Surprise! Apple just announced It updates the 27-inch iMac. In addition to adding a new 10-core Intel processor, the latest Mac desktop also offers optimized memory, a Retina 5K display, next-generation graphics, and updated cameras, speakers, and microphones.
Last year, Apple’s iMac update gave us the feeling a little crazybecause it just stuffed new chips into an old design. From the photos Apple released today, it still looks like nothing much has changed in terms of design. However, this seems to be a major update on the courage of the desktop.
For starters, the new 27-inch iMac supports 10th generation Intel processors with up to 10 cores and Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz. (You can also get models with 6-core and 8-core Intel chips if this seems excessive.) Apple said this should result in 65% faster CPU performance. It also doubles the storage capacity to 128 GB. In terms of graphics, the new iMac is powered by the AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series. For the first time, Apple indicated that you have the option for 16 GB of storage. All of this will result in up to 55% faster graphics performance than the previous generation with Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, according to Apple.
And because it looks like the topic of the new iMac “has to go fast”, Apple also said that the SSDs will now be standard across the board. This time, Apple is offering an 8TB SSD configuration that’s four times the capacity of the last iMac.
The updates don’t stop here either. In addition to the better graphics, Apple is adding a Retina 5K display that uses True Tone color technology. You can also select “nano-texture glass” for the display. It is said to offer better visibility in bright rooms and reduce glare for what Apple calls an “innovative matte finish”.
For security reasons, the new iMac will also be the Apple T2 security chip, the second generation custom chip that supports encrypted memory and secure boot functions. The new iMac will also feature a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers and a studio quality microphone array. The T2 chip also supports the camera with “sound imaging, exposure control and face detection”.
The 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro will also be updated. Both desktops now come with SSDs as standard, and the 21.5-inch iMac can also be configured with a Fusion drive. The iMac Pro comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon chip.
How about macOS Big Sur? While the new iMacs aren’t preinstalled with the unpublished operating system, Apple said they can be updated for free this fall.
Upgrading to one of these iMacs will definitely cost you. The basic configuration of the new 27-inch iMac starts at $ 1,800, while the updated 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro start at $ 1,100 and $ 5,000, respectively. All three can be ordered online today and are expected to be available in Apple Stores and other authorized retail stores later this week.