APPLE has quietly unveiled brand new iMac computers with supercharged specs.
The new upgrades help close the gap between the hugely popular iMac and the ludicrously powerful iMac Pro.
Apple You can now get the iMac with 9th-gen Intel processors and powerful Vega graphics cards
Apple Apple’s new iMac computers have been upgraded with some seriously powerful hardware
Apple’s iMac is one of the world’s most iconic computers, in part thanks to its very unique design.
So it’s no surprise that Apple has decided to keep the slick look unchanged, and instead upgrade the hardware.
The new models come with boosted processors, as well as various graphics card options for gamers and pro users.
Both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac computers have been updated for 2019, albeit only the models with Retina displays.
Apple The changes affect the 21.5-inch and 27-inch Retina iMac models
Importantly, it’s the first time that iMac has been upgraded with Intel’s latest 9th-generation eight-core processors.
That means they’ll be seriously speedy, and should handle even very difficult tasks with ease.
Helping things along is a powerful optional upgrade to AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics card.
These upgrades are generally aimed at gamers and professionals, and will supercharge the desktop.
Apple’s 21.5-inch model can be upgraded with Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics, giving you 4GB of dedicated memory for your power-hungry tasks.
In a demo seen by The Sun, the computer was able to render the very attractive Divinity: Original Sin video game in 60 frames per second.
Apple is promising 60% faster performance overall, with up to 80% improved graphics performance.
Apple The iMac’s exterior remains unchanged, probably due to its popularity
And for the 27-inch model, Apple has moved from four-core to six-core processors as standard.
And there’s an optional upgrade to Intel’s 8-core i9 processor, which has turbo-boosted clock speeds of up to 5GHz.
Alternatively, you can go for Intel i5 processors, two of which are 8th generation and one of which is 9th generation.
There’s also an option to add Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, with 8GB of dedicated memory and a staggering 7.3 teraflops of graphical computing heft.
According to Apple, you’ll get 2.4 times faster performance (an improvement of about 140%), with Vega driving 50% faster graphics to boot.
The rest of the iMac hardware remains largely the same, which is no bad thing.
You can get up to 14.7million pixels and 1billion colours on a screen capable of 500 nits maximum brightness.
And Apple has retained the sleek aluminium and glass enclosure, which is an impressively thin 5mm.
You can bag a matching Apple wireless keyboard and mouse to boot, which means you’ll only need a single cable running from the back of the machine – a power cord.
All new iMac models run on Apple’s latest macOS Mojave software, and are available to order starting from today.
The 21.5-inch model starts from £1,249, while the larger 27-inch model starts at £1,749.
Apple The iMac tapers to a thickness of around 5mm
The announcement comes just days before Apple is due to host a major press event in California.
The much-hyped launch will likely see Apple announce its long-rumoured TV streaming service to rival Netflix.
It’s expected that the star-studded event will be services-only, which may explain why Apple is quietly launching new products this week.
Only yesterday, Apple unveiled two new tablets – a new iPad Air and the iPad mini 5 – with minimal fanfare.
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