While Apple’s portable devices are getting the lion’s share of attention these days, the all-in-one iMac desktop computers are still popular with businesses – probably at the front desk as well as in C-Suite offices. After the long-awaited keyboard and processor upgrades for the entire MacBook range have been completed, the iMac is finally getting an update, although it will use newer Intel processors instead of the “Apple silicon” announced for this year’s WWDC for upcoming Macs.
Contrary to rumors that were in circulation before today’s announcement, the new iMac has not been completely redesigned. Instead, the same chassis that iMacs has been wearing for years continues to be used, as reports have it that a brand new iPad Pro-inspired model is about to be released. As a result, the latest iMac still has a screen size of 27 inches, while a 30-inch display is expected for a successor. However, Apple has introduced a matte screen option for the new iMac with nanostructured glass ̵
The new 27-inch iMac also improves the performance of its predecessor. In the almost a year and a half since the last iMac upgrade, Intel’s 10th generation core processors have found their way into both Apple laptops and competing computers, and the 8th and 9th generation core-based iMacs striking curve left behind last year. Apple’s previous 27-inch iMac family started at $ 1,799 with six-core i5 CPUs across the board, with the option to upgrade to an eight-core i9 chip while the 21.5-inch -Models starting at $ 1,099 for two cores without a retina, but offered a high-end retina display and a quad-core Intel i3 processor for just $ 200 more, then a second $ 200 Step with a six-core i5.
Today’s 27-inch machines include new Core i5, i7 and i9 chips from the “Comet Lake-S” family of the 10th generation. The Core i9 chip at the highest end has 10 cores with a base clock speed of 3.6 GHz and turbo boosting to 5.0 GHz. It is available as an optional upgrade for $ 400 to the $ 2,299 8-Core i7, which has a higher base clock speed of 3.8 GHz and the same turbo top speed. For $ 1,999, users can purchase a 6-core Intel Core i5 version running at 3.3 GHz and a maximum single-core speed of 4.8 GHz, while a $ 1,799 model has a 6-core Intel Core i5 with 3.1 GHz and a turbo speed of 4.5 GHz, which can be upgraded to the US state 10-Core i9 for $ 500. According to Apple, the 10-core computers offer a 25 to 65% performance improvement over the previous-generation 8-core iMac, although the actual numbers appear to vary between different configurations and tasks.
The low- and medium-range machines have a 4 GB Radeon Pro 5300 GPU, while the high-end machine has an 8 GB Radeon Pro 5500XT, which earlier versions of the Radeon Pro 555X and 560X options iMacs has. For the top model, GPU options are available for Radeon Pro 5700 (+ $ 300) and 5700XT (+ $ 500). Apple claims graphics performance is 30-55% better than the previous 27-inch iMac with a Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU. All new 27-inch models feature True Tone automatic color calibration, originally introduced with the iPad Pro 2016.
Apple’s decision to release the new iMac with Intel internals raises some interesting questions about its plans for the Apple silicon transition, which is slated to begin later this year. In October 2005, Apple released an updated iMac G5 as one of its last models with a PowerPC processor, to release an improved Intel version three months later. It remains to be seen whether an iMac with Apple’s own CPU and GPU will follow just as quickly or longer due to high-end chip engineering challenges.
Other specifications suggest that Apple is holding back important changes for the Post-Intel revision. The new iMac continues to be the leader in last generation Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0, although there are newer versions for each wireless standard. Apple has upgraded the previous FaceTime HD camera from its anemic 720p resolution to a similarly aging 1080p resolution in the new model and updated the speaker and microphone systems to achieve superior performance and sound balance. Formerly optional, SSDs are now the default option for any computer, starting at 256 GB in the $ 1,799 model that can’t be configured for more storage. The mid-range option instead includes 512 GB of SSD storage and can be up to 2 TB for an additional $ 600 surcharge. Only the high-end model can reach up to 8 TB – for $ 2,400 above the sticker price.
In particular, the iMac Pro has not been updated significantly since December 2017, when Apple released it as an alternative to the stagnating tubular Mac Pro, although Apple added 256GB of RAM and Vega 64X GPU upgrade options in March 2019. In October 2019, Intel announced i-Mac Pro-enabled W-2200 Xeon chips, including support for up to 18 cores and 4.1 GHz standard / 4.8 GHz peak clock speeds. According to Apple, the iMac Pro for beginners, valued at $ 4,999, comes standard with a 10-core processor with a 3.0 GHz base / 4.5 GHz Turbo Xeon W – from 8 cores before – while it has a 14- Kern gives 2.5 GHz / 4.3 GHz option for $ 800 more and an 18 core upgrade with 2.3 GHz / 4.3 GHz for $ 1,600 additional. The 21.5-inch iMac is still available for $ 1,099 and up, and continues to offer 7th and 8th generation Intel Core processors. 256 GB SSDs are now standard, with the option to upgrade to a 1 TB Fusion drive for the same price.
The new 27-inch iMacs can now be ordered from the Apple Online Store. You should arrive this Friday for early customers and appear at the locations of Apple’s over-the-counter stores that are still open. Slightly optimized 21.5-inch iMacs and iMac professionals can also be ordered today, but with delivery dates mid to late August.