Unexpectedly, Apple today announced a seriously upgraded 27-inch iMac and, even more surprisingly, at the same price point!
The new 27-inch iMac 2020 comes with a Retina 5K display, an upgrade that’s paired with some serious horsepower.
“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,” said one of Apple’s reps in the official announcement.
The “blazing performance” part refers to the fact that the new 27-inch iMac now has the new 10-core Intel processors, AMD graphics cards with up to 16 GB of memory and up to 128 GB RAM.
All that means a lot more power for professional users, with Apple saying the new computer can deliver 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 and up to 25 percent faster build time in Xcode.
For videographers, game developers and other artists, Apple says rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender can be up to 55% faster, demo fly-through in Unity Editor is up to 50 percent faster and timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X is up to 30 percent faster.
Oh yes, and let’s not forget storage!
The new 27-inch iMac can be fitted with an 8 TB SSD option, a premiere for Apple users.
Since the macOS Big Sur update is also coming this fall, perhaps it’s time to do a hardware upgrade as well.
The new 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 and is already available on Apple.com.