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Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard

Apple launches new updated 27-inch iMac with new chips

Apple today announced a new addition to its Mac line. No, it’s not one of the new ARMs that I’ve heard about a lot. It’s an updated 27-inch iMac, which offers little more than the usual CPU updates. No, the exterior design hasn’t changed yet, but the company is promoting new processors and graphics, a high-resolution web camera with improved low-light performance, and a new audio setup that borrows a “quality” set of microphones. The study “is already in the specified MacBook Pros. More importantly, perhaps, Apple has finally (finally) made standard SSD drives across the line, for both 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs.

Starting with these chips, we are looking forward to the tenth generation of Intel’s “Comet Lake” processors. Depending on the standard configuration you buy, the CPU will be six or eight cores, but there is also a 10 core processor available as an upgrade option. As for graphics, the standard configurations include AMD Radeon Pro 5300 or Radeon Pro 5500 XT, both of which are GPU 7 nm based on AMD RDNA architecture. From there, you can upgrade to 5700 or 5700 XT. The 5700 XT will have 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM, making this the first time that the 27-inch iMac line has been enlarged with plenty of graphics memory.

Again, SSDs are standard here, and again, this should have happened long ago. Depending on the configuration you choose, it will start with either 256GB or 512GB capacity, but it can get up to 8 TB from there. If this sounds like much, it is: Previously, the 27-inch iMac reached 2 TB. Interestingly, because of this shift from Fusion drives to SSD, the weight is slightly lighter this time (19.7 lbs), although the machine is identical to its predecessor.

As for the memory, we celebrate it until 11, which means that, if you wish, you can build your device with a capacity of 128 GB. (The previous threshold for this device was 64 GB.) Of course, the entry-level price starts with much lower: eight gigs.

It will be difficult to upgrade the 27-inch Retina screen of 5 billion colors, and the changes here are accurate. The first is the addition of Apple’s self-tuning True Tone technology, which is so ubiquitous on the company’s smaller screen computers that I am so surprised by reminding us that the biggest iMac didn’t yet have. I assume this will be useful in this working age at home, especially for people whose office is near a window. In addition, Apple offers a nano-finish to better reduce glare, similar to what you’ll find on Apple’s expensive external Pro Display XDR screen. This option will cost you an additional $ 500.

Also on “iMac no longer own this category?” It is Apple’s T2 security chip, which allows encrypted storage and “Hey Siri” commands. The slide also allows for some camera improvements, including tone setting, exposure control, and face detection. Speaking of the camera, the webcam now has 1080p resolution, and the aperture has increased from f / 2.0 to f / 2.2. You’re also getting the same “studio quality” set of microphones as currently on some recent select MacBook Pros and headphone setups that promise higher resolution and deeper bass, thanks in part to the T2 chip itself, by the way.

Price levels remain the same as before. To illustrate what you get for each price point, the specifications are:

  1. $ 1,799: 3.1GHz Core i5 Hexa processor, 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300 GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  2. $ 1,999: Core i5 Hexa processor 3.3 GHz, 4 GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300 GPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD
  3. $ 2,299: Core i7 Octa Core 3.8GHz processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5500 XT 8GB GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD

The new settings are available to order today and you will arrive in stores (or shipping, I think) “later this week”. The 21.5-inch iMac is also available with SSDs, while iMac Pro now comes standard with Intel Xeon 10 core processor. Previously, the benchmark was an eight-core CPU with a 10 core chip available only as an upgrade option.

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