Apple has updated its online store with new iMacs having the same design but new internals. The 21.5-inch iMac features 8th generation Intel CPU with Quad-Core and Six-Core SKU. The 27-inch iMac on the other side supports a 9th generation Intel CPU with 6-core and 8-core configurations. As Apple states, the new iMacs provide two times faster performance than the previous generation iMacs, thanks to the brand new processors.
The 21.5-inch Mac costs $1299 and for that amount of money you get a 3.6GHz 8th generation Intel i3 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive and Radeon Pro 555X graphics.
For $1799, the base model 27-inch iMac offers a 3GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and a Radeon Pro 570X GPU.
The Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU upgrade costs $450 built-to-order and it is not included in any basic version of iMac configuration.
The iMacs continue to feature spinning hard drives in the Fusion Drive enclosure, so the death of the HDD hasn’t arrived yet. You can of course configure the iMacs with SSDs, up to 2 TB capacity.
The fact that the Fusion Drive lives on is probably the reason why the iMacs have not adopted the T2 security chip seen in the iMac Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The T2 can only interface with solid storage, meaning the Fusion Drive is incompatible unless Apple dedicated a team to develop driver support for the legacy platters — something the company has shown no sign of doing.
Speaking of legacy, Apple still sells a non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac for $1099.
The latest episode of the Upgrade podcast this week includes an interview with Colleen Novielli, Apple’s iMac Product Manager. Interestingly, Apple did not do its usual ceremony of taking the Apple Store down for this announcement, presumably because it was relatively minor. The store did go down yesterday, to signal the launch of the new iPad mini and iPad Air.
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