Apple updates its 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac with new processors and better webcams. They may look the same on the outside, but with standard over-the-line SSDs and new configuration options, your choices are better than ever.
Today̵7;s iMac update does not include a new design, so hopefully you like the large frame and the prominent chin. However, given the current pandemic and the greater need for video calling, the updated webcams should be welcome. Gone is the 720p webcam, and instead there is a 1080p webcam with face detection.
It does not unlock your iMac, Apple says most people use their Apple Watch for it, but it will detect if your face drifts out of sight during a call. This is partly thanks to an image signal processor in the T2 Security Chip, which provides tone mapping, exposure control and the previously mentioned face detection.
Previously, the default choice for storage on iMacs was a fusion hard drive, but now SSDs are standard across the board. You start at 256 GB in the default configuration, but you can upgrade to more storage. If you prefer Fusion drives, you can switch to 1 TB for the same cost as the standard 256 GB SSD.
Standard models include Intel’s 6 and 8 core models, but you can go for a 10-core i9 processor if your budget allows it. Similarly, start with AMD’s Radeon 5300 or 5500XT, and you can upgrade to 5700XT with 16 GB VRAM. Your iMac has 8 GB of RAM, but you can go up to 128 GB of RAM if you want a version of Chrome that can handle your tabs.
Other upgrades include 10-gigabit Ethernet and a $ 500 nano-texture coating, seen on Apple’s Pro Display XDR. The nano-texture coating blocks light from the sun or bright rooms so you can see regardless of the work environment.
The 27-inch iMac starts at $ 1,799, and if you need something smaller, the 21.5-inch iMac starts at $ 1,099. You can order the new iMacs today with an expected delivery time next week.