If you can Dream it, you can do it on Apple's new 27" iMac that Elevates the Experience in Every Way
Early this morning Apple announced a major update to its 27-inch iMac. It's the all-in-one for all. If you can dream it, you can do it on iMac. It’s beautifully designed, incredibly intuitive, and packed with powerful tools that let you take any idea to the next level. And the new 27-inch model elevates the experience in every way, with faster processors and graphics, expanded memory and storage, enhanced audio and video capabilities, and an even more stunning Retina 5K display. It’s the desktop that does it all — better and faster than ever.
For the consumer using their iMac all day, every day, to the aspiring creative looking for inspiration, to the serious pro pushing the limits of their creativity, the new 27-inch iMac delivers the ultimate desktop experience that is now better in every way.
Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing
"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. 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."
Retina 5K Display Now with True Tone and Nano-Texture Option
It draws you in and blows you away. Everything looks better on a Retina display, with its one billion colors and 500 nits of brightness. Photos and graphics leap off the screen. Text is super-sharp. And for the first time, the 27‑inch iMac features True Tone technology for a more natural viewing experience and a nano-texture glass option to reduce glare to the barest minimum.
Up to 10-Core Processors and More Memory Capacity
Whether composing a new song with hundreds of tracks, compiling thousands of lines of code, or processing large photos with machine learning, the 27-inch iMac, with the latest 6- and 8-core 10th-generation Intel processors, has pro-level performance for a wide range of needs. For pros who need to push iMac even further, the 27-inch iMac has a 10-core processor option for the first time, with Turbo Boost speeds reaching 5.0GHz for up to 65 percent faster CPU performance. And when working with memory-intensive applications, iMac features double the memory capacity for up to 128GB.
When compared to the previous-generation 8-core 27-inch iMac, the new iMac delivers:
Up to 65 percent more plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
Up to 40 percent faster 8K ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro X.
Up to 35 percent faster rendering with Arnold in Autodesk Maya.
Up to 25 percent faster build time in Xcode.
Next-Generation AMD Graphics
For GPU-based rendering, editing multiple streams of 4K video, or playing a graphics-intensive game, the 27-inch iMac has more powerful next-generation AMD graphics. iMac delivers up to 55 percent faster graphics performance from its Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, featuring AMD’s latest RDNA architecture with faster, more power-efficient compute units. And for customers using pro apps that can take advantage of large amounts of video memory for even greater performance, iMac features a graphics option with 16GB of memory for the first time — providing double the video memory capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.
When compared to the previous-generation 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, the new iMac delivers:
Up to 55 percent faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender.
Up to 50 percent faster demo fly-through in Unity Editor.
Up to 45 percent faster performance in "Total War: Three Kingdoms."
Up to 30 percent faster timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X.
SSDs and Apple T2 Security Chip Across the Line
The 27-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs across the line, delivering blazing-fast performance up to 3.4GB/s for launching applications and opening large files. For users who need massive amounts of storage, iMac also features an 8TB SSD option for the first time — four times the SSD capacity of the previous-generation 27-inch iMac.
iMac also includes the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed, second-generation silicon. The storage controller in the T2 Security Chip provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD, so files and data are safe and secure. And the T2 chip also checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with, giving the 27-inch iMac, and any Mac with the T2 chip, the most secure storage and boot process of any computer.
Improved Camera, Higher Fidelity Speakers, and Studio-Quality Mics
For customers using their iMac more than ever to connect with friends, family, and colleagues, the FaceTime HD camera now features 1080p resolution, while the Image Signal Processor in the T2 Security Chip brings tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection for a much higher quality camera experience. To complement the improved camera, the T2 Security Chip also works with the speakers to enable variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass. In addition, a new studio-quality microphone array enables users to capture high-quality audio for improved FaceTime calls, podcast recordings, Voice Memos, and more, right on their iMac.
Packed with ports. And possibilities. Every iMac features two super-fast Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and four USB-A ports, giving you plenty of high-performance options for connecting external drives, cameras, displays, and more. All iMac models come with a 1Gb Ethernet port, and now you can configure the 27‑inch iMac with 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times the throughput of the previous generation. Ultra-fast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standard on every iMac, and the 27‑inch model features Bluetooth 5.0, so you’re instantly connected to your favorite content and wireless devices.
Updates to 21.5-Inch iMac and iMac Pro
Apple today also announced that its 21.5-inch iMac will come standard with SSDs across the line for the first time. Customers can also choose to configure their 21.5-inch iMac with a Fusion Drive.
iMac Pro now comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor. Designed for pro users who require workstation-class performance, iMac Pro features Xeon processors up to 18 cores, graphics performance up to 22 teraflops, up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display.
macOS Big Sur Coming This Fall
This fall, iMac can be updated at no cost with macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. macOS Big Sur introduces a beautiful redesign that is entirely new yet instantly familiar, along with powerful enhancements to key apps. Safari is packed with new features, including a customizable start page, more powerful tabs, built-in translation, and a new Privacy Report. The updated Messages app lets users send more personal and expressive messages, and easily keep track of and interact within group messages. Maps also offers an all-new experience with immersive features for exploring and navigating the world.
Pricing and Availability
Starting at US$1,799, the new 27-inch iMac is available to order today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. It will begin arriving to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers starting this week.
Starting at US$1,099 and US$4,999, respectively, the updated models of the 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro will be available to order today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app, and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers beginning next week.
Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options, and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.