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The best Apple desktops are Macintosh series of personal computers, popular known as Mac's, are being manufactured by Apple for homes, and educational and professional markets. Apple currently produces three models: Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro for compact, consumer and professional desktops respectively. Apple desktops work on Mac OS X.

Mac Mini:

Compact desktop usage got by using a Mac Mini, which is an entry level desktop computer model that comes without a display, a keyboard or a mouse. A Mac Mini uses components that are used in laptops which accounts for the smaller size. Apple markets Mac Mini with the phrase "buy your own display, keyboard, monitor (BYODKM)". This means you could connect your own desktop monitor to work with Mac Mini (compatible with almost any display with HDMI port). Supporting the flexibility to use your own hardware, such as monitor, Mac Mini's are designed for those who need to work on the desired Mac OS X operating system.

Mac Mini works on OS X Mountain Lion and uses the Intel Core i5 or the Intel Core i7 processor and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 internal memory. You have an option to choose Mac Mini with either a 500GB or 1TB hard disk drive or a 128GB Fusion Drive* (only with quad core Mac Mini's). Instead of 500GB or 1TB HDD, you could also opt for a flash storage up to 256 GB.

iMac:

iMac's are all-in-one desktop models working on OS X Mountain Lion, aimed at consumer markets. iMac comes in two models of display sizes: 21.5" and 27" and these models work on entirely wireless hardware like keyboard and mouse; the mouse operates on intuitive multi-touch gestures. The latest iMac's have thinner 5 mm display screens with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and these screens provide the best viewing experience, as they are 75% less reflective. iMac's are well capable of handling high end games and videos using Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 600 series graphic cards.

Apple's iMacs provide you 1TB hard disk drive storage(expandable up to 3TB) and have 8GB of internal memory (expandable up to 16GB). iMacs also support Fusion Drive and up to 768GB of flash storage.

Mac Pro:

Mac Pro is a professional workstation desktop which works on OS X Server using Intel Xeon processors having 4, 6 or 12 cores, used for fast and powerful performance.

*Fusion Drive is a technology developed by Apple for faster accessing of files from the data storage memory, which combines the hard drive and flash storage memory.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop


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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013)
Apple iMac (2012)
Apple Mac Mini (2012)
Apple Mac Mini (2011)
Apple iMac 2011
Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop
Apple iMac MD093LL/A  21.5-Inch Desktop
Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop
Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A
Apple iMac MC309LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
Jun 2011
May 2011
Display
27-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
21.5in LED Backlit Widescreen TFT
21.5in LED-backlit display
Form Factor
All-in-one
All-in-one
Small Form Factor
Small Form Factor
All-in-one
HDD Size
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
500.0 GB
500.0 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8GB 1600Hz DDR3 RAM
4 GB DDR3
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
4.0 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Operating System
OS X Mountain Lion
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (64-bit)
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple Mac OS X Lion
Apple MacOS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Processor
Intel Core i5
2.9GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz
Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
Recommended Use
Business
Business, Home Use
Home Use, Small Business
Home Use, Small Business
Business, Home Use

  • Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.


  • Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics bump the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) back to the top spot on our high-end all-in-one desktop list.

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    You'll buy the iMac for its beautiful display and robust performance, not the thickness of the bezel.


  • Apple sticks to the fundamentals with the new iMac, relying on design, strong features, and overall polish to maintain its leadership among high-end all-in-ones.


  • Slimmer and faster, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) is the desktop PC to buy if you're looking to avoid the whole touch-screen conundrum. The new iMac upgrades components, looks great, and has the power to do real work in a business or at home.


  • It goes without saying that there are numerous Windows PCs that can provide comparable performance at a lower price. However, few of them - nay, none - can match the build quality or the luxurious 27in screen of the iMac. That screen is ideal for graphics and video work and will appeal to home users and professionals alike. Yes, it's expensive, and it lacks features such as a solid-state drive that perhaps ought to be standard.


  • With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.


  • The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation set by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don't want to be confined to the glossy 21.5- or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a capable system for most tasks. The quad-core Core i7 processor and the larger storage capacity make the £679-799 Mac mini more attractive - plus you £200.


  • This model is expensive, but generally the Mini is pretty sound.


  • Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific niche-case, or for those who value design over functionality for the dollar.


  • If you're cool on Macs, the mini will start to warm you to them, but for those already tempted, we heartily recommend it. If the PC user is a Neanderthal and the Mac user the evolved sophisticate, the Switcher Man, hovering between them, is the missing link and the Mac mini will be his weapon of choice.


  • A beautiful, fast and future-proof system, but one that comes with a hefty price tag.


  • Apple sticks to the fundamentals with the new iMac, relying on design, strong features, and overall polish to maintain its leadership among high-end all-in-ones.


  • Slimmer and faster, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Late 2012) is the desktop PC to buy if you're looking to avoid the whole touch-screen conundrum. The new iMac upgrades components, looks great, and has the power to do real work in a business or at home.


  • Apple has gone the route of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", keeping the beautiful chassis of earlier iMac models in this latest refresh. The addition of Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' internals combines with Thunderbolt connectivity and niceties like an HD webcam to bring these stylish all-in-ones to the cutting edge, finally catching up to high-end Windows equivalents while retaining the killer look that keeps it ahead of the crowd.