iMac FAQ: Apple introduces significant upgrades to the 27-inch iMac; also updates 21.5-inch models and iMac Pro

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

If you’re in the market for an iMac, this guide will help you make the right choice. Apple has three versions of the iMac: the standard iMac, the iMac with Retina display, and the iMac Pro.

Updated 08/04/20: Apple has updated the 27-inch iMac with an improved True Tone display, 10th-generation Intel CPUs, Radeon 5000 GPUs, and better microphone, speakers, and camera. The iMac Pro’s base model is now a 10-core CPU rather than an 8-core CPU.

The latest: A big refresh for the 27-inch iMac

Apple has updated the 27-inch iMac with several improved features and upgraded hardware, though the design remains the same.

  • The standard configuration models feature 6 and 8-core, 10th-generation Intel CPUs. A 10-core option is available.

  • The GPU has been updated to the Radeon Pro 5300 in the 6-core iMacs, while the 8-core model has a Radeon Pro 5500 XT with options for a Radeon Pro 5700 or 5700 XT.

  • SSDs are now standard (no more Fusion Drive), starting at 512GB and going up to 2TB in the 6-core model and 8TB in the 8-core model.

  • The 5K Retina display now has True Tone and a $500 option for the nano-texture glass first introduced in the Pro Display XDR.

  • The FaceTime camera is upgraded to 1080p, and there are improved speakers and a new microphone array. These features seem taken directly from the 2018 iMac Pro.

Upgrades to 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro

Along with updates to the 27-inch iMac on August 4, 2020, Apple made a couple tweaks to its smaller sibling and the iMac Pro.

The 21.5-inch iMacs now feature SSDs standard, though customers can opt to configure with a Fusion Drive if they want to.

The iMac Pro’s base model now features a 10-core Intel CPU rather than an 8-core CPU. The price remains unchanged.