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Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard

Added 08-04-20 11:09:02am EST - “Apple today announced a new addition to its Mac line. No, the exterior design still hasn't changed, but under the hood the company is touting new processors and graphics; a higher-res webcam with improved low-light performance; and…” - Engadget.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple today announced a new addition to its Mac line. No, it’s not one of those newfangled ARM machines you’ve heard so much about. It’s a refreshed 27-inch iMac, bringing slightly more than the usual CPU upgrades. No, the exterior design still hasn’t changed, but under the hood the company is touting new processors and graphics; a higher-res webcam with improved low-light performance; and a new audio setup that borrows the “studio-quality” mic array already found on select MacBook Pros. Most importantly, perhaps, Apple is finally (finally) making SSDs standard across the line, for both the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs.

Starting with those chips, we’re looking at 10th-generation Intel “Comet Lake” processors. Depending on which off-the-shelf configuration you buy it’ll be a six- or eight-core CPU, but there’s also a 10-core processor available as an upgrade option. As for graphics, the vanilla configurations have either an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 card or Radeon Pro 5500 XT, both 7-nanometer GPUs built on AMD’s RDNA architecture. From there, you can upgrade to the 5700 or 5700 XT. The 5700 XT will have 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM, making this the first time the 27-inch iMac line has maxed out with quite that much graphics memory.

Again, SSDs are standard here and again, this should have happened a long time ago. Depending on which configuration you choose, you’re starting with 256GB or 512GB, but from there you can go all the way up to 8TB. If that sounds like a lot, it is — previously, the 27-inch iMac topped out at 2TB. Interestingly, because of that shift from Fusion Drives to SSDs, the weight is a little lighter this time around (19.7 pounds), even though the machine is otherwise identical at a glance to its predecessor.

As for memory, we’re dialing it up to 11, by which I mean you can, if you so choose, build your machine with 128GB. (The previous limit for this machine was 64GB.) Of course, at the entry-level price you’re starting with much less: eight gigs.

It would be difficult to improve on the 27-inch iMac’s 5K Retina display and indeed, the changes here are subtle. The first is the addition of Apple’s auto-adjusting True Tone technology, which is so ubiquitous on the company’s smaller-screen computers that I was surprised to be reminded that the biggest iMac didn’t yet have it. I suppose that’ll come in handy in this work-from-home era, particularly for folks whose desk sits near a window. Additionally, Apple is offering a nano texture finish for improved glare reduction, but bear in mind that’s a $500 upgrade.

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