Apple announces new iMac with 10th gen Intel Processors, new webcam

Joanna Estrada
August 5, 2020

According to Apple, the new Intel and AMD silicon can increase the processing speeds for certain video-editing and audio-processing applications from 25 percent up to 65 percent compared with last year's model.

The new iMac is a lot like the old iMac. All this comes in addition to this, 27-inch iMac gets next-generation AMD GPU - Radeon Pro 5000 series with up to 6GB of memory for the first time.

In terms of actual looks, the product retains the same design. On top of adding a new 10-core Intel processor, the newest Mac desktop will also offer beefed-up memory, a Retina 5K display, next-gen graphics, and updated cameras, speakers, and mics. All this, Apple said, will translate to up to 55 per cent faster graphics performance than the previous generation, which had Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics.

Apple today announced a major update to its 27-inch iMac. Previously, the iMac's storage was capped at 2TB, but now buyers can configure it with up to 8TB in SSD.

The updates don't stop there either.

For security, the new iMac will also feature the Apple T2 Security Chip, its second-generation custom chip that supports encrypted storage and secure boot features. Apple is now offering the new iMac with a nano-texture glass option which it had first debuted on the Pro Display XDR. It supposedly offers better viewing in bright rooms and reduces glare for what Apple dubs an "innovative matte finish".

Apple has also given the iMac Pro a spec bump, as it now comes equipped with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor as a standard, with an option to go all the way up to an 18-core processor complemented with up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory. The new iMac will also have a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and a more "studio-quality" microphone array. The chip also enables some camera improvements, including tone mapping, exposure control and face detection.

In addition to this, the company has updated the 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro as well, both of which start at $1,099 (roughly ₹82,000) and $4,999 (roughly ₹3.7 lakhs) respectively.

For the 21.5-inch iMac model, which starts at $1,099, Apple is swapping out the Fusion Drives as the default storage option for 256GB of SSD.

What about macOS Big Sur?

The new configurations are available to order today and will hit stores (or ship, I suppose) "later this week".

Apple's other iMacs received smaller updates today too.

The all-in-one desktop Mac will start to arrive with customers and in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week, Apple says.

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