The new iMac with a 27-inch 5K screen has been upgraded in line with the times and is of course a lot faster now. It has received so much improvement and upgrades that Apple as usual described it in as the most powerful Apple iMac desktop computers ever.
Apple iMac 27″: The all-in-one iMac computer is now equipped with SSDs across the entire product line. As far as RAM and mass storage are concerned, both the basic configuration and the optional build-to-order configuration has been increased, as we have already seen new updates of the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Pro 16 2020 series. So there is now double RAM and quadruple SSD storage.
The latest 10th generation Intel processors also ensure greater performance and speed. The high-resolution 5K Retina display has been improved by Apple’s integrated technology and more powerful graphics processor units. In addition, an optional screen version with nanotexture glass is available, which is familiar from the Pro Display XDR professional screen. The multimedia equipment was also upgraded with a 1080p camera instead of the previous one with 720p, better speakers and microphones.
Apple iMac 21.5″: But the smaller and cheaper iMac with Full HD or 4K monitor is now also available with an SSD as standard and optional with a Fusion Drive, which consists of a large HDD and a faster SSD. Otherwise, everything stays the same.
Apple iMac Pro 27″: The professional iMac desktop has also been updated. It is now equipped with a “10-core Intel Xeon” processor as standard, but has no further innovations.
Incidentally, this update round could be the last with Intel processors, because Apple recently announced its intention to use its own processors instead of Intel’s. This change then of course requires adjustments to the software, which means that older programs will no longer run on newer Macs without special software support and Windows will no longer be able to be used directly on a Mac, but only via emulations. After all, Apple wants to support the Intel Macs even longer.
New iMac 27 Features:
The new 27 inch Mac desktop computers has faster Intel processors with up to 10 cores, twice the storage capacity, AMD graphics of the next generation, fast SSDs with four times the storage capacity, a new display option with nanotexture glass for an even more brilliant image display, a FaceTime 1080p HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality microphones.
Regardless of whether you want to compose a new song with hundreds of tracks, compile thousands of lines of code or process large photos using machine learning, the 27-inch iMac with the latest 6- and 8-core processors The 10th generation from Intel offers professional-level performance for a wide range of requirements. For professionals with demanding tasks, the 27-inch new iMac offers for the first time 10-core processor option with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 5.0 GHz for up to 65 percent more CPU performance.
Compared to the previous generation of the iMac 27″ with an 8-core processor, the new iMac offers, according to Apple:
- Up to 65 percent more plug-ins in Logic Pro X (music program).
- Up to 40 percent faster 8K ProRes transcoding in Final Cut Pro X (video editing).
- Up to 35 percent faster rendering with Arnold in Autodesk Maya (3D).
For memory-intensive applications, the new iMac now offer twice the memory capacity of up to 128 GB.
For GPU-based rendering, video editing with multiple 4K video streams or graphics-intensive games, the 27-inch Apple iMac desktop has more powerful next generation AMD graphics. The iMac offers up to 55 percent higher graphics performance thanks to the “Radeon Pro 5000” series, which is equipped with the latest RDNA architecture from AMD with faster and more energy-efficient processing units. For users who use professional programs that can use large amounts of video memory for even more performance, the iMac offers a graphics option with 16GB of memory for the first time – twice the video memory capacity of the previous model.
Compared to the previous generation with Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, the new iMac offers:
- Up to 55 percent faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender.
- Up to 50 percent faster demo fly-through in Unity Editor.
- Up to 45 percent faster performance in “Total War: Three Kingdoms”.
- Up to 30 percent faster timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X.
The 27-inch iMac is now equipped with SSDs as standard, which offer a breathtaking performance of up to 3.4 GByte/s for starting applications and opening large files. For users who need large amounts of storage space, the iMac also offers an 8TB SSD option for the first time – four times the SSD capacity of the previous generation of the 27-inch model.
The iMac also contains the Apple T2 Security Chip, a second-generation processor specially manufactured by Apple. The storage controller on this chip enables instant data encryption for everything stored on the SSD so that data and files are safe and secure. The chip also checks that the software loaded during the startup process has not been tampered with, making the 27 ″ iMac and every current Mac with the T2 chip the safe storage and startup process.
5K Retina display with True Tone, 14.7 million pixels (5120 x 2880 px), one billion colors, 500 nits of brightness and the support of the large P3 color space, the iMac’s Retina display offers a brilliant front-of-screen experience. The high number of pixels enables text that looks like a printed page, as well as sharper photos with more details, and allows 4K videos to be viewed and edited in full resolution. The display of the 27-inch iMac is now equipped with “True Tone” technology, which automatically adjusts the color temperature of the display to the ambient lighting of the user.
5K Retina display with nanotexture glass introduced for the first time with the Pro Display XDR – for an even better display under different lighting conditions, such as in a bright room or in indirect sunlight. In contrast to typical matte displays, where the surface is provided with a coating to scatter the light, this possibility is created through an innovative process in which glass is etched at the nanometer level. The result is an extremely low reflectivity and reduced glare while maintaining the brilliant image quality and contrast.
For those who use their iMac more than ever to get in touch with friends, family and colleagues, the “FaceTime HD” camera now offers a 1080p resolution (previously 720p). The image signal processor in the T2 Security Chip offers tone mapping, exposure control and face recognition for a much higher quality recording.
In addition to the improved camera, the T2 Security Chip also works with the loudspeakers to enable a variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity and deeper bass. Additionally, a new microphone array enables high-quality audio to be recorded directly on the iMac for enhanced FaceTime calls, podcast recordings, voice memos, and more.
New iMac Price and availability
The new iMac 27-inch as well as the 21.5-inch updated with SSDs and the also minimally updated iMac Pro can be pre-ordered now via the Bhphotovideo.com online store. The 27-inch new iMac price starts at $1,799. The updated models of the iMac 21.5″ and iMac Pro are available from $1,099 and $4,999 respectively.