2020 Apple iMac News

Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with faster chips, SSDs and AMD graphics

Apple has announced an updated version of their 27-inch iMac which has SSDs across the board, Intel chips up to 10 cores and AMD graphics.

“Now more than ever, our customers are relying on the Mac. And many of them need the most powerful and capable iMac we’ve ever made,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With blazing performance, double the memory, SSDs across the line with quadruple the storage, an even more stunning Retina 5K display, a better camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics, the 27-inch iMac is loaded with new features at the same price. It’s the ultimate desktop, to work, create, and communicate.”

For processors, the new 27-inch iMac can be configured with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 chip. RAM options include up to 128GB of DDR4 memory and there’s up to an 8TB SSD option.

The new iMac has a 5K Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and there’s even a nano-texture glass option, as introduced in the Pro Display XDR.

Apple says the new iMac is 40% faster at transcoding 8K ProRes footage in Final Cut Pro X, 25% faster build time in Xcode and 35% faster rendering in Arnold in Autodesk Maya.

In terms of graphics, the 27-inch iMac has the option of AMD’s Radion Pro 5000 series GPUs. The company says the new AMD GPUs are 30% faster at timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X, 50% faster in demo fly-through in Unity Editor and 55% faster at rendering Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender.

Apple has included their T2 Security Chip to provide “on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD, so files and data are safe and secure.”

While the new iMac doesn’t have Face ID, it does now come with a 1080p HD webcam and better mics instead of the ageing 720p FaceTime camera.

While the 27-inch iMac got all the big upgrades, Apple is also introducing SSDs as standard for the 21.5-inch iMac. Meanwhile, the iMac Pro comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor.

The device will be able to update to macOS Big Sur this fall.

Pricing for the new 27-inch iMac is as follows:

  • 3.1 GHz 6-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 8GB of RAM – 256GB SSD – Radeon Pro 5300 – $2,399 CAD
  • 3.3 GHz 6-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 8GB of RAM – 512GB SSD – Radeon Pro 5300 – $2,649 CAD
  • 3.8 GHz8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 – 8GB of RAM – 512GB SSD – Radeon Pro 5500 XT – $3,079 CAD

The new iMac is available to order today from Apple’s website with it set to ship later this week.

Source: Apple


By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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