Yesterday, August 5, 2020, Apple made a major update to the 27-inch iMac – probably the last update that the venerable big-screen Mac will receive in its current incarnation. Future iMacs may feature a new design and will most certainly use Apple Silicon rather than the Intel CPUs found in the current model.
The new model features 6- and 8-core 10th-generation Intel processors, and can even be outfitted with a 10-core processor for the first time. That 10-core version boasts Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0GHz, providing up to 65 percent faster performance. The iMac also features twice the memory capacity of the previous models, with a total capacity of up to 128GB.
The memory slots are still user-accessible, meaning that purchasers can start with minimal RAM and then buy 2666MHz DDR4 SO-DIMMs from OWC for a lower cost memory upgrade.
Storage is faster and bigger with the new iMac model. For the first time, the 27-inch iMac comes with SSD (solid state drives) across the board – no more Fusion drives or hard drives. An 8TB SSD is available as an option.
The 27-inch Retina 5K display now features True Tone for more natural viewing in all sorts of lighting conditions, and for the first time, the display is available with the nano-texture glass option first seen on the Pro Display XDR.
Not only has the CPU been updated in the 27-inch iMac, but the graphics processing unit (GPU) is now an AMD Radeon Pro 5000 unit, featuring AMD’s latest architecture. A graphics option with up to 16GB of video memory is now available as well. The Radeon Pro 5000 GPU offers up to 55 percent faster graphics performance than the Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU found in the previous model.
The Camera & T2 Security
Apple finally upgraded the FaceTime camera to 1080p HD, up from the 720p maximum available in earlier models. The iMac now features the T2 Security Chip, which is also used to provide tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection to the camera. The T2 also works with new, higher-quality speakers to provide variable equalization that makes for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass.
The iMac also received a new studio-quality microphone array, which should make podcasters and FaceTime callers happy.
Price-wise, the 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 with a 3.1GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of SSD storage, and a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 memory.
Want to max it out? Outfit the 27-inch iMac with a 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor (Turbo Boost up to 5.0 GHz), 128GB of memory, a Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory, 8TB of SSD storage, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and a Magic Trackpad, and you’re looking at $8,849!
You can save $2,000 off the price of that top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac by getting it with the base 8GB of RAM, then purchasing your memory from MacSales.com for self-installation!
Apple also announced that the 21.5-inch iMac will come with standard SSDs across the line, or with a Fusion Drive. The iMac Pro now comes with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor as standard equipment, with upgrades to 18 cores, graphics performance up to 22 teraflops, and up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory.
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