Apple has finally updated its 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs after about two years. The small 21.5-inch model now has a basic Intel Quad-Core processor with 3.6 GHz, the 27-inch model even offers a processor with six cores. According to Apple, the computing line should be up to 60 percent higher, depending on the area of application.
The resolution of the 21.5-inch model is 4K, the resolution of the 27-inch model is 5K. The screen brightness of both models is 500 nits.
The updated version of the 27-inch model is available in three equipment variants starting at 2,099 euros. The processor of the basic version offers a clock rate of 3.0 GHz, for 2,299 Euro a processor with 3.1 GHz is installed and in the fastest version for 2,599 the processor clocks with 3.7 GHz. Alternatively, a processor with eight cores is also available, the upgrade of which costs 480 Euro or 600 Euro depending on the equipment version. Compared to its predecessor, Apple promises an increase in performance by a factor of 2.4. 8 GB RAM (DDR4 2,666 MHz) are installed as standard, with a maximum of 1200 Euro for an expensive upgrade of up to 64 GB RAM.
As usual with Apple, some expensive upgrades are also available for the memory equipment. The basic equipment of almost all models is a Fusion Drive with 1 T B capacity, the most expensive 27-inch model has 2 TB available. The combination of SSD and HDD can alternatively be exchanged for pure SSD. Apple charges a proud 1,320 Euro surcharge for the 2 TB model. SSDs with 2 TB capacity for normal computers are offered for about a fifth of the price Apple calls.
The 2,599 Euro top model also allows the built-in Radeon Pro 580X to be replaced with a Radeon Pro Vega 48 (8 GB RAM). The upgrade costs 540 Euro.
The most expensive version of the 27-inch iMac thus costs 6,189 euros.
Visually, there are almost no differences compared to the 2017 model. Both sizes offer four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports for connecting external hardware. There is also a Gigabit LAN port, a jack for headphones and an SDXC card reader.