This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple announced a major update to its 27-inch iMac. The processor has evolved to a 10th generation Core processor, and storage is now standard with an SSD instead of the previous Fusion Drive. The display has an optional Pro Display XDR-derived nano-texture glass to minimize glare.
It's already available online at the Apple Store, with prices starting at 194,800 yen excluding tax. The delivery date is August 7, 2020 at the time of writing, so if you order now, you could receive it by the weekend.
The new 27-inch iMac is available in three models, depending on the 10th generation Core processor specifications: the 6-core 3.1GHz (up to 4.5GHz) Core i5, 6-core 3.3GHz (up to 4.8GHz) Core i5 and 8-core 3.8GHz (up to 5GHz), respectively. The top two models are also available with an optional 10-core 3.6GHz (up to 5GHz) Core i9. The GPU has also changed from the Radeon Pro 500s to the Radeon Pro 5300s, with the two Core i5-powered models powered by the Radeon Pro 5300 (4GB GDDR6) and the Core i7 model powered by the Radeon Pro 5500 XT (8GB GDDR6). Only the Core i7 model is available with the option of the Radeon Pro 5700 (8GB GDDR6) or Radeon Pro 5700 XT (16GB GDDR6).
For storage, previous iMacs came standard with Fusion Drive, a hybrid flash storage/HDD variant, but it's been replaced with SSDs for faster access. Fusion Drive has been retired for the 2019 model year. What's interesting, as far as the spec sheet is concerned, is that the cheapest 3.1GHz Core i5 model has a somewhat unreliable 256GB SSD, but you can't choose a larger capacity option. If you're too concerned about the price at the time of purchase, you may soon have to get an external drive. On the other hand, you can specify the option of an SSD up to 2TB for the 3.3GHz Core i5 model and up to 8TB for the 3.8GHz Core i7 model.
All of them have 8GB of RAM as standard and up to 128GB as an option.
In addition, the FaceTime HD camera resolution has (finally) changed from 720p to 1080p, and the wired LAN port is also available with 10GbE as an option.
Prices, excluding tax, are ¥194,800 for the 6-core 3.1 GHz Core i5-equipped model, ¥216,800 for the 6-core 3.3 GHz Core i5-equipped model and ¥249,800 for the 8-core 3.8 GHz Core i7-equipped model. Optional Nano-texture glass will set you back an extra 50,000 yen. If you choose the best of all performance options for the unit (Core i9, 128 GB RAM, Radeon Pro 5700 XT, 8 TB SSD, 10 GbE, and Nano-texture glass), the price is ¥890,800.
Apple announced at WWDC in June that it will be converting the Mac to its own CPU, Apple Silicon, which uses Arm Architecture. However, for creators who want to do heavy workloads such as video editing, stable operation is a top priority. In that respect, the new 27-inch iMac should be a safe machine to use, and with the latest CPU and SSD, you should be able to feel its speed and stability.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.