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Apple updates 4K and 5K iMacs with new Intel processors and AMD graphics

By Kenny Yeo - on 19 Mar 2019, 9:25pm

Apple updates 4K and 5K iMacs with new Intel processors and AMD graphics

(Image source: Apple)

We got new iPads yesterday and today we are getting new iMacs.

The 21.5-inch 4K iMacs and 27-inch 5K iMacs are both getting processor upgrades in the form of new CPUs and GPUs.

We begin with the smaller 21.5-inch 4K iMacs. These will be powered by Intel's newest 8th-generation Core processors. And for the first time, there will be a 6-core model for those who demand extreme performance. All processors are based on the Coffee Lake architecture.

Along with the new processors, these iMacs will also be getting GPU upgrades in the form of AMD's Radeon Pro graphics. Radeon Pro Vega graphics are available as a custom build option.

8GB of DDR4 memory will come as standard as will a 1TB HDD or Fusion Drive. Of course, these can be configured to your requirements. The maximum is 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. But be warned, these will cost you.

I/O ports are unchanged, so you will get two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack.

Prices of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac will start at S$1,899 and will increase depending on your customization options.

(Image source: Apple)

The larger 27-inch 5K iMac will be getting 6-core processors across the board. There are three standard config models available and confusingly (blame Intel for all this), the entry and mid-level models will get 8th generation processors while the high-end model gets a 9th generation processor (but still 6-core). For those who demand more performance, 8-core processors are available as a custom build option. All are based on the Coffee Lake architecture.

All three will get Radeon Pro graphics as standard and the more powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics are available as a custom build option.

All three models will also get 8GB of memory as standard. As for storage, the entry and mid-level models will get 1TB Fusion Drives while the high-end model gets a 2TB Fusion Drive. For users who want more, a maximum of 64GB of memory is possible as is a 1TB SSD. Again, these options will likely be very pricey.

Connectivity is the same, so you will find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack round the back.

Prices of the 27-inch 5K iMac will start at S$2,599 and will increase depending on your customization options.

The new iMacs are will be available to order later this month. They will also appear in the Apple Store and other authorized resellers later this month.

To end, the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac and the iMac Pro were not updated. For more information and to order, go to Apple.com.

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