21 March 2019
After the refreshed iPad Mini, Apple has also refreshed the iMac desktops with faster processors and better graphics. Apple updated its 21.5-inch 4K iMac with Retina display and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display and the customers now get the latest Intel chips and new AMD graphics. The design remains unchanged, so there isn’t FaceID or TouchID here.
While we suspect to see the refreshed lineup this month’s scheduled event which is to be held on March 25th, Apple rather showed up early. So, it seems like the Cupertino-based company is getting all of its hardware announcements out of the way before the March 25 event. With this trend, we don’t be surprised if Apple also releases the refreshed AirPods as well, leaving the stage ready for more important things like streaming service and even AirPower which hasn’t seen the light of the launch yet.
Coming back to the refreshed iMacs, Apple didn’t update the iMac at all in 2018, so it’s indeed a very required update. They both look the same as before and those thick bezels around the displays still stay. Both have sleek aluminum and glass enclosure, and are thin profile as well.
The 21.5-inch iMac features 8th-generation Intel CPUs in quad-core and six-core SKUs. The 27-inch iMac houses 9th-generation Intel CPUs, with 6-core and 8-core configurations. According to Apple, these new processors deliver up to 2x the performance of the previous generation iMac. They both also get Radeon Pro Vega graphics as another boost and Apple claims they offer up to 80 percent graphics performance bump than earlier.
All the 27-inch models come with 8GB of RAM and the storage option is available up to 1TB. The 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega delivers up to 50 percent faster graphics performance, ideal for graphics-intensive workloads, such as developing 3D content, editing videos or designing high-resolution games
The new 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,299, while the 27-inch model starts at $1,799. Both are available to order starting today from apple.com
The Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU upgrade costs $450 build-to-order and is not offered on any base iMac configuration.