iMac 2012 storage options preceding release date

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 29, 2012

If you have been waiting for the 2012 iMac for many months and followed the rumors surrounding parts and other stories from China, then you’d be really happy after seeing the new iMac model for 2012 but might wonder when the exact release date would be? Currently the 21.5-inch new iMac is shipping at some point in November, and the 27-inch version is exactly what our office iMac will upgrade to and this won’t ship until some point in December.

Today we wanted to focus on the storage options for the 2012 iMac, but if you’d rather watch all the features explained from the event, then you can do so in the video below this article that runs for just under 10-minutes.

For us the new iMac has to be the most drastically changed product that had been revealed at the recent Apple event, and while the iPad mini became the most talked about product, it is still only a slight change as far as features are concerned. The new 2012 iMac has changed in just about every way, and for us it stole the show.

2012 iMac storage – you’ll find that the new iMac features 1TB hard drives on all models, although there’s plenty of room for custom configurations. Optional changes include the ability to add up to a 3TB drive on the 27-iMac, or you could go for the option we’ll be testing in the coming weeks, which is the Fusion Drive that includes up to 128GB of SSD with a normal hard drive.

You can see the speed difference for an Aperture photo import in the image above, which shows how slow a normal hard drive is when compared to SSD. The Fusion drive option might be a little slower but delivers the best of both worlds, which is thanks to Mac OS Mountain Lion and the OS using the drive configuration more intelligently. The image below explains just how the Fusion Drive works, and as Apple puts it will deliver “high performance” with “high capacity“.

Are you unhappy that the optical drive has been removed from the 2012 iMac, or are you happy paying for an external drive? It is worth pointing out that some fans are a little disappointed that the optical drive has been removed already, and while they expected it to happen at some point, it is too early for some Apple iMac users. You can see the evolution of the iMac in the image below, which shows the latest 2012 model at the end.

If you have already decided to upgrade to the new 2012 iMac, then make sure you order early as Apple’s CEO has already stated there will be iMac shortages for the next quarter. We’ll update PR readers when Apple reveal the exact release date for the different models. The image below shows you the different storage configurations you have available for both the new 21.5-inch and 27-inch models

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  • cmac45

    About storage: So I know an HDD will slow an iMac down over time, but it that
    decrease in speed permanent? Meaning, if I just reinstall the osx and
    reboot from a time machine backup, will my iMac be good as new? I’m just
    trying to make this next iMac purchase last as long as possible. Or
    should I just go SSD.

    • A Fresh clean install of OSX and associated programs regains said lost speed which is caused by several factors (although modern day OS’s handle them better) like fragmentation, additional add-ons to programs you never used (plug-ins or didn’t toolbars on your browser for instance) ect ect… going back to a TMachine backup of the ORIGINAL install will also work, but if you made a TM backup of last week it’s not really going to do much for you.

      The Slowdowns are not only a plague to traditional spinning disks, but they also do happen on SSD’s as a lot of the slow down comes as well from the extra background tasks/programs running that take up CPU cycles or Ram resources, albeit they are less pronounced on a SSD because fragmentation and read/write delays become a thing of the past.

      So in short, SSD or Hybrid all the way baby 🙂 You’ll never regret it, single largest speed improvement to make on a system with > than 8gigs ram.

  • Are you sure that the Fusion drive is available with up to 768GB Flash? The information I’ve seen so far is that it’s 128GB on the Fusion drive, or up to 768GB if you want Flash on its own. I’m a bit concerned at the moment; I wanted 768GB Flash and a separate 2-3TB HDD. A Fusion drive with 768GB Flash would be an acceptable compromise, but I’m not convinced I can have it.

    • Blake Horton

      The 768GB option is solely flash and not the Fusion drive which is the SSD/HDD combo. So your choices are either traditional HD, Fusion drive OR flash drive. Hope that helps.

      • Thanks. That’s what I understood to be the situation to be, but this article suggests otherwise.