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Apple iMac MC812LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (OLD VERSION)

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  • Intel Core i5 Processor 2.7GHz
  • 1TB Hard Drive
  • 21.5-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6770M
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
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Product Description

Product Description

Introducing the new iMac. The ultimate all-in-one goes all out. The new iMac features next-generation quad-core processors and the fastest graphics ever in an all-in-one computer. It also brings Thunderbolt I/O technology to the desktop for lightning-fast data transfer. And a new FaceTime HD camera lets you make full-screen HD video calls.* All from a beautiful widescreen LED-backlit display that takes up just a sliver of your desk. It’s everything you want in a desktop. Now more powerful, more advanced, and even more incredible than before. *FaceTime requires a FaceTime-enabled iOS device with a Wi-Fi connection or a FaceTime-enabled Mac with an Internet connection and FaceTime for Mac software (may require separate purchase). Not available in all areas.


The Ultimate All-in-One Goes All Out.

21.5-inch Apple iMac
The 21.5-inch iMac features a brilliant LED-backlit, edge-to-edge glass display (see larger image).

The new iMac features next-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processors and the fastest graphics ever in an all-in-one computer. It also brings Thunderbolt I/O technology to the desktop for lightning-fast data transfer. And a new FaceTime HD camera lets you make full-screen HD video calls. All from a beautiful, widescreen 21.5-inch LED-backlit display that takes up just a sliver of your desk. It's everything you want in a desktop. Now more powerful, more advanced, and even more incredible than before.

The iMac's display offers a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution (for native 1080p high-definition viewing), and it uses IPS technology to deliver consistent color across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle. This 21.5-inch model (MC812LL/A) offers improved graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics featuring 512 MB of GDDR5 memory, a 1 TB hard drive, and 4 GB of installed RAM. Other features include integrated Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth connectivity, an SD card slot (compatible with SDHC and SDXC cards), one Thunderbolt port, a FireWire 800 port, and a total of four USB 2.0 ports (see full specifications below).

Free Upgrade to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

If this iMac comes pre-installed with OS X 10.7 Lion, it is eligible to a free upgrade to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. When Mountain Lion becomes available in July, Apple's Up-To-Date program page for details on how to request your copy of Mountain Lion.

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available to all customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 11, 2012 and the date when Mountain Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from the OS X Mountain Lion release date to make a request.

Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center, and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

Key Features

Next-Generation Dual-Core Intel Processor

This iMac is powered by a second-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor (dubbed "Sandy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the latest Core i5 increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload.

Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. And you'll enjoy a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual experience with no additional hardware. The "Sandy Bridge" Core i5 processor also provides faster access to the installed RAM, with an integrated memory controller to connect fast 1333 MHz memory directly to the processor.

Rear of 21.5-inch iMac
The iMac's seamless aluminum enclosure and full range of ports, including one Thunderbolt port (see larger image).
Revolutionary Thunderbolt Technology

Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O (input/output) technology delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions. Built into the iMac, the Thunderbolt port allows you to connect to new Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals as well as existing USB and FireWire peripherals using simple adapters. You'll be able to move data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800, and you can daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays.

Bright, Colorful Display

This 21.5-inch, all-in-one Apple iMac features an edge-to-edge glass display that utilizes LED backlighting for improved brightness and energy efficiency as well as In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology, which delivers consistent color across a wide 178-degree viewing angle.

Clutter-Free Desktop

You'll be able to cut the cord with the included Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, both of which connect to the iMac using Bluetooth wireless technology. Additionally, the Magic Mouse features a seamless Multi-Touch surface that enables you to use the same intuitive gestures used on the MacBook trackpad to easily scroll through long documents or swipe to move forward or backward through a collection of web pages or photos. And it can be configured as either a single- or two-button mouse.

And with the FaceTime HD camera placed above the display in the iMac's thin aluminum and glass design, you'll be able to make video calls in HD 720p resolution to friends and family on another iMac or MacBook. Additionally, you'll be able to connect to those using an iPad 2, iPhone 4, or iPod touch.

Key Specifications

  • 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with IPS technology, a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle (horizontal and vertical). Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display.
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor ("Sandy Bridge") with 6 MB shared L3 cache for excellent multitasking.
  • 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM)
  • 4 GB installed RAM (1333 MHz DDR3; supports up to 16 GB)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor (with 512 MB of DDR5 SDRAM discrete video memory) for high performance when playing 3D games, editing HD video, or running design software.
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/
  • Built-in FaceTime camera for video chatting (up to HD 720p resolution when connecting to other Macs)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice and cell phones
  • Side-loading SDXC card slot
  • Four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port
  • One Thunderbolt port
  • Mini DisplayPort video output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately).
  • Built-in stereo speakers with two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers along with built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
  • Dimensions: 20.8 x 7.42 x 17.75 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 20.5 pounds

What's in the Box

iMac, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, cleaning cloth, power cord, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation

Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse is unlike any other mouse you've ever used. The Multi-Touch surface lets you use gestures to swipe through photos and scroll down web pages. And the entire mouse is the button, so you can click anywhere.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard
The sleek aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard lets you type in front of your computer, on your lap, or anywhere within range. It's also incredibly thin and streamlined, so it sits on your desk surrounded by nothing but glorious space.

Limited Warranty And Service

The iMac comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a 1-year limited warranty, which can be extended to 3 years with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Installed software

Mac OS X Lion is an even more powerful and refined version of the world's most advanced operating system. In ways big and small, it gets faster, more reliable, and easier to use. New core technologies unleash the power of today's advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation.

  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, and more)

iLife helps you do more with photos, movies, and music than you ever thought possible. In iPhoto, you can browse, edit, and share your photos in stunning new full-screen views. Create epic Hollywood-style movie trailers from your home video in iMovie. And GarageBand gives you everything you need to make a great-sounding song--including tools for keeping your song in perfect rhythm and guitar and piano lessons.

  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD)
AppleCare Protection Plan

AppleCare Protection Plan

Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, the Mac is a truly integrated system. And only the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call. Extend the complimentary service and support on your Mac to 3 years from the original Mac purchase date with the AppleCare Protection Plan. You get direct telephone access to Apple experts for technical questions, and you get global repair coverage--including both parts and labor--for your Mac and select Apple peripherals.

Optional Accessories and Related Products

Time Capsule

Time Capsule
Back up a lifetime's worth of memories with Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X. It's also a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station with simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 1 TB and 2 TB models.

AirPort Extreme Base Station

AirPort Extreme Base Station
Speed, range, and easy setup make AirPort Extreme the perfect wireless solution for home, school, and small business. It offers simultaneous dual-band support and lets up to 50 people share Internet access, a wireless network, a hard drive, and a printer.

Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple Magic Trackpad
Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer, and it supports a full set of gestures. Click, scroll, swipe, and rotate to control what's onscreen. Use it along with your mouse or as an alternative to one.

Apple Battery Charger

Apple Battery Charger
The Apple Battery Charger comes with a high-performance, power-efficient charger and six ready-to-use AA NiMH batteries that are exceptional at holding a charge and can last for up to 10 years.

Product Information

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Screen Size21.50 inches
Screen Resolution2560 x 1440
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive1 TB
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6770M
Chipset BrandAMD
Graphics Card Ram Size512 MB
Wireless Type802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand NameApple
Item model numberMC812LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X 10.7 Lion
Item Weight27.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H22.20 x 9.30 x 25.50 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD SuperDrive
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Additional Information
Shipping Weight28.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableMay 3, 2011
Warranty & Support
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A. Kilgore on July 29, 2011
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My old PC was over 4 years old and just not keeping up any more. I didn't consider getting a Mac until I'd kicked around the idea of learning iOS programming which requires OSX. After looking at the prices of these computers I balked, I could build a bleeding edge "Hackintosh" for what they were asking and still have money left over! A little research into installing OSX onto a non-Apple machine nipped that in the bud, it seems more headache than it's worth. So I sucked it up and bought an iMac and wow am I glad I did. The specs may not be top of the line, but everything else about this computer is!

First, the hardware. The screen is the most obviously amazing thing here, it makes the very nice Viewsonic monitors on my Windows box look washed out and blurry in comparison. Colors are vibrant, text is crisp, pixels are nearly invisible. If you're deciding between this and the larger iMacs, the 21" looks huge on my desk and I can't imagine how monstrous the 27" would be! Processing power is also stellar, it's been able to take everything I've thrown at it so far whether it's games or video stuff or anything else. The Magic Mouse is an unexpected surprise, I never thought I'd be impressed by a mouse but this little thing is extremely cool - gestures and scrolling without wheels and buttons hasn't gotten old yet.

The software is excellent as well. I've been a Windows guy as long as I've been a computer user and I took to OSX immediately, as though I'd been an old pro. It's a cliche with Apple stuff but really - It Just Works. It is rock solid too, despite my blind Mac-newbie messing around I've only gotten it to crash once and it was totally my fault.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DapperDave on January 8, 2012
I have been a life long Windows guy. I love Windows, even to this day. I was plopped in front of a computer when I was about 5 years old the first time, and the computer that I was sat in front of was a Windows machine. Now, 23 years later, I can say I've honestly spent my whole life using Windows machines, and loving them. I even have a Windows 7 machine that I'm still really into, because Windows 7 is just a phenomonal OS, and in my opinion Microsofts best version of Windows yet.
I honestly never had the need to even consider buying an Apple computer, especially with the extremely high price tag and the elitist attitude that "Mac people" exude. I just figured it was all hype and people needing a way to be different, and feel special. But then I started trouble shooting computers on a daily basis. Mostly Windows machines, honestly, and I just got tired of dealing with them, and the issues they had. I came to realize that Windows machines have a learning curve for most people, and if a person hasn't really been taught to do things the right way on a Windows machine, they were going to have a whole host of problems. They are so many things you have to watch out for, and most people simply don't have the skill to do basic fixes on computers because, hey, if you have an IT department, they can fix it. To be honest, I feel that way about cars. I can do the most basic things, like change my tires and oil, spark plugs and the most basic things. I know NOTHING about what goes on under the hood, and I don't care to. I'll pay the guy who knows what to do, and who will do it the right way. And I feel that way with my home computers. I'm not going to troubleshoot computers all day long just to find out that I have something to fix at home.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A. Ellinor on June 3, 2011
This iMac takes up minimal desk space, has absolutely no wires (except power), yet still has really rocking specs. I setup Boot Camp, so that I can dual-boot to either Windows or MacOS (because I need to be able to run some Windows-specific software for work). Running Windows on this machine is like watching a non-HD channel on an HD TV, though...as soon as I boot to Windows, I look forward to booting back to MacOS. MacOS has the stability of Unix/Linux, but with a GUI that's more crisp and fresh than Windows.

The hardware is an excellent product. They do make a 27" model, too, which seems better, at least on paper. But that big of a screen on my desk would look ridiculous. This 21" looks a little large on my desk, but the look works, because the iMac's appearance is so simple and clean.

This is the first Apple computer that I have ever owned (or used), and now that I own one, I can't think of a single reason that I would want to own any other computer (except to save money, obviously). If you want a better "bang-for-your-buck", go buy a Dell or an HP, because they have dozens of cheap PCs under $1000. But if you want something that you're really proud of and look forward to using everyday, then go buy this iMac.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Post on September 22, 2011
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I replaced a self built computer with the iMAC and I love the iMAC. It is fast, no hassle of virus scanning, etc. I loaded a new copy of Parallels so I can get a good version of Quicken working with Lion and get acceptable versions of tax software to work (yes I still have Windows 7 working on the MAC, but only for few applications).

MAC once you get used to it has no equal in simplicity, lack of issues, and ease of use. I make my income from PC's, but in my personal life have chosen MAC for myself and my family. I fix and support Windows issues at work and have no desire anymore to do so at home.
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