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Apple has just refreshed its line of iMac all-in-one desktop computers, making another understated announcement in what appears to be a week of spring hardware updates for the company.
The iMac updates are largely around processing power, which nudge the machine closer to the performance levels of what you might consider a “pro” computer. But Apple is still carefully differentiating between a desktop that will appeal to families and small businesses, and the kind of iMac iPro that creative professionals will pay top dollar for.
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The 21.5-inch iMac, the smaller desktop, previously came in two models: one without a “Retina” display and starting at $1,099, and another model with a 4K Retina display and a $1,299 starting price. The non-Retina, 21.5-inch Mac will stay the same. The 4K, 21.5-inch machine now comes with the option of a six-core, eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.6 gigahertz. It can also be configured with a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card, the same option that’s available on Apple’s top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The 27-inch iMac, which has a 5K display, will have even more oomph. It’s configurable up to an eight-core, ninth-generation Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. This is the first Mac, desktop or otherwise, to run on Intel’s ninth-generation processors, the latest from the chip maker.
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The 27-inch iMac will also ship with the option of a Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics card with 8 gigabytes of high-bandwidth memory. This is not only a notable update from the Radeon Pro graphics cards it shipped with before, it’s also nearing the graphics capabilities of the 27-inch iMac Pro, which ships with a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor and 8 gigabytes of high-bandwidth memory.
Both go on sale today and will show up in Apple Stores next...
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