Apple updates 27-inch iMac, not the update we were hoping for

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Apple has officially released the new 27-inch iMac updated with 10th-generation Intel Core processors ranging from a 6-core model to a 10-core model. The new model also features Apple’s Nano Texture display option from the Pro Display XDR. But, this isn’t the update we were hoping for.

The highly anticipated redesigned iMac, this is not. Apple, instead, made a spec-bump to their aging, but still beautiful, iMac design.

These new models are equipped with either a 6-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i5, a 3.3GHz 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, or a 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. An optional 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor is also available.

These models can be configured with up to 128 GB DDR4 memory.

The 27-inch Retina display still features the same beautiful 5K display, but now has option to add a Nano Texture display. This display is the same option found on the $5999 Pro Display XDR. On the iMac, this is a $500 option (Pro Display XDR is $1000). Models also feature True-Tone.

Apple also (finally) equipped this new iMac with a 1080p iSight camera for video-conferencing, FaceTime, etc.

“Now more than ever, our customers are relying on the Mac. And many of them need the most powerful and capable iMac we’ve ever made,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “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.”

Gone are the days of hard-drive and Fusion drives, these 27-inch models are equipped with SSD’s across the board, and can be optioned up to 8 TB. These models also feature Apple’s T2 security chip, ensuring your hard-drive is encrypted.

27-inch models feature a new studio-quality microphone array, higher fidelity speakers thanks to the T2 chip being able to automatically adjust EQ for deeper bass, higher fidelity, and balance.

These models start at $1,799, $1,999, and $2,199 respectively. A fully-loaded model costs upwards of $8,000. You can order them now, and will be available later this week. The 21.5-inch models feature SSD’s across the board, but keep the older 8th-generation chips.

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