New iMac packs faster internals into all-too-familiar shell

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2020 iMac: The new iMac looks just like the old one (only faster).
The new iMac looks just like the old one (only faster).
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The wait for Apple’s newest iMac is over. Cupertino today dropped a faster all-in-one with an even more glorious Retina 5K display, an upgraded 1080p FaceTime camera, and improved speakers and microphones.

You can order your new 27-inch model today, starting from $1,799,

“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 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.”

Apple’s fastest iMac yet

Enabling the performance boost is up to 65% faster Intel processors with up to 10 cores that can reach Turbo Boost speeds of 5GHz. They’re combined with next-generation AMD graphics, super-fast SSDs, and up to 128GB of memory.

For the first time ever in an iMac, you can pack in up to 16GB of video memory, thanks to AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics. They’re built upon AMD’s newest RDNA architecture that uses more power-efficient compute units.

A nano-texture glass option brings an innovative matte finish to the iMac Retina 5K display for extremely low reflectivity while maintaining stellar image quality.
Ooh, nano-texture glass! This feature, introduced on the high-end Pro Display XDR, means better viewing in various lighting.
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On the outside, the 2020 iMac looks identical to its predecessors — a shame for those itching for the big redesign that’s been rumored for some time. But there is an improved Retina 5K display that somewhat makes up for that.

It offers 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, and 500 nits of brightness as standard. But there’s now a brand-new nano-texture option — first introduced with Pro Display XDR — that provides a matte finish for better viewing angles and a significant reduction in reflectivity.

Improved camera, speakers, microphone

Opt for the 8-core iMac and you can expect up to 65% faster rendering for 8K ProRes footage in Final Cut Pro X, up to 25% faster build times in Xcode, Apple says. You can also enabled up to 65% more plug-ins in Logic Pro X.

Now featuring faster processors up to 10 cores, the 27-inch iMac provides pro-level performance across a wide range of needs.
Faster Intel processors with up to 10 cores mean the new 27-inch iMac can handle tough workloads in Logic Pro and other demanding software suites.
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The 2020 iMac also features an Apple T2 Security chip with its own Image Signal Processor that brings tone mapping exposure control, and face detection for a much higher quality camera experience. That’s combined with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera for the first time.

iMac’s speakers have improved, too, with a variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass. And you now get studio-quality microphones, like those in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, for better audio recording.

2020 iMac starting at $1,799

The 2020 iMac lineup starts at $1,799 and now includes solid-state storage drives as standard for both 21.5- and 27-inch models. You can order yours today from the Apple Online Store, and through the Apple Store app.