Apple today announced a major update to its 27-inch iMac.
By far the most powerful and capable iMac ever, it features faster Intel processors up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, superfast SSDs across the line with four times the storage capacity, a new nano-texture glass option for an even more stunning Retina 5K display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics.
Apple has also standardized SSDs across the lineup for fast internal storage, finally adding the Apple T2 chip. The 21.5-inch iMac also gets the SSD chip, with Fusion Drive as a build-to-order option.
As far as specs are concerned, the 2020 iMac update features 10th-gen Intel CPUs across the board, in 6 and 8 core options. There’s also a 10-core option for the first time on the consumer iMac. You can spec the machine with up to 128 GB of RAM.
The storage system is now based around solid-state by default, able to be configured up to 8 TB. Apple is finally including the T2 chip inside the iMac, offering high-bandwidth write and read speeds. The T2 chip also brings security benefits, as we’ve seen deployed across the rest of the Mac line over the past five years.
The 27-inch iMacs now features the same 1080p FaceTime camera as the iMac Pro. Apple has also upgraded the microphones to its latest ‘studio quality’ system, which the company debuted with the 16-inch MacBook Pro last year.
The new 27-inch iMacs start at $1799 and are available to order from today. The base model features a six-core CPU, 8 GB RAM, a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU, and a 256 GB SSD.
With no major external design change to be seen, the iMac still features rather ungainly bezels. However, Apple is updating the 27-inch display to feature True Tone for better adaptive color balance. Customers can also choose a nano-texture matte glass option, first seen in the Pro Display XDR.