Apple refreshes It’s a 27-inch iMac, though you’ll need a keen eye to spot the differences. The new model looks no different from its predecessors and has the same classic look that Apple has been using for several years, with thick bezels all around the 5K display.
You won’t find any radically new functions here either. There is still no biometric authentication, meaning there is no face or touch ID, and the screen uses exactly the same panel and pixel resolution as before. Most changes affect the interior and affect performance.
New, better numbers
The 27-inch iMac will use the newer 10th generation Comet Lake processors from Intel with six- or eight-core configurations as standard. Power users will be happy to hear that an Intel Core i9 option with 1
The graphics page gives you options within the AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series, with the 5300 XT and 5500 XT being offered in the standard configurations with 8 gigabytes of VRAM. However, you can also use a 5700 XT with 16 gigabytes of VRAM for up to 55 percent faster GPU performance.
These impairments in CPU and GPU performance are supplemented by a complete switch to DDR4 solid-state drives for all model models. That means Apple’s entire iMac lineup now uses SSDs, including the 21.5-inch iMacs, which should mean dramatically faster read and write speeds. The basic configurations are 256 to 512 gigabytes, but you can go up to a whopping 8 terabytes.
Clearer, better sounding zoom calls
Since the case does not change, there is no fancy iPad Pro-like redesign here. They have the same thick frames as the iMacs from a few years ago, but there are two notable changes to the screen. True Tone is now supported, the feature available in Apple’s MacBooks and iPhones that adjusts the color temperature of the screen to match the ambient light around you for a more comfortable reading experience.
You can also choose now Nano texture as an option for the glass. This is an option that was recently introduced in Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor for $ 6,000. It essentially offers a matte finish and significantly reduces glare on the screen. However, you will need to cough up a lot of batter if you want this upgrade.
The webcam is (thankfully) increased to 1080p, and Apple claims to have made some improvements to improve performance in low-light conditions. Many of these updates are due to Apple’s T2 security chip. On this chip is the Secure Enclave, which encrypts and decrypts your data and offers an additional level of security. However, it also has an image signal processor that helps with facial recognition – not for facial recognition, mind you – but for tone mapping and exposure control to improve webcam quality.
In a similar way, the audio controller in the T2 chip also improves the speakers in the new iMac. You should know that the speaker’s hardware has actually not changed, but according to Apple, the controller provides better balance with everything you hear, and provides higher fidelity and deeper bass at lower volumes.
What is The three studio-quality microphones are new, two on the chin and one on the back of the case. They correspond to those that Apple introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019. The trio detects echoes and suppresses ambient noise, so your audio can be played cleaner than before, whether you’re recording a podcast or just a zoom call.
The prices remain the same throughout. The 21.5-inch iMac with new SSDs costs from $ 1,099 and the 27-inch model from $ 1,799. It can be ordered now and will be delivered this week (the smaller model will be delivered next week). Since the iMac now has a 10-core i9 upgrade option, Apple is also encountering the base model of the iMac Pro to offer the same processor. This version can still be ordered today.
There have been several rumors of a new iMac with a design update and ARM-based chips, but it isn’t. The wait for Apple’s big change to new processors continues.
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