iMac economy class (October 2015)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015. When the online store went back to work, the visitors were expecting. First, it became clear that October press conference in 2015 will not. Second, the iMac lineup has changed radically. A completely new type 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display – but we’ll talk about it next time. Our main character today – 21.5-inch iMac “economy class”. Two configurations in the online store, 1 099 and 1 $ 299 (in the US, excluding taxes and fees). The most affordable desktop Mac, and is ready for operation immediately after unpacking.

Most likely, iMac’and that this class was the most popular Mac om the second half of 2015 – for most users, there were more than enough. Browsers traditionally scolded iMac and Apple for the awkward placement of the connectors for the fact that Apple does not follow the fashion and in “Apple” all-in-one is not supported by the touch interface. For the fact that the design of the iMac has not changed since 2012, for failure of modernisation, outdated processors (Intel Broadwell, the former the most modern in the beginning of 2015 in August, had become obsolete).

Apple declined to comment on the decision to use a 21.5-inch iMac 2015 Broadwell is Skylake. The Skylake processors from Apple with the required characteristics has not yet produced industrial circulation…

Most likely, Apple have negotiated special prices for Broadwell and Skylake all the benefits before Broadwell was for desktop computers less important.

This is a continuation of a series about the iMac on Intel, the previous parts are here:

The first part: the First Intel Mac – there are links to a series about the iMac G4 and iMac G5;
Second part: the Last “Behemoth” (eMac) and its Successor – there’s also links to a series about eMac;
Third part: Intel Core 2: and again the iMac to come…
The fourth part: Setbreak, or iMac Core 2 (IG)
Fifth part: iMac White, middle class.
Sixth part: 24-inch iMac, was it a special operation?
Seventh part: iMac aluminum not without extreme…;
Eighth part: the iMac becomes more powerful…;
Ninth part: iMac (Early 2009): the recession has affected Apple…;
Tenth: iMac (Mid 2009). the iMac is not for everyone…;
Eleventh part: Unibody iMac, remote control and mouse…;
The twelfth part: iMac (Late 2009) Core 2 processors, the younger model…;
Thirteenth part: iMac (Late 2009) Core i5/Core i7, overtaking Mac Pro;
The fourteenth part: More iMac’and for the same money. Apple 2010;
The fifteenth part: the Elite of the breed of iMac 2010;
The sixteenth part: the thunder and a home desktop computer…;
The seventeenth part: iMac (Mid 2011) – faster than a Mac Pro?;
Eighteenth part: the Last computer of the Steve jobs era;
The nineteenth part: iMac 21,5” (Late 2012): big iPad?;
Twentieth part: iMac 27” (Late 2012): now with Blu-ray;
Twenty-first part: iMac Core i3 March 2013;
Twenty-second part: iMac (21’5”, Late 2013) – speed bump, but not quite…;
Twenty-third part: the 27-inch iMac + Haswell + graphics for notebooks;
The twenty-fourth part: iMac (Mid 2014): it is not speed-bump;
Twenty-fifth part: iMac (Late 2014) with the screen 5K Retina;
Twenty sixth part: iMac (Mid 2015): adding to the family iMac Retina 5K.

Economy as a class

In both models the economy class processors Intel Broadwell, and integrated graphics from Intel. Processors differ in capacity and level of graphics.

Read the rest of the basic configuration were very similar.

The two basic configurations consisted of 8 Gigabytes of RAM PC3-14900 (1 867 MHz) LPDDR3. In the process of ordering the RAM size can be increased to 16 GB by paying $ 200. Upon completion, the RAM tightly vpisalis into the motherboard, and upgrade without having to replace it was absolutely impossible.

DMI 2, with a capacity of 5 Gigatransfer per second.

The role of the drive in both configurations performed a hard drive capacity of 1 Terabyte (with a rotor rotating speed of 5 400 rpm). The disc was inferior to the flash memory in read and write about, but my friends complained about it being slow, and was surprised to learn that with it something not so.

If the user realized after some time that this disc would cost to replace the Fusion (the extra $ 100) to fix the situation was impossible: if the instance is used only the hard drive, the connector for the flash memory was missing. For someone’s tragedy is someone witty penny savings.

In the process the hard disk can be replaced by a Fusion Drive or SSD, in this case, the upgrading became possible. The details, options and prices talk in the section about features of specific models (their ability in this sphere were not equal).

Screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 (103 ppi), IPS and anti-glare coating. Completely.

802.11 ac (supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.

On a 10-point scale of maintainability iFixit 21.5-inch iMac 2015 gained 1 point.

Economy-economy and a just economy

In the most cost-effective model for 1099 dollars, with model ID iMac16,1, used 2-core Intel Mobile Core i5 1.6 GHz (i5-5250U), with 3 MB cache third level and a maximum clock frequency of 2.7 GHz mode Turbo Boost 2.0.

Intel HD Graphics 6000, reserving for their needs 1.5 Gigabytes total RAM. The external monitor supports resolution up to 3840×2160. Someone even tried to play with this iMac’ohms, but the results were not very good.

In the Configurator you can order a Fusion Drive with 24 GB of flash memory and with the same drive capacity of 1 Terabyte. For a fee of $ 100. In addition, instead of disk you can just install the SSD in the 256 GB for $ 200.

In this case, the configuration added a connector for the SSD.

In the model, which I call the“just economy”, 1 $ 299, the model ID iMac16,2, used 4-core Intel Mobile Core i5 2.8 GHz (i5-5575R) with 4 MB cache third level and a maximum clock frequency of 3.3 GHz mode Turbo Boost 2.0.

Intel Iris Pro 6200, takes the total of computer memory 1.7 GB memory (eDRAM) with capacity of 128 Megabytes. To 4096х2304 pixels on an external monitor.

In the Configurator you can choose the Fusion Drive with the disk of 1 Terabyte (5 400 rpm) and 24 GB of flash memory ($100), or with a disk 2 Terabytes (5 400 rpm) and 128 GB of flash memory ($300) or just flash memory in volume of 256 GB, for $ 200.

The option Fusion Drive with disk of 1 TB and 24 GB flash memory I have tried for several months – it’s super.

Peripheral revolution

13 Oct 2015 revolutionary transformed Apple’s “magical device”. No marketing slogans and dancing. Quietly and with dignity. “The magic device” is Apple Magic Keyboard 2, Apple Magic Mouse 2 Apple Magic Trackpad 2. The division which is engaged in the periphery of the so-called Magic Devices Group (MDG).

First, these devices no longer needed the batteries. Inside each of them was now rechargeable Li-ion battery. Like in iPhone or in iPad. For even more similarities, they charged through the Lightning connection and USB port of the computer. According to official data, any of these devices could work at a “gas station” for a whole month – that was not true.

Secondly, all these devices have become lighter, thinner and more expensive. The keyboard has risen in price to $ 99 (69), the trackpad up to $ 129 (same with 69), mouse to 79 dollars (59).

Thirdly, when you connect the USB port of a computer is a magical device automatically snaps to it to make it used to be easy, but it has now become easier.

Klaviatura and trackpad:

Lightning connector, Apple Magic Mouse 2 was located in its lower part. Making it impossible to simultaneously use and charge. All that can discharge is always discharged in the most responsible moment – wrote criticism.

To fully charge the batteries, Apple Magic Mouse 2 required several hours, it’s true – but not all. Thanks to the rapid recharging, two minutes battery the magic mouse swallowed the charge is enough for 9 hours of work. That is, that all was well.

The trackpad is discharged faster, its charge is enough for three weeks. Mouse and keyboard Vice versa, without problems has worked two and a half or three months.


The keys on the keyboard became bigger, they move when pressed is shorter, but the “butterfly” used in MacBook 2015, it refused. I would put it a solid four plus.

Mouse support mnogopaltsevy gestures also changed, but not significantly. Those who are accustomed to use it the difference is not noticed.


Trackpad, of course, supported by Force Touch. He became larger, and were not inferior trekpadom “Apple” laptops. I liked the ability to turn on and off sound simulating the click.

Package all iMac Oct 2015 included Apple Magic Keyboard 2 and Mouse 2 Apple Magic. Paying the 50 dollars you could replace the mouse for the Magic Trackpad 2. In the online store can fulfill any whim for money of the client (you could buy all three at once).

In addition to the trackpad, all the magical devices of the second generation even worked with Mac AMI 2011, which was not supposed to do (required for Bluetooth 3.0 and above, iMac 2011 version of Cinetube was 2.1). If the computer has installed OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”.

The keyboard was working with iOS devices (with iOS 9 and above) and Apple TV (since tvOS 10).

The heart of all magic devices were processor from ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 clock frequency. Connection (Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR) provided BCM20733 chip from Broadcom.

To be continued

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