KEY POINTS

  • Apple has announced a new iMac
  • This is not the iMac that was subject to rumors in recent weeks
  • The new iMac features major upgrades compared to current models

Apple has announced that a new 27-inch iMac is now available to order. This refreshed model does not feature the major redesign and ARM chips that have been the topic of conversation until now, but it does come with some interesting upgrades that will attract those looking for more power and speed sans the new look.

Apple said the 27-inch iMac now comes with a 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake processor. It also comes with Solid State Drives as standard and an improved camera for FaceTime.

The iMac brings many other improvements over the previous 27-inch model. Here's a quick look.

A new processor

Per the Cupertino tech giant, the new 27-incher can come with a processor that has six, eight or 10 cores depending on the buyer's preference and budget. Users can pair this with an AMD GPU, ranging from the Radeon Pro 5300 or Radeon Pro 5500 XT to the more expensively powerful Radeon Pro 5700 or 5700 XT – the latter of which features 16GB of GDDR6 video memory.

Bigger RAM

While the new iMac comes with 8GB of memory as the base, buyers can max it out to 128GB if they want insane memory allocation. This, of course, comes at a cost – $2,600 – unless buyers opt for third-party memory that can be purchased online via Amazon.

Faster storage

Buyers won't have to worry about choosing between Fusion Drives and SSD as the latter becomes standard for both the 27- and 21-inch iMac. Buyers can start with 256GB SSD and upgrade it to as much as 8TB.

T2 Chip

The new 27-inch iMac now features the T2 security chip. Aside from offering encrypted storage and secure commands for Siri, the T2 chip also helps improve camera performance, enhanced microphone and speaker performance and more.

Improved display

Apple equipped the new 27-inch iMac with a 5K Retina display that boasts of a billion colors. This display now offers True Tone technology.

Buyers with $500 to spare (after the other essential upgrades) can opt to get the display coated with Apple's nano texture finish so that it will have better glare reduction properties, Engadget noted.

Apple_imac-macos-posterdraft-adobebridge_08042020 Apple's 27-inch iMac, released August 2020. Photo: Apple