Apple Updates 27-inch iMac with SSDs, Nano Texture Display, and More

Ruben Fields
August 5, 2020

In the USA, the 27-inch iMac (2020) starts at $1,799 (roughly Rs. 1,34,800), whereas the 21.5-inch iMac (2020) carries a starting price of $1,099 (roughly Rs. 82,300) and the iMac Pro (2020) begins at $4,999 (roughly Rs. 3,74,500). A slightly faster model comes with faster 6-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics and 512GB storage.

Last year, Apple's iMac update left us feeling a bit bummed, because it simply stuffed new chips into an old design.

Faster Intel processors with up to 10 cores mean the new 27-inch iMac can handle tough workloads in Logic Pro and other demanding software suites.

The update includes 10th generation processors, starting with a 3.1 GHz six-core i5 processor with boosts up to 4.5 GHz, ranging to a 3.8 GHz, 8-core i7 processor with boosts up to 5.0 GHz. The new chip also includes an updated image signal processor (ISP) that helps enable tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection through the 1080p FaceTime HD webcam. Apple didn't change the physical build of the computer at all, instead opting for more of an incremental upgrade. There's also an 8TB SSD option for the first time, which is four times the storage available in the previous model. Also, the 27-inch iMac update brings Retina 5K display with True Tone technology. As for graphics, the new iMac will be powered by AMD's Radeon Pro 5000 Series, and for the first time, Apple said you'll have the option for 16GB of memory. But the Pro still has beefier cooling, more CPU cores, and more memory so depending upon your needs that may be more beneficial.

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When working with memory-intensive applications, iMac features double the memory capacity for up to 128GB. Apple still bundles the stock configuration with a paltry 8GB of RAM though. All three new 27-inch iMac models ship with a Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard 2. It can also be configured with a Fusion Drive.

The new iMac offers a nano-texture glass option - first introduced on Pro Display XDR - for even better viewing under various lighting conditions, such as a bright room or indirect sunlight. Its smaller iMac now comes with SSDs as standard and can be configured with a Fusion Drive for price/capacity balance.

This fall, iMac can be updated at no cost with macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system. macOS Big Sur introduces a lovely redesign that is entirely new yet instantly familiar, along with powerful enhancements to key apps. They will arrive in stores next week!

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