New CPUs, faster Wi-Fi, same flaws: Apple’s 2013 iMac reviewed [feedly]

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New CPUs, faster Wi-Fi, same flaws: Apple's 2013 iMac reviewed
Meet Apple's 2013 iMac. It's a whole lot like Apple's 2012 iMac.
Andrew Cunningham
Specs at a glance: 21.5-inch 2013 iMac
Screen 1920x1080 21.5" IPS display (102 ppi)
OS Mac OS X 10.8.5
CPU 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-4570R (Turbo Boost 3.2GHz)
RAM 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (upgradeable, but not user-accessible)
GPU Intel Iris Pro 5200
Storage 1TB 5400RPM hard drive
Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, gigabit Ethernet
Ports 4x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, headphone jack, SD card slot
Size 17.7 x 20.8 x 6.9 inches (45.0 x 52.8 x 17.5 cm)
Weight 12.5 lbs (5.68 kg)
Starting price $1299
Other perks 720p FaceTime HD camera, dual noise-canceling mics, ambient light sensor, Kensington lock slot

More than a year and a half passed between the introduction of Apple's 2011-model iMacs and the refresh that replaced them late last year, but the changes you got for waiting were reasonably substantial. The computer got much thinner, lost a few pounds, and ran much cooler and quieter than previous models, and it also got a decent internal upgrade courtesy of new Ivy Bridge CPUs from Intel and dedicated Nvidia GPUs.

Less than a year passed between the introduction of the 2012 iMacs and this year's quiet refresh, and the changes are accordingly much smaller. The 2013 iMac's new changes are all internal—slightly upgraded CPUs and GPUs, a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, and a switch from SATA to PCI Express solid-state drives round out a refresh that makes absolutely no external changes to last year's chassis. If you were waiting for a Retina iMac to be released this year, your best bet is to keep on hoping.

Still, we've got the $1,299 base model in for testing. And if you didn't buy a 2012 model, is there any one upgrade that will encourage you to buy a 2013 model instead, or should you be waiting for a more drastic upgrade?

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