The New iMac Review


I got the new iMac for Christmas and let me tell you I love it! It’s so fast and thin and the screen is just amazing even though it isn’t retina and the Fusion drive just makes it a powerhouse. So let’s get started with the review shall we.

Design

IMG_2297

The Design of the iMac is wonderful. The iMac is so thin it is basically a MacBook air in a desktop. Yes at the back there is a little but of a push out but you won’t care and you won’t even see it. As you can see I have a SuperDrive connected to my iMac for the use of X-PLANE so I don’t need to buy the $30 USB stick and I don’t have a computer with a DVD drive anymore. Honestly though if this is your first Mac you won’t need it. Everything you need is now download only I just don’t want to pay the extra money to get iWork again so I have a disk drive. Back to the screen though it is amazing. I am running the 21.5 inch 1920 x 1080 and it is amazing. I love it really. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t retina display because it is so high deff you won’t care. The iMac doesn’t take very space and comes with the wireless keyboard and mouse so really you may only have one cord which is the power cord as you can do everything really wirelessly now.

Performance

The performance of the new iMac is insane. Especially with the Fusion Drive and 16GB of RAM. Everything flies! I knew the iMac would be fast but I never knew this fast! The iMac comes standard with 1TB Of disk space which can be upgraded to a 1TB fusion drive and 8 GB of RAM which can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM (21.5 inch). I honestly can’t explain how fast this is in words you need to go and use the computer for yourself.

Software

The New iMac comes with Apple’s latest and greatest OS X Mountain Lion. Instead of doing the full review of that I will let you read the full review here. 

Summary

IMG_2300

The 2012 iMac is the desktop computer for someone who wants things done fast and smoothly. The iMac delivers in speed and has a wonderful screen and beautiful design. The iMac gets rid of the extra cords you will see with other desktop computers and comes with it’s own wireless keyboard and magic mouse and or trackpad. The iMac may be a little more expensive than other desktop’s out there but the performance and operating system make up for it. Remember you can also run windows using bootcamp to take advantage of the old apps you may have that are windows only. Overall the new iMac is a very amazing computer and is a must have for anyone who wants a very powerful desktop.

How to follow Santa on your Mac or iOS Device

IMG_2232

Santa is coming about to deliver us all the Apple goodies for being good this year. Fortunately for us there are ways to track Santa’s flight around the world with your Mac or iPad/iPhone.

For iOS you can use the Google Earth app to track Santa. Simply swipe up and hit the Santa Icon and then Google Earth will follow santa on your iPhone or iPad!

Another option for you is to use the NORAD Santa app. Bringing you a Santa tracker and some games within the App as you watch Santa deliver presents around the world.

For your Mac all of this can be accessed through the web. All you need to do to track Santa using Google is go to this link. The website also has games.

You can also go to the NORAD Santa website and track him by following this link. Yes there is games here too.

Merry Christmas From Matthew Jagiela and Apples-Genius.

Google Earth for iOS

NORAD Santa for iOS

Google Web Tracker

NORAD Web Tracker

Apple: A Year In Review

2012 was a big year for Apple and us all. As the year of 2012 draws to a close I thought we should take a look back at what Apple did this year because there was a LOT. In 2013 I will post about what I hope Apple does in 2013. Lets get started

iPad With Retina Display (3/4)

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 5.42.06 PM

Apple surprised as all by releasing 2iPads this year. The iPad 3 was announced regularly around February with launch shortly after. The iPad 3 was the first iPad with a retina display, had a new A5x processor, and kept the same design as the iPad 2. However that would not be the only full sized iPad seen in 2012. We saw the iPad 4 come out with the iPad Mini on November 2nd. The iPad 4 featured a new A6x processor, and a new lightning connector as well. Some like myself were a little disappointed with this as I wish Apple waited to make a new design for the iPad as the iPad 2 design is getting old. However this was done to have a new iPad people could buy for the holidays and hopefully Apple is working on a new design for us to see next year! Read Our iPad 3 Review

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 might be the most hyped product of iOS. The iPhone 5 came and it is wonderful. A new A6 processor, LTE, 4 inch screen, and new design all contribute to the success it has. The iPhone 5 is an amazing phone the best phone I have ever had. The iPhone 5 was rumored to come out last year but instead a 4s was announced. However the iPhone 5 is here and it’s wonderful. Read our iPhone 5 review.

New iPods

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 5.42.59 PM

iPods seem to be a second thought for Apple now. The product that once defined the company seems to be lost as Apple focuses more on the iPhone. However the iPod line (except for the classic) got an upgrade this year. The new iPod touch got a 4 inch display along with the iPhone 5, a new design, colors, a 5 megapixel camera, and even a little strap for your wrist. The iPod nano got a redesigned body and a bigger screen. The shuffle got upgraded colors I think.

iPad Mini

Screen Shot 2012-10-25 at 11.05.14 AM

Ever sense Steve Jobs held up the first iPad on stage in all it’s glory there have been rumors for a smaller iPad. Steve stated that a smaller iPad would not be needed and users would not enjoy one in a conference call. That didn’t stop rumors from spreading madly through the internet. I too thought a smaller iPad would be pointless until they really announced it. Apple unveiled the iPad mini in October with an 8 inch display, thin design, Slate and Silver back, A5 processor, and even more. The iPad Mini came out with the iPad 4 on November 2nd and it is growing with consumers. It is a little bit of a better fit then the iPad. However there does need to be a better screen, however this is only the first generation and I have hopes for the future. Read the iPad Mini Review.

Retina Macbook Pro

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 5.44.52 PM

There is no denying the Retina Macbook pro is a gorgeous machine. The retina display makes anything else look low class. Not only does the Retina Macbook pro have a higher resolution screen it was the first MacBook pro to ditch the CD/DVD drive. The MacBook air had ditched this a long time ago and now the MacBook pro has joined. Everything really you want is downloadable on the developers website or the Mac App Store. Plus if you can’t live without one then well just buy the drive for $80. The MacBook pro also got an HDMI out connector and a much thinner design.

The New iMac

IMG_2065

I have the first Aluminum iMac from around early 2007 I want to say and I love it. I still use it for games and even this site from time to time so I am excited they sort of changed the design a little bit. The iMacs before were basically the same 2007 rendition just a little bit thinner with an SD card reader added to them which really nobody needs (I have one on my MacBook air and I haven’t even touched it). The new iMac is crazy thin. It’s somewhat incredible to think they can still fit the entire iMac into it. However thin does come with compromise. You will have to give up your CD/DVD drive but that’s not such a problem because again you can download everything. I like the new iMac a lot. I would defiantly recommend it for someone who wants a desktop computer though.

iOS 6

I am going to be completely honest. iOS 6 was a big disappointment and I think Apple knows it. Maps doesn’t bother me because well it get’s me where I need to. However there was too little. Passbook? Okay. Redesigned UI for some Apps? Ehhhhh boring. Panorama is cool. LTE Facetime? Should not be a major feature. Siri? Siri was with the 4S and still needs developer support. I hope Forestall getting fired means we will see change and soon. I have hopes for iOS 7.

So that was 2012 for you. Amazing products and more are to come in 2013. I will be posting getting started guides for iPads, iPhones, and Macs for Christmas in the following days. Happy Holidays!