Apple updated its iMac lineup on Tuesday, March 19 with new models featuring slightly more powerful Intel processors and new AMD graphics cards. While the new iMacs retain the same design, an updated 21.5-inch 4K model now includes eighth-generation Intel processors in a four- or six-core configuration. The new 27-inch 5K models, on the other hand, come with options for ninth-generation six- or eight-core Intel processors.
According to Apple, the switch to eighth-generation processors on the 21.5-inch iMac 4K can offer up to a 60% increase in performance over the last-generation model. As for the 27-inch 5K version, the new ninth generation Intel processor can offer performance up to “2.4 times faster”. Additionally, with the AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics update, Apple promises an 80% increase in graphics performance on the 21.5in iMac 4K and a 50% graphics performance jump with a custom option for GPUs. Radeon Pro Vega 48 now available on the 27 – inch iMac.
Pricing for the base 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display starts at $ 1,300. It is configured with the 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3 quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 2 GB of video memory and a 1 TB hard drive. An upgrade to a model with a 3.6GHz six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro 560X graphics card is also available for an additional $ 200, bringing the final price to $ 1,500.
The larger 27-inch model with a 5K screen starts at $ 1,800. It comes with options for the 3.0GHz six-core Intel Core i5 processor, Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of video memory, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB merge drive. Ninth gen six-core core, an upgrade to $ 2,300 is required. This version comes with 8 GB of RAM, a 2 TB Fusion drive and a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card with 8 GB of video memory.
“Customers will love the huge performance boost from the iMac. With up to 8-core processors and powerful Vega graphics, the iMac line is more powerful than ever. With its stunning Retina display, amazing design, twice the performance, and MacOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop computer in the world, ”said Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Product Marketing at Mac. Apple.
Today’s update comes two years after Apple last updated the standard iMac models. The last refresh was during WWDC in 2017. These are still available through the Apple Store and ship with the slower seventh generation dual-core Intel processors.
Update March 19 to clarify Vega Pro GPUs on 27in iMacs