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Apple Finally Refreshes the iMac with Upgraded Processors and Graphics

Arriving two years after the machine last saw an update.

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Out of the blue, Apple today finally announced it’s upgrading the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, machines that haven’t seen any sort of update since 2017 back at WWDC. We’re talking internal changes only, unfortunately, but it’s better than nothing.

According to Apple, the new 21.5-inch iMac can be configured with up to an 8th-generation six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics, a first for any iMac. Meanwhile, the 27-inch model can be configured with up to a 9th-gen eight-core Intel Core i9 processor, 64GB of RAM, either 3TB of fusion storage or 1TB of SSD storage, and AMD Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics with 8GB of memory.

Apple says with the right configuration, the new iMacs can deliver up to 50 percent faster graphics performance, up to 60 percent faster performance on the 21.5-inch model, and up to 2.4 times the performance on the 27-inch iMac.

In addition to the new upgrades for the standard iMacs, the 2017 iMac Pro is also getting a minor improvement: more RAM. Apple is giving customers the option of configuring the machine with up to 256GB of memory. Of course, this will cost you a whopping $5,200, but if you need the maximum amount of RAM out of your iMac Pro, the option’s there for you.

You also can upgrade your iMac Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics, if you wish.

All in all, the upgrades made to Apple’s iMac line today aren’t all that big a deal. But considering we haven’t seen any upgrades with the iMac in two years time, the media frenzy over the new machines is properly justified.

According to Apple, the new 21.5-inch iMac will start at $1,299. Meanwhile, the 27-inch variant will start at $1,799. Both are available starting today from apple.com.

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