After a really long wait, Apple finally decided to refresh its regular 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac range. The new 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models are claimed to deliver a dramatic boost in both compute and graphics performance compared to the previous generation models.
The 21.5-inch iMac now comes with an 8th-generation quad-core Core i3 or six-core Core i5 processor. Thanks to the upgraded processors, Apple claims the new model delivers up to 60 percent faster performance than its predecessor. Moving on to graphics, the 21.5-inch iMac will now come with a Radeon Pro 560X in the top-end configuration. The base variant, on the other hand, will include the less powerful Radeon Pro 550X. However, Apple will let you customize it with up to a six-core Core i7 processor, Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU with 4GB HBM2 memory, and 32GB RAM.
Apple has upgraded the 27-inch iMac with up to eight-core Intel Core i9 processors. The two lower configurations, however, include 8th Generation six-core Core i5 processors instead. As for graphics, Apple is offering Radeon Pro 570X, 575X, and 580X GPU options with the prebuilt options. If you decide to customize your 27-inch iMac, you can go with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU with 8GB of HBM2 memory.
Moving on to storage, the base variant of the new 27-inch iMac packs 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Apple fusion drive. However, you do get the option of going with up to 64GB of RAM and a 3TB fusion drive or 1TB SSD. The base configuration of the 21.5-inch iMac comes with 8GB of RAM and a regular 1TB hard drive.
The updated 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at $1,299 in the US, while the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at $1,799. Both new iMacs are now available for purchase from apple.com as well as the Apple Store app. You will be able to pick them up from an Apple Store or Apple authorized reseller near you starting next week.