Apple has today updated the iMac. Both 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs have been refreshed with new processors inside, and now come with Intel’s 10th Generation Comet Lake processors. Moreover, in this update Apple has taken the webcam to higher resolution from low-res 720p to 1080p HD sensor.
Although, SSDs are to remain as standard across its devices, however, there are going to be dozens of configurations options. The update also includes a ‘nano-texture’ version with less reflective matte glass.
New iMacs With Old Design
When it comes to design, there is no redesign in the new 2020 iMacs. This could come as a major disappointment for many who were hoping for a sleeker design. Instead, they look the same as their last generation. This includes the ugly (by 2020 standards) large black bezel around the screen and metal chin at the bottom of it.
Although carrying the old design, the new option its users may like is the nano-texture coating, bringing matte options back to iMacs. However, this premium option adds $500 in its price. According to Apple, the iMac is treated similarly to Pro Display XDR, enabling you to have the same benefits e.g. minimal haze and downsides.
A Higher Resolution Webcam More Suited For WFH Needs
Apple users may treat the enhanced webcam resolution as a day-to-day upgrade, however, with the new T2 chip, there is much more in it for the users. Such as tone mapping, exposure control, as well as face detection. Adding more to the features, Apple says now the users will experience better video quality in any video-conferencing app, not only FaceTime.
With the new 2020 iMacs you also get Face Detection feature, however in this case it does not mean Face ID, what it actually means is that iMac will make sure that your face is exposed properly in video calls- it cannot ‘unlock’ the iMac. The new T2 chip does not have upgraded features in the new iMacs like biometric login options, no Face ID, nor any fingerprint sensor. According to Apple, most of its users, use Apple Watch to log in to Mac automatically.
However, the new T2 chip allows some new features that include support for ‘Hey Siri’, the new audio controller with improved audio bass and fidelity at lower volumes, as well as True Tone for the display. In the new iMac we find the new T2 controller and the microphones are updated to a three-mic ‘studio-quality’ array. This should result in improved audio quality for calls and voice recordings.
The New Intel Internals
A big change introduced in 2020 iMacs is the addition of newer Intel chips. The Intel’s 6 and 8-core versions are standard, with 10-core i9 that boosts up to 5.0GHz available as an option.
Standard graphics configurations are going to have AMD’s Radeon 5300 or 5500XT, with the 5700X with 16GB VRAM as an upgraded feature. The new iMacs can be expanded up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM too.
The feature of including SSDs instead of Fusion Drives in the standard configurations is long-awaited. In the base configurations, they will be 256GB. However, in case you need to have more space, without going for bigger SSDs, you can get a 1TB Fusion Drive. For bigger SSDs, the users can go up to massive 8TB memory, if they would like. The SSDs should have 3.4Gbps read/write speed.
Speaking of other configuration options and upgrades, there’s also a 10GB Ethernet port, and the SD card reader can support UHS-II speeds.
Pricing And Availability
To be honest if you are using the previous generation iMac, then chances are you won’t find this new generation worthy of an upgrade. But if you have been waiting for an update to Apple’s all-in-one system for a while, the new iMacs are worth considering.
The new 27-inch iMac’s price starts at $1,799, whereas, you can get 21.5-inch iMac at $1,099. You can learn more about the 2020 iMacs and order one for yourself from Apple’s official website here.
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