Apple updates iMac with 10th Gen Intel processors, better webcam, SSD

2020 27-inch iMac
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Apple has spec-bumped its iMac range including the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMac as well as the iMac Pro. The iconic all-in-one desktops get up to 10th Gen Intel Core processors, higher resolution 1080p FaceTime cameras (finally!) and now get SSD storage as standard across the line.

The 2020 iMacs look identical to the previous generation but now also includes a nano-texture version (like the Pro Display XDR) with a less reflective matte glass display.

The 27-inch iMac starts from USD1,799 (~MYR7,551) and is available for order now, shipping this week. Meanwhile, the 21.5-inch iMac retails from USD1,099 (~MYR4,613) and will ship next week. The iMac Pro, now with 10th Gen Intel Core chips across all configurations, will start from USD4,999 (~MYR20,982), and will ship next week.

Apple Silicon-based Macs are not expected until the end of the year and as announced during WWDC20, Apple will still be rolling out and supporting Intel-based Macs for years to come.

Nonetheless, the 27-inch iMac is, as Apple says, the “most powerful and capable iMac ever,” now with up to 10-core 10th Gen Intel Core processors, double the memory capacity, Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics (with up to 16GB of VRAM), superfast SSDs across the line, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics. Apple is offering a new nano-texture glass option for the Retina 5K display.

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With the 10-core i9 processor option (for the first time), the 27-inch iMac can reach 5.0Ghz with Turbo Boost for up to 65 per cent faster CPU performance compared to the previous gen 8-core 27-inch iMac. The iMac also features double the memory capacity for up to 128GB.

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The new iMac delivers up to 55 per cent faster graphics performance from the Radeon Pro 5000 series GPUs featuring AMD’s latest RDNA architecture. For the first time, the iMac includes an AMD Radeon 5700XT graphics option with 16GB of memory.

Apple has dumped the Fusion Drive for full-blown SSDs as standard across the board, starting with 256GB as a base. However, users can still opt for a Fusion Drive for more out-of-the-box storage—1TB at no extra cost. For those who appreciate performance, they can go up to 8TB of SSD storage.

The new iMac offers a nano-texture glass option for the 5K Retina display, first introduced on Pro Display XDR. The 500-nit display now also comes with True Tone technology, complementing its already impressive spec sheet of 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colours and support for P3 wide colour gamut.

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Apple finally dumps the old 720p FaceTime HD camera for a higher resolution 1080p unit. The Image Signal Processor in the T2 Security Chip helps with tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection. Unfortunately, it does not support Face ID for biometric authentication.

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The T2 Security Chip also works with the speakers to deliver better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass. That aside, a new studio-quality mic array offers high-quality audio for improved FaceTime calls, podcast recording, Voice Memos, and more.

Next, the 21.5-inch iMac will come standard with SSDs across the range for the first time. Customers can also choose the larger Fusion Drive as an option.

Lastly, the iMac Pro gets a small spec bump with the 10-core Intel Xeon processor (up to 18 cores). The beastly all-in-one workstation offers up to 22 teraflops of graphics performance, up to 256GB of quad-channel ECC memory, and a 27-inch Retina 5K display.

To place an order or for more information, visit apple.com/imac.


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