Apple Gives iMac Lineup a Refresh: Better Displays, Faster CPU and Storage

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Apple didn’t just update it’s MacBooks, but also announced a new lineup of iMacs for this year’s WWDC.

Except for the entry level model, all other new iMacs are now equipped with brighter retina displays (up to 43%) which can reproduce 1 billion colors. The 21.5-inch retina models will still offer 4K resolution, while the 27-inch models can go up to a whopping 5K resolution (5,120 x 2,880 pixels).

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All the new iMacs now come with Intel Kaby Lake processors, and up to 32GB of RAM on the 21.5-inch models, and 64GB on the 27-inch models.

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Storage-wise, the 27-inch models and the top tier 21.5-inch model will come with Fusion Drives as standard along with 50% faster SSDs.

There’s also a significant improvement in graphics performance, around 80% to be exact. This is all thanks to discrete Radeon Pro graphics cards which comes with all the standard iMacs. The 4K models will ship with a discrete Radeon Pro 555 and 560 with 4GB of VRAM.

The 27-inch models will come with Radeon Pro 570, 575 and 580 discrete graphics cards with up to 8GB of VRAM. In general, this major bump in graphics performance enables the new iMacs to render VR content with ease. The entry-level iMac will host Intel’s Iris Plus graphics.

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The new iMacs will also sport a Thunderbolt 3 port, which can also be used as a USB Type-C port.

So to summarize, here are some key features and improvements of the new iMacs:

  • Up to 43% brighter retina displays (500 nits)
  • Intel Kaby Lake CPUs
  • Up to 32GB and 64GB of RAM for 21.5-inch and 27-inch models respectively
  • Fusion Drives as standard for top tier 21.5-inch model, and all 27-inch models
  • Up to 50% faster SSD performance
  • Discrete Radeon Pro Graphics Cards for all new models except entry level model (Intel Iris Pro)
  • Thunderbolt 3 Port

Source: Macworld

Photos: The Verge






Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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