and a 256 GB or 512 GB flash drive. Two video cards are available, namely the Intel HD Graphics 6000 and the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200.

Features

The iMac is one of the most eco-friendly machines on the planet. Some of the environmentally conscious features include: display glass made without arsenic, an LED backlight made without Mercury, and a recyclable body made from aluminum. The machine is also free of BFR, PVC, and Beryllium.

Display

As mentioned above, the display is either 21.5 inches or 27 inches. The former is and LED-backlit screen with IPS technology and a resolution of 1920 by 1080. The latter is a Retina 4K screen also with IPS technology. The 4096 by 2304 resolution allows for millions of colors to be shown at once.

Best Desktops

When making a short list of the best desktops on the market, the iMac should be near the top. These machines are small and fully portable. There is no separate monitor and tower; everything is one solid device. Quality machinery, expert support, and some of the best software on the market all add up a winning combination for the consumer.