Apple 27-inch iMac Launched with Intel Processors and SSD: Price, Specs, Variants and More

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The ultimate desktop now features much faster performance, SSDs across the line, an even more stunning Retina 5K display, and higher quality camera, speakers, and mics.

Today Apple announced a major update to its 27-inch iMac. Which is a powerful iMac, featuring a much faster Intel processor 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 (its nonreflective, matte texture option) option for a stunning 5K Retina display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality microphones.

“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, and 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.” said Apple on there new release of 27-inch iMac.

Variants

Base Model:

CPU3.1GHz 6-Core Proc3.1GHz 6-core 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
GPURadeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
Storage256 GB
DisplayRetina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display with True Tone (optional Nano-Texture Glass)
Memory8 / 16 / 32 / 64 / 128 GB 2666Mhz DDR4
EthernetGigabit Ethernet / 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Mouse or TrackpadMagic Mouse 2 / Magic Trackpad 2 / Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2
Price Starting $1,799.00

Mid-Tier Model:

CPU3.3GHz 6-core 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
3.6GHz 10-core 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
GPURadeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
Storage512GB / 1TB / 2TB
DisplayRetina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display with True Tone (optional Nano-Texture Glass)
Memory8 / 16 / 32 / 64 / 128 GB 2666Mhz DDR4
EthernetGigabit Ethernet / 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Mouse or TrackpadMagic Mouse 2 / Magic Trackpad 2 / Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2
PriceStarting $1,999.00

Top Tier Model:

CPU3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
3.6GHz 10-core 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz
GPURadeon Pro 5500 XT with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Radeon Pro 5700 with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory
Storage512GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB / 8TB
DisplayRetina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 display with True Tone (optional Nano-Texture Glass)
Memory8 / 16 / 32 / 64 / 128 GB 2666Mhz DDR4
EthernetGigabit Ethernet / 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Mouse or TrackpadMagic Mouse 2 / Magic Trackpad 2 / Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2
PriceStarting $2,299.00

With up to 10-Core Processors and More Memory Capacity

The Apple 27-inch iMac, with 6-core and 8-core latest 10th-generation Intel processors, having a next-level performance for a wide range of needs. And for power users who need to get most of their iMac, can have a 10-core processor option for the first time, with Turbo Boost speeds reaching 5.0GHz for up to 65 percent faster CPU performance. And to handle heavy workloads or memory-intensive applications, iMac now comes twice the memory capacity for up to 128GB. When compared to the previous-generation 8-core 27-inch iMac.

The new 27-inch iMac vs old iMac:

  • Up to 65 percent more plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • Up to 40 percent faster 8K ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Up to 35 percent faster rendering with Arnold in Autodesk Maya.
  • Up to 25 percent faster build time in Xcode.

Next-Gen AMD Radeon Graphics

For GPU-based rendering like editing or rendering multiple 4K videos, or playing AAA games, the 27-inch iMac can handle with next-gen AMD Radeon graphics. According to Apple, the new iMac delivers up to 55% faster graphics performance from its Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, featuring AMD’s latest RDNA architecture with faster, more power-efficient computing units. iMac features a graphics option with 16GB of memory which is double the video memory capacity from the previous iMac helping Pro apps users to take advantage of large amounts of video memory for even greater performance.

The new 27-inch iMac vs old iMac:

  • Up to 55 percent faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender.
  • Up to 50 percent faster demo fly-through in Unity Editor.
  • Up to 45 percent faster performance in “Total War: Three Kingdoms.”
  • Up to 30 percent faster timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X.

SSDs and Apple T2 Security Chip

The new Apple 27-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs in all the models which mean no more Fusion Drive. The new SSD’s deliver performance up to 3.4GB/s for launching applications and opening large files. iMac can also be upgraded up to 8TB SSD option which is 4 times the SSD capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac. The new iMac also includes the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed, second-generation silicon. The storage controller in the T2 Security Chip provides encryption of data on SSD making files and data safe and secure. And the T2 chip also checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with, giving the 27-inch iMac, and any Mac with the T2 chip, the most secure storage, and boot process of any computer.

True Tone Retina 5K Display with Nano-Texture Option

With 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and support for P3 wide color, the Retina display on iMac gives a great viewing experience. All those pixels, colors result in sharp images with more detail, and the ability to edit 4K video at full resolution. And now the stunning Retina 5K display on the 27-inch iMac features True Tone technology, which adjusts the color temperature automatically of the display to match the user’s ambient lighting. 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. Unlike typical matte finishes that have a coating added to the surface to scatter light, this industry-leading option is produced through an innovative process that etches the glass itself at the nanometer level. Resulting in extremely low reflectivity and less glare while maintaining stellar image quality and contrast of a Retina 5K display.

Improved Camera, Higher Fidelity Speakers, and Studio-Quality Mics

Now connect with friends, family, and colleagues using the new 1080p resolution FaceTime HD camera, while the Image Signal Processor in the T2 Security Chip brings tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection for a much higher quality camera experience. The T2 Security Chip also works with the speakers to enable variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass. Also, a new studio-quality microphone array enables users to capture high-quality audio for improved FaceTime calls, podcast recordings, Voice Memos, and more, right on their iMac.

Updates to 21.5-Inch iMac and iMac Pro

Apple today also announced that its 21.5-inch iMac will come standard with SSDs on all models. Users can also choose to configure their 21.5-inch iMac with a Fusion Drive.iMac Pro now comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor. Designed for pro users who require workstation-class performance, iMac Pro features Xeon processors up to 18 cores, graphics performance up to 22 teraflops, up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display.

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