08 September 2020
In a surprise announcement, Apple has made the much-awaited new and more powerful 27-inch iMac official. It is essentially a refresh of the lineup as there are no physical appearance-related changes. The new models look similar to the previous generation but are packed with different hardware upgrades to deliver even better performance.
All-new 27-inch iMac is powered by the 10th gen, 10-core Intel Core i9 processor which is part of the Intel Comet Lake processors lineup. It supports Turbo Boost that will result in the processor getting overclocked up to 5.0GHz. Apple has further doubled the memory that now goes up to 128GB. It is claiming up to 65% faster performance on the top-end variant as compared to the previous generation 8-core variant.
The new iMac also brings improvements to the graphics performance with the help of AMD GPUs. It makes use of AMD's Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics cards along with 16GB of VRAM. This is a first for the iMac lineup and is said to be capable of delivering up to 55% faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender. For those who use Final Cut Pro X, the timeline rendering is claimed to be up to 30% faster.
In terms of display, the 27-inch iMac now comes with Retina 5K panel loaded with features. It boasts of 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and support for P3 wide color gamut. It also supports True Tone technology that automatically adjusts color temperature depending on the ambient lighting. There is an optional upgrade to the Nano-texture matte display, the one we saw on the Pro Display XDR, for an additional cost of $500.
Apple has made SSD storage a standard across all the 27-inch iMac configuration variants. There are different storage options available that go as high as 8TB of SSD storage. The new model is also packed with Apple's T2 Security Chip which is a custom chip aimed at providing data protection through encryption. If you are someone who engages in video calls quite a lot, you will be happy to know that the webcam on the iMac has been upgraded to 1080p. There will be improvements to tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection through T2 Security Chip's image signal processor.
Even though 27-inch iMac is the star of the show, Apple has also announced minor improvements to the 21.5-in iMac and iMac Pro. The standard model will now come with SSD storage but buyers can still opt for Fusion Drive if they wish to. On another hand, the Pro model has been upgraded to the 10-core Intel Xeon processor.
The 27-inch iMac has been priced at $1,799 for the base model in the United States. As for the updated 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro, buyers will have to spend $1,099 and $4,999 for base models. All the upgraded variants are already up for online orders and will be available through offline stores starting this week.