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Apple updates the iMac with new Intel processors

Vishnu Vasisht

Apple is renewing its 27' iMac. The design is unchanged, but the new models include new Intel CPUs with up to ten cores, AMD Navi GPUs and a 1080p webcam. Apple now also supplies all its iMacs with a SSD as standard.

Apple equips with tenth-generation Intel processors. There is a choice of a Core i5, i7 or i9, with six, eight or ten cores. It is possible to configure the iMac with up to 128GB ddr4 Memory. In the previous 27' iMac, the maximum number of cores was eight and there was room for up to 64GB of RAM.

Furthermore, Apple exchanges the Vega video cards for Navi models. The 27' iMacs have at least a Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB gddr6 and at most a Radeon Pro 5700XT with 16GB gddr6. The webcam will be upgraded to 1080p resolution, which was 720p.

The 27' iMac still has a screen with a 5k resolution of 5120x2880 pixels, but for an additional cost of 625 euros there is now also 'nanotextured glass' available. This texture provides a matte finish and is already available for Apple's Pro Display XDR.

Apple provides the cheapest 27' iMac with a 256GB SSD. With more expensive versions, it is 512GB and you can choose up to 8TB SSD capacity at an additional cost. Apple also puts its T2 security chip in the new iMac. for storage encryption and webcam image optimization There is no biometric login method.

Apple is also making minor changes to the 21.5 iMac and the iMac Pro. The cheapest model now comes standard with a 256GB SSD, although buyers can also opt for the 1TB Fusion Drive. This is an HDD with a small amount of flash memory. Apple previously supplied the Fusion Drive with the cheapest iMacs as standard. The iMac Pro now has an Intel Xeon processor with ten cores as standard. Apple does not mention other innovations to the 21.5' iMac and iMac Pro.

Buyers will get a configuration with Intel Core i5-hexa core, 8GB ram, 512GB-ssd and a Radeon Pro 5300 video card.

Apple has not yet released anything about iMacs with ARM processors. Earlier this year, the manufacturer announced that new products with Intel processors will be released and will be supported for years to come. The first MacBooks or iMacs with ARM CPUs are expected at the end of this year or early next year. The transition will take two years.

The 27-inch iMac (2020) carries a starting price of Rs. 1,69,990, while the 21.5-inch iMac (2020) and iMac Pro (2020) are starting at Rs. 99,900 and Rs. 4,64,900, respectively.

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