Apple updates iMac 27-inch with faster performance, SSDs, better Retina 5K display, higher quality camera, speakers, mics, and more

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Apple today updated its 27-inch iMac, with faster Intel processors up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, superfast SSDs, four times the storage capacity, a new nano-texture glass option for Retina 5K display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics.

“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,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior
director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “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.”

When compared to the previous-generation 8-core 27-inch iMac, the new iMac delivers:

•  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.

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.

The 27-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs across the line, which delivers fast performance up to 3.4GB/s for launching applications and opening large files according to the company. For users who need massive amounts of storage, iMac also features an 8TB SSD option for the first time which isfour 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.

Starting at $1,799 (US), 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 $1,099
(US) and $4,999 (US), 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.