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Featuring a stunning design, brilliant display with reduced reflection, faster processors and an innovative new storage option called Fusion Drive, the new Apple iMac is the most advanced desktop Apple has ever made. The 21.5-inch iMac and the 27-inch iMac will be available for order through the WebAntics Online Store and will begin shipping towards the end of January 2013.
iMac 2012: Size and build
The biggest feat of engineering change rests with the incredibly svelte display, which measures 5mm at its thinnest edge. Used in high-performance engineering, Apple has employed ‘Friction-stir welding’ to create the super-thin, single piece of aluminium that surrounds the LCD screen. However, while Apple claims that 40% of volume has been shaved off from the previous generation, the footprint depth of the whole unit is 6.9-inches – half an inch less than that of the iMac 2011.
iMac 2012: Screen
Those with narrow desks might find that the 21.5-inch LED-backlit screen is pressing up against their face, which is apt considering that Apple has actually brought the (non-Retina) 1920×1080 res, IPS LCD, 2mm closer to your nose.
Slap a new coat of anti-reflective ‘plasma deposition’ tech on the cover glass and you’ve got the most glare-free display we’ve ever seen on a desktop. Colours are full and vivid, blacks are full. It’s a real showcase piece.
iMac 2012: Performance
Despite the trimming, Apple has managed to up the performance. Supplied with OS X Mountain Lion, one of the models on offer has a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor at its centre with 8Gb of 1600GHz DDR memory, a 1TB Fusion Drive (more on that below) and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics chip. Resource-hungry software, graphically demanding tasks and polygon-shifting games all motored along without a glitch.
It’s not revolutionary (similar technology appears elsewhere), but it’s more proof that Macs continue to compete with PCs on any level. However, something had to give and, for the first time in the iMac’s 15-year history, there’s no optical drive.
For some, this will be a necessity and a sour point. For others, they won’t be able to remember the last time they put a CD or DVD into a computer. Apple clearly wants you to ditch physical media, but still offers its USB SuperDrive (R899.00) and still supports Remote Disc.
iMac 2012: FusionDrive
Combining HDD and SDD drives to perform power-specific tasks isn’t anything new but, in typical Apple fashion, the fiddly management is taken out of your hands. To put it plainly, the 1TB Fusion Drive is, essentially, a partition that uses SSD for things like loading apps quickly and accessing frequent files, while the HDD stores archive material and less-used software.
The clever part is how, depending on what you do and use, the Fusion drive will continually fine-tune its operation to give you the fastest computing experience possible. It sounds like a fragmentation nightmare, but seems to work a treat. Oh, and it only works with Mountain Lion.
iMac 2012: Connections
Connectivity wise, the iMac is bestowed with four USB 3, two Thunderbolt, SD, Ethernet and headphone sockets. All of which are located at the back. There’s no FireWire but new dual-array mics for improved background noise elimination – effective in Face Time and Skype calls – and down-firing speakers, which impressed us in terms of high/mid clarity, if not a little bass flat.
iMac 2012: Verdict
The iMac 2012 is superbly crafted, highly-capable and with a screen to die for. Owners of 6th-gen iMacs need not apply, nor do PC fans that equate power to price. But, for anyone requiring the best-looking desktop on the market, which is also highly capable, meet your new best friend.
iMac 2012 release date: Available to pre-order now in South Africa from WebAntics Online
Have you ever attempted to show a group of friends an awesome video on your iPhone or iPad, and then had to pass your device around so that everyone can watch it back with a decent view? With the Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD, you can project your latest home recording onto any white background so that all of your friends — heck, even your whole street! — can get a good view first time around.
What makes the MegaPlex great for iOS (formerly iPhone OS) users is its built-in dock that features a 30-pin connector compatible with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. That means all you have to do is stick your device inside and hit play. But it’s not just for iOS devices; it’ll also play nicely with your computer, games console, Blu-ray player, and many other smartphones and tablets. Read the rest of this entry »
WebAntics Online has announced the immediate availability of FlexiView, the adjustable iPad stand from Cygnett.
Handing users complete control, the elegantly designed yet simple FlexiView allows iPad users to place their device in three discrete positions depending on how they wish to use it — without needing to remove their iPad from its case. Though each level provides the same stable support, all three positions offer a different viewing angle, which means users can completely customise their iPad experience.
The iPod nano has been completed redesigned with Multi-Touch – the same technology that makes iPhone, iPad and iPod touch so amazing. Now the iPod nano is half the size of the previous version and even easier to play. And everything you want to hear is just a tap or swipe away!.
To enter, all you have to do is visit the WebAntics Online Fanpage, ‘LIKE’ the page and then ‘LIKE’ the colour of the iPod nano that you think is the best of the lot! It is as easy as that. The colour iPod nano that is the most popular (receives the most likes) will be the prize at the end of the competition and one of the people who LIKED the same colour will go into the draw to win the fabulous prize.
So go ahead and enter and share it with your friends so they also get a chance to win!
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SwitchEasy delivers its second case for the Apple iPad with the all new SwitchEasy RibCage™. The face has a bone-like design modeled after a ribcage that features an ultra tough overall protection for your iPad. It is manufactured from extremely long-lasting faux-leather that features a unique design. The back has a perfect fit Elasto-PU to make sure that your iPad is safe and sound inside the wonderfully designed sleeve.
The interior is a firm plastic frame and the bone like construction copied from the SwitchEasy Capsule Rebel M’s blueprint is also meant to shield your device from bumps, dings, drops and direct front hits as it absorbs the shock for the utmost protection for your screen.
It is available in black and white colours and with the SwitchEasy famous line of “everything but the kitchen sink” you will get the SwitchEasy RibCage™ protective sleeve along with two impressive portable fold-out stands (one white and one black) that suits your viewing pleasure, one anti-static screen guard for your iPad screen, one Microfiber cloth and a squeegee card for easy application of the anti-static screen guard.
You can buy SwitchEasy RibCage™ on the WebAntics Online shopping website for R429.00 inclusive of Vat.