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Apple iMac "Core i3" 3.3 21.5-Inch (Early 2013) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2013 (Edu) - ME699LL/A - iMac13,1 - A1418 - 2545

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Apple iMac Intel AluminumQuietly introduced without a press release, the iMac "Core i3" 3.3 21.5-Inch (Early 2013/Education Only) -- which originally only was available for sale to educational institutions -- is powered by a Dual Core 3.3 GHz Intel "Core i3" I3-3225 (Ivy Bridge) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and a 3 MB shared level 3 cache. It has an "integrated" Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.

By default, it is configured with 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (which is not intended to be upgraded after purchase, although it is possible), and a 500 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive. It also has a built-in "FaceTime HD" webcam and stereo speakers, but lacks an optical drive.

This model has a 21.5" 1920x1080 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display with the "cover glass fully laminated to the LCD and anti-reflective coating" and connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, dual Thunderbolt ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Externally, this education-only model uses the same all aluminum design as the "Late 2012" iMac models, and likewise is thicker in the middle and tapers to a razor thin 5 mm at the edges. Internally, however, this model has a slower processor, much slower graphics that share memory with the system, less RAM, and a smaller hard drive. It also ships with the non-wireless Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad and a traditional Apple Mouse (rather than the Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad).

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March 5, 2013 June 18, 2014
Details: The "Introduction Date" typically refers to the date a model was introduced via press release although no press release was issued for this model. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2013.
1 (2 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
7588 8262
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the iMac13,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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2478 5281
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac13,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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2708 5911
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the iMac13,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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3.3 GHz Core i3 (I3-3225)
Details: This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Core i3 (3225) "Ivy Bridge" processor with dual cores (two independent processor cores on a single silicon chip, each with two threads). Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache and both processor cores share a single 3 MB level 3 cache. It does not support Turbo Boost -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload."
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
LGA 1155 (Socket H2)* Integrated
Details: *Officially, Apple provides no information about whether or not the processor in this model can be upgraded and the company does not intend for one to upgrade the processor either. However, the processor is mounted on a LGA 1155 socket and can be physically upgraded.

Also see: Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the "Tapered Edge" Aluminum iMac models?
5 GT/s* 3.3 GHz (Built-in)
Details: *This system has a "Direct Media Interface" (DMI) that "connects between the processor and chipset" in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k 256k (x2), 3 MB
Details: Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 3 MB of shared level 3 cache.
PC3-12800 DDR3* 1600 MHz
Details: *By default, this system has 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM. Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the RAM in this system. However, as first discovered by site sponsor OWC, this system has two SO-DIMM slots (204-pin). Unfortunately, accessing these slots requires one to pry off the display that is glued to the case and remove the logic board.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Early 2013" Tapered Edge Aluminum iMac models? Is it even possible? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM does each model actually support?
4 GB 16 GB*
Details: *4 GB of RAM is standard and it can be upgraded at the time of purchase to 8 GB or 16 GB at additional cost. Although Apple does not intend for one to upgrade the RAM after purchase, and doing so is difficult, it is possible.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 2*
Details: *There are two RAM slots, but access is difficult.
HD Graphics 4000 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
512 MB* 768 MB*
Details: *Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, OS X reports 512 MB of RAM is used for video with the default 4 GB of RAM installed. With additional RAM installed, more RAM is reserved for graphics use.
21.5" 16:9 Widescreen 1920x1080
Details: This model has a 21.5" LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix display with IPS technology and a native resolution of 1920x1080. Apple also reports that the "cover glass is fully laminated to the LCD and an anti-reflective coating is applied." Previous Aluminum iMac models have the LCD covered by glass. The company no longer reports viewing angle or contrast ratio, however.
Dual/Mirroring* 2560x1600 (x2)
Details: *This model can simultaneously support two external displays up to 2560x1600 via Thunderbolt.
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
Details: Other storage options also were available, including the "Fusion Drive" at additional cost. The Fusion Drive combines a traditional hard drive with 128 GB of flash RAM to offer both significant storage capacity and enhanced performance.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Tapered Edge" Aluminum iMac models? What type of storage do they support? Is it even possible to upgrade these models?

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None* None
Details: *This iMac does not have an internal optical drive. Site sponsor PowerMax offers the external Apple USB SuperDrive for US$79. It writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL at 4X, DVD-R and DVD+R at 8X, DVD-RW at 6X, DVD+RW at 8X, reads DVD at 8X, writes CD-R at 24X, writes CD-RW at 16X, and reads CD at 24X.

Site sponsor Other World Computing also has a variety of compact external optical drive options that may be of interest, including some with Blu-ray capability.

Also see: What are the full capabilities of the external SuperDrive? Can it be used with other Macs?
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
Details: AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
4 (3.0) None
Details: Four USB 3.0 ports. No Firewire port.
SDXC SD Card None
Details: N/A
Apple Keyboard Mouse
Details: This model ships with an "Apple keyboard with numeric keypad" and a traditional Apple mouse (rather than wireless models).
All-in-One 21.5" iMac Late 2012
Details: This Aluminum iMac model uses a case design with a glass front laminated directly to the LCD and an aluminum back that is thicker in the middle and tapers to a razor thin 5 mm edge. The entire device sits upon an aluminum "foot" that is 6.9 inches (17.5 cm) deep.
ME699LL/A Early 2013 (Edu)
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1418 (EMC 2545) iMac13,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1418 Model Number, the 2545 EMC Number, and the iMac13,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
X 10.8.2 (12C2037) Current
Details: This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks."
7 (64-Bit)* 8 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 5 formally supports the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
None Boot/Virtualization
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17.7 x 20.8 x 6.9 12.5 lbs. (5.68 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (45.0 cm, 52.8 cm, 17.5 cm).
US$1099 US$900-US$1000
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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2 (Thunderbolt) None
Details: This model is equipped with two Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
None None
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None None
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4 (3.0) None
Details: Four USB 3.0 ports. No Firewire port.
None 1 (RJ-45)
Details: No internal modem. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
None None
Details: N/A
2 (Built-in) 1
Details: Single "headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)."
1 1
Details: Single "headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)" also supports the Apple iPhone headset with microphone.
1 None
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: 100V-240V, Apple does not specify maximum wattage.



Global original prices for the iMac "Core i3" 3.3 21.5-Inch (Early 2013) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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