Steve August 5, 2020
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Apple has upgraded its iMac range.

The 27-inch model now offers tenth-gen Intel Core i5 processors with six or eight cores at 3.1GHz or 3.3GHz, or a Core i7 with eight cores and 3.8GHZ clockspeed that bursts to 5.0GHz. Apple’s specs suggest the Core i5 on offer are the model 10500 and 10600, but the specs offered for the i7 match no products mentioned on Intel’s Ark list, which mentions the 10700K and 10700KF as offering the eight cores and base speed of 3.8GHz that Apple advertises. The Core i5 models offer the Radeon Pro 5300 GPU and the i7-equipped machine adopts the Radeon Pro 5500 XT.

There’s also an option to add what Apple calls a “nano-texture glass option” that enhances brightness, colours and contrast and has previously only graced Apple’s $US4,999 Pro Display XDR. It’s a $500 addition to the new 27-incher.

The iMac Pro now offers a 10-core 3.0GHz Xeon as its base configuration.

The 21-inch iMac has gained solid-state disks as standard.

Prices start at $1,099 for the 21-incher, $1,799 for the 27-incher and $4,999 for the iMac Pro.

All of which is lovely. But also disappointing because Apple has promised that it will soon offer its own Arm-based silicon across the Mac range and that doing so will make the machines mightier and more interesting than merely adding this year’s Core product.

Apple fanbois may disagree and make what could well be the last ever Intel-powered iMac upgrade a collectors’ item. ®

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