The 27-inch iMac is getting multiple new upgrades. Apple recently announced that not only the machine’s processor inside will be changed to intel, but it will also be introducing a high resolution webcam, an improved audio system that will offer a near studio experience, next-gen AMD graphics, and a nano-textured version of the display glass amongst others. Besides these, SSD will be made standard across the entire Mac line.
The new iMac will now come with the latest version of the 10th generation Intel Comet Lake processors with 6-cores and 8-cores. A buyer will also have the option to choose a 10-core processor. This aside, the memory capacity has been increased to 128 Gb and the processor will now have Turbo Boost which will catapult the speed to nearly 5.0 Ghz. Something to really look out for is the graphics card. The new configurations will now have either the Radeon Pro 5500 XT or the MD Radeon Pro 5300 card. Both of these are 7 nanometer GPUs that are based on the RDNA Architecture of AMD. As a result, it will be possible for one to upgrade the graphics card to 5700 or 5700 XT. With 16 GB of VRAM, the 5700 XT will make it the first time the 27-inch iMac has featured such increased memory capacity.
The change to SSD is one of the most long awaited upgradation. Based on the type of configuration selected, a buyer can move from 256 Gb and go right upto 8 Tb. This is an improvement to the 2 Tb that was found earlier in the 27-inch iMac. As per Apple, the SSD will be able to support reading and writing speed of upto 3.4 Gbps. The shift to SSDs from Fusion Drives also has reduced the weight of the device to 19.7 pounds.
Speaking about its look, it is not much different from its predecessors. The 2020 model still has the metallic chin at the bottom and the black border around its screen. What has undergone a subtle change is the 27-inch iMac’s 5K billion-color Retina display. The new model now features a True Tone technology which can auto-adjust. This is very useful in the current work-from-home situation, espcially for those whose have their workstations placed close to the window. In addition, a nano-textured finish has also been added in order to improve upon the glare reduction feature. However, this additional upgradation comes for an additional charge of approximately $500.
The webcam is now 1080p, while its aperture has increased from f/2.0 to f/2.2. The new T2 security chip offers some improvements to the camera resolution in terms of exposure adjustment, better face detection and tone mapping. The T2 chip does not have biometric log-in nor fingerprint sensors. What is interesting to note is that the new webcam will function smoothly no matter what video-conferencing app one uses. Definitely a bonus point. Speaking of the audio aspect, you will now be able to enjoy a studio experience. The microphone is better. The T2 chip also has an improved audio controller which ensures a deeper bass and a better fidelity even at low volumes.
The starting price of the 27-inch iMac is fixed at $1,799/- and goes right up to $2,299/- depending upon the type of configuration one selects. All the new configurations are readily available and if ordered can be received within a week’s time. In addition to the 27-inch iMac, Apple has also upgraded the 21.5-inch iMac and added a few improvements to the iMac Pro as well. All the new models with their updates are available in the Apple Stores for eager buyers to pick up.