Apple's new iMacs are the high-end desktop computers Mac fans have been waiting for - and they're available now for $1,299 and up
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- One day after refreshing the iPad lineup, Apple has announced a series of spec bumps for the iMac.
- The new 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs have faster processors, more RAM, and, perhaps more importantly, AMD graphics cards.
- Now is the best time to buy an iMac if you want a high-performance desktop computer with macOS.
If you've considered buying an iMac before, you'll be aware of the different models on offer. There's a smaller, 21.5-inch iMac with a 1,080p display and a 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display. Then there's a 27-inch iMac with a 5K display.
The lower-end, 21.5-inch iMac with a 1,080p display has not been updated, though that doesn't necessarily mean it's not worth buying. It still has a lot to offer for those who want a basic desktop computer with macOS.However, the 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display has gotten some pretty major new specs. The base model now comes with a 3.6GHz 8th-gen Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. It can be upgraded to include up to a 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive.
Perhaps more importantly, you can get this iMac with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, which makes it a much more powerful computer for anyone who needs great graphics processing. Those upgrades will cost you more, though.The new 27-inch iMac is where power really comes into play, though. The base model has an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive, but it can be upgraded to offer an 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, and up to a 2TB solid-state drive. You can also get the 27-inch iMac with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics card, which is a workhorse in the graphics world. Naturally, the spec upgrades cost extra, but if you need the extra processing and graphics power, it's worth it.Advertisement
All-in-all, the new iMac lineup has a lot to offer. Sure, the iMacs didn't get the redesign some people were hoping for, but the iMac is still one of the best-designed, all-in-one computers you can buy, and with these upgrades, the iMac has some of the best specs on the market.
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