Apple Updates iMac Lineup with Big Graphics Boost and Display Upgrade
Better graphics, faster processors, and brighter displays: the long-awaited pro-level iMac upgrade has arrived! Announced today during Apple’s WWDC keynote, professional photographers and filmmakers will be much happier with the latest batch of all-in-ones from Cupertino.
Before you turn them on, you won’t notice much difference between this batch of iMacs and the last: with one exception (more on the ultra-powerful iMac Pro here) the new lineup looks exactly the same as the old. But inside, they’ve been completely overhauled with up to 3x the graphics power, a big processor boost, and the best and brightest 4K and 5K displays Apple has ever made.
First, let’s talk displays. The new panels inside Apple’s 4K 21.5-inch and 5K 27-inch iMacs produce 500 nits of luminance and support up to 1 billion colors. That’s a full 43% brighter than the last generation and whole lot more colorful.
That brighter display is powered by better graphics as well. Only the bottom end, the 21.5-inch non-4K version, misses out on discreet graphics. Step up to the 4K 21.5-inch and you can get either a Radeon Pro 555 or 560 card, and if you upgrade further to the 27-inch iMacs, they come with either a Radeon Pro 570, 575, or 580 GPU.
Finally, the processor got a big boost as well. All of the new iMacs sport Intel’s Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, which can support a maximum of 32GB of RAM on the 21.5-inch and 64GB on the 27-inch. And if you want speed from your storage, you’ll be happy to know that all 27-inch models and the top of the line 21.5-inch model comes with a Fusion Drive standard, and all the iMacs now come with Thunderbolt 3.
There’s no denying Apple brought the goods to the newest iMacs, and they did it without going crazy with price hikes.
The new lineup starts at $1100 for the bottom end 21.5-inch, $1300 for the 4K 21.5-inch, and $1800 for the most affordable 27-inch. You can compare specs, configurations, and prices at this link.
Pre-orders start online today, and you’ll be able to purchase the new iMacs in your local Apple store starting Wednesday June 7th.