Apple has announced a refresh to the iMac with Intel’s latest 10th-generation chips, a 1080p webcam and other minor changes. The 21.5-inch iMac will be available from $1099, shipping next week and the 27-inch version from $1799 and shipping this week.
Intel 10th generation Comet Lake chips with up to 10 cores are included with both models and will offer 65% improved performance over previous models. Apple also added an option to increase the DDR4 RAM to 128GB.
The webcam is now 1080p and supports face detection, tone-mapping and comes alongside new studio-quality microphones. Apple has also included the T2 Chip which offers improved security and provides “on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD”.
All models now come with 256GB of SSD storage as standard and Apple has stopped using the previous hard drive and Fusion Drive (a mix of an SSD and traditional hard drive) in the lower-end 21.5-inch iMacs.
The 27-inch 5K display has received numerous upgrades, including TrueTone support and an optional nano-texture, which has come from the Pro Display XDR.
Clarification: Apple has not updated the 21.5-inch iMac. This now has the 256GB SSD as standard but still has Intel’s 7th-gen and 8th-gen processors.