Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with improved hardware
August 5, 2020

Faster SSDs, 5K Retina display, and a new camera.

An upgraded iMac, dubbed as the most powerful iMac ever released, was just announced by Apple yesterday. The new hardware includes up to a 10-core Intel processor, superfast SSDs, AMD graphics, and a new nano-texture glass option on the display. Apple has also updated the FaceTime HD to 1080p resolution that also includes new high-fidelity speakers and studio-quality mics.

“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, an 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.”

In comparison to the previous 27-inch iMac that came with an 8-core CPU, this new iMac is able to deliver:

  • 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.

Additionally, the new AMD graphics now enable up to a 55 percent faster graphics performance compared to the Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics used in the previous generation. Video memory can also be upgraded up to 16GB, double of what the previous iMac offered.

The 27-inch iMac also comes with a new SSD that delivers up to 3.5GB/s performance along with a larger 8TB option. Then there’s the Apple T2 Security Chip, a custom-designed, second-generation controller where it provided on-the-fly data encryption on all files stored on the SSD.

The 5K Retina display can offer up to 500 nits of brightness and has support for P3 wide color. The increased resolution means you can also edit a 4K video at full resolution with extra room to spare. Aside from True Tone support, the new iMac’s display can also be offered with a nano-texture option first introduced on the Pro Display XDR. 

The smaller 21.5-inch iMac also got a few upgrades that include a now-standard SSDs across the entire line. There’s also an option to configure it with a Fusion Drive.

The iMac Pro now comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor made for prousers. The upgraded hardware means that it can support up to 18 cores, with graphics performance of up to 22 teraflops, and up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory. 

The 27-inch iMac and 21.-5-inch iMac are now available for pre-order starting at 7,599 AED and 6,299 AED respectively. The iMac Pro starts at 20,999.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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