We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths. And widths.
Sit down in front of an iMac and something incredible happens: the world around you seems to disappear, and you lose yourself in the big, beautiful display. To create an experience this immersive, we pushed every limit, considered every detail and advanced iMac in astonishing ways.
The ultimate all-in-one.
Honed to the cutting edge.
The first iMac was a revolution: an all-in-one computer that put everything — display, processor, graphics, storage, memory and more — inside one simple, stylish enclosure. Today, iMac includes a brilliant desktop display, and it’s filled with the latest high-performance technologies. Yet it’s just 5 millimetres thin at its edge.
One of the biggest challenges our engineers faced with the iMac design was how to join the front to the back. The enclosure is so thin, it’s not possible to weld the pieces using traditional methods. So we searched far and wide for other ideas, and we found one in a process called friction-stir welding. It’s commonly used on aeroplane wings, rocket booster tanks and other parts that simply can’t fail. This process uses a combination of intense friction-generated heat and pressure to intermix the molecules of the two aluminium surfaces — creating a seamless, precise and remarkably strong join. You may not see it, but this iMac wouldn’t be possible without it.