Apple has released a hardware updated version of the 27-inch iMac, which is said to be significantly faster than its predecessor due to the newer processor, GPU and memory, in some tasks by more than half.
For example, the new 27-inch iMac uses the latest 10th-generation Intel CPUs with up to 10 cores and Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. As graphics card you can choose a model from AMD&s new Radeon Pro 5000 series with up to 16 GB memory (Radeon Pro 5700 XT) - so the timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X should be up to 30% faster. And for memory-intensive applications, the new iMac offers twice the maximum memory capacity of the previous model, with up to 128GB of 2666MHz RAM. The speed of NVMe SSDs has been accelerated to 3.4GB/s, increasing the maximum configurable capacity to 8TB.
Apple iMac 27
The new 27-inch iMac&s 5K Retina Display can display a billion colours, supports the professional DCI-P3 colour space, and has a brightness of 500 nits. It features True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts the display&s color temperature to the user&s ambient lighting. The FaceTime HD camera has been upgraded to 1080p resolution.
The new iMac offers a nano-textured glass option - first introduced in the Pro Display XDR - for better viewing in a variety of lighting conditions, such as a bright room or indirect sunlight. The nano-textured glass has extremely low reflectivity, reducing glare while maintaining image quality and contrast.
Apple iMac 27 interfaces
Interfaces include two Thundebolt 3 USB-C ports, one Gbit Ethernet port (optional 10 Gbit), four USB-A ports and one SDXC card slot.
The price of the new 27" iMac starts at around €2,050 and can be ordered from Apple today - delivery will start next week.
Updates also for 21.5" iMac and iMac Pro
Apple also announced that the complete 21.5-inch iMac family will be equipped with SSDs as standard for the first time. Customers can also configure a 21.5-inch iMac with a Fusion Drive. In addition, the iMac Pro now comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor.
The new iMac will probably be one of the last models with Intel CPU, as Apple has announced Farewell to Intel for its computers such as MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro and will in future rely entirely on self-developed ARM CPUs, following the example of its iPhones and iPads. The new Apple Silicon SoC (System-on-a-Chip) has a CPU as well as an integrated graphics unit, neural engine, crypto unit and power management.