Apple 27-Inch iMac (Late 2013) Review, Haswell Inside

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The 27-inch iMac we received came with OS X 10.8.5, the latest version of Apple's Mountain Lion OS. Shortly after, however, Apple launched Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the tenth major release of OS X. It was made available immediately and at no cost, so that's what we ran with for this review.

As with previous version of OS X, Mavericks comes with several helpful applications and utilities, including GarageBand, iMovie, and more. In addition to making Mavericks free, Apple is also now giving away its iWork productivity suite consisting of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, the company's equivalent of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in Microsoft Office. These applications used to cost $10 a pop.

For fans of Apple's Safari browser, you'll be happy to know that Adobe's Flash Player is now sandboxed in Safari in Mavericks, thereby offering superior protection against malware and poorly coded Flash applications. By running in a sandbox, dirty Flash code is kept isolated from from the OS. Peleus Uhley, Platform Security Strategist for Adobe, had the following to say about Flash in being sandboxed in Safari:

"For the technically minded, this means that there is a specific com.macromedia.Flash file defining the security permissions for Flash Player when it runs within the sandboxed plugin process. As you might expect, Flash Player’s capabilities to read and write files will be limited to only those locations it needs to function properly. The sandbox also limits Flash Player’s local connections to device resources and inter-process communication (IPC) channels. Finally, the sandbox limits Flash Player’s networking privileges to prevent unnecessary connection capabilities.

Safari's showing up fashionably late to the party here, as sandboxing Flash is already available in all the other major browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox). Better late than never though, right?

Tabs are everywhere these days, even in the unlikeliest places, such as Finder. In Mavericks, Finder tabs are intended to declutter your desktop by allowing you to consolidate multiple Finder windows into one. It's the same general concept as tabbed browsing, only now it's been converted over to the desktop. For example, you might want to have separate tabs open for Applications, AirDrop, and All My Files. You can move files from tab to tab simply by dragging and dropping them.

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RicoFrost one year ago

I really don't like the mac os or the price tag for what you get, however it does look nice.

basroil one year ago

"Boot Camp allows you to run Windows without a perforance hit"

Maybe that would be true if the drivers weren't absolute garbage, but as it stands there's a pretty significant impact in performance, especially if you include energy performance.

Paul_lilly one year ago

Don't know where you're getting that information from, but it's just flat out wrong. There is no performance hit and the drivers are no different than any other Windows system -- Boot Camp creates a partition on which you directly install Windows. It's not a virtualized or otherwise emulated environment. Windows runs at full speed, just like on any other system.

SJobbs one year ago

Nice going to pit the iMac using an i5 against machines using i7 processors. You should have gotten a fully equipped i7 Mac with a maxed out build.

MikeCleverly one year ago

Error spotted!

On the "Windows 7 Bootcamp" benchmark page, the Screengrab for "Futuremark 3DMark11" says the score was: P 3 0 6 8, but the bargraph says the score was 3 6 0 8. The 6 and 0 were switched, giving the Imac an even bigger lead. Schoolboy error! :P

Dave_HH one year ago

Error noted and corrected. No need for the insults. It's called a typo and pros, as well as schoolboys make them. By the way, it's iMac, not "Imac." :P

MikeCleverly one year ago

Sorry Dave, that wasn't meant to be taken as an insult. On the Imac thing, I do it deliberately, I don't like Apple's misuse of capitalisation ;)

Dave_HH one year ago

Hold-up, "schoolboy error!" was not meant to be an insult? I wonder. Is it proper to hyphenate the words "passive-aggressive"?

GemmaTodd one year ago

Screen looks beautiful. Looking forward to new res, will help alot.
Brother just wondering whether to upgrade, but screen not turning on. Looked at this site, anyone else had similar issues with these newer iMacs?
still looking forward to get a new one myself. 

Ricofrost 3 months ago

Still for that price I could build a monster gaming PC. Like i said it just looks nice if you want to have a minimal looks and lets face it that's why people buy it.

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