Apple announced an update for its 27-inch iMac. The new 27-inch iMac features faster Intel processors up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, fast SSDs and more. The ultimate desktop now features an even more stunning Retina 5K display, and higher quality camera, speakers, and mics.

This 2020 iMacs look identical to the last generation, including the large black bezel all the way around the screen and the big metal chin at the bottom but offer major upgrades on the inside and display.

Display

While the design remains the same as in previous years, Apple upgraded the internal hardware across the board. This all-in-one desktop computer is designed for people who want a bigger, 5K screen at their desks and who, now working from home.

Like its predecessor, the Apple 27-inch iMac desktop computer is a beauty to behold with premium design and slim finishing. This all-in-one 27-inch desktop computer comes with a nano-texture glass possibility for Retina 5K show, which gives True Tone know-how.

The nano-texture glass option which was first introduced on Pro Display XDR is designed for even better viewing under various lighting conditions, such as a bright room or indirect sunlight. Hence, its robotically adjusts the colour temperature of the show to match a person’s ambient lighting by maintaining contrast while scattering light to reduce glare to the barest minimum.

All thanks to the 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and support for P3 wide color, the iMac 27-inch Retina display delivers an immersive front-of-screen viewing experience.

 Camera

In addition, the 27-inch iMac finally has a 1080p  FaceTime webcam, instead of the low-res 720p camera found in other Macs. It offers an improved lowlight performance while video chatting in darker rooms, the higher resolution also means you should expect a sharper picture. The desktop computer also comes with a studio-quality microphone array which provide clearer sound while speaking on video calls or recording things like podcasts.

Performance

The Apples new 27-inch iMac all-in-one desktop is powered by the 10th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds reaching 5.0GHz which offers up to 65 percent faster CPU performance than the older model. This includes up to a 10-core option with a 3.6GHz base clock speed and Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, whereas the previous-generation iMac used 9th-generation Intel processors with up to eight cores.

In addition to this, 27-inch iMac gets a powerful next-generation AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series built on the AMD’s latest RDNA architecture, hence offering faster, more power-efficient compute units. This graphic card delivers up to 55 percent with 16GB VRAM, thus, providing double the video memory capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.

Furthermore, the new iMac now has SSDs which delivers blazing-fast performance up to 3.4GB/s for launching applications and opening large files. It also supports an 8TB SSD option for the first time which is four times the SSD capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.

There are various other config options and upgrades: 10-gigabit Ethernet is an upgrade option, and the SD card reader (blessedly still present) can support UHS-II speeds.

This iMac comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed, second-generation silicon. The storage controller in the T2 Security Chip provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD, so files and data are safe and secure.

In addition, the T2 chip also checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with, giving the 27-inch iMac, and any Mac with the T2 chip, the most secure storage and boot process of any computer. The storage controller within the T2 Security Chip offers knowledge encryption for all the things saved on the SSD.

Similarly, the Apple’s custom-designed T2 Security chip allows for perfect encryption. The chip checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. Apple also says the T2 Security Chip works with the speakers to enable variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass.

Pricing

According to Apple the price for the iMac is available in three standard configurations:

  • The entry-level $1,799 model ships with a 6-core Intel Core i5 processor AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB hard drive.
  • The $,1999 model includes a slightly faster 6-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics and twice the storage.
  • The $2,299 model ships with an 8-core Intel i7 processor, a 512 GB hard drive, AMD Radeon 5500 XT graphics.

You’ll be able to upgrade the screen to a fancy new nanotexture option for $500. This helps with reflections from light and is technology borrowed from Apple’s $4,999 Pro Display XDR monitor. 

Apple today also made a minor update to the iMac Pro, equipping the base configuration with the 10-core 3.0 GHz Xeon W chip that was previously an upgrade option. In addition, the smaller 21.5-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs across the line for the first time. Customers can still choose to configure their 21.5-inch iMac with a Fusion Drive.

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