Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple rolls out first update to iMac desktop in almost two years

Apple rolls out first update to iMac desktop in almost two years

Pricing starts at $1,299 for the new 21.5-inch iMac with the base configuration 27-inch iMac commanding $1,799. Apple claims 80 percent faster graphics performance in the 21.5-inch version while the Radeon Pro Vega now delivers up to 50 percent faster graphics performance in the 27-inch iMac. Both are available starting next week, through Apple Authorised Resellers.

With the refresh, Apple says the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display and new Intel hexa-core processor will offer up to 60 percent faster performance.

Just a day after the unveiling of the new iPad Air and iPad mini, Apple today has made another surprise announcement by revealing the newly updated iMac.

The entry-level 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display, meanwhile, comes equipped with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor at 3.1GHz, 8GB of 2,666MHz memory and Radeon Pro 575X graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The updates are aimed at bridging the gap between the iMac range and the ultra-high spec iMac Pro.

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As expected, these new iMacs feature Retina display with up to 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut and an incredible viewing angle.

In both regions, the new iMac models will be available from authorised Apple resellers from next week, though in the U.S., they will also be available via Apple.com and Apple Stores.

Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services. In the U.S., it is priced starting at $1,299 (roughly Rs. 89,600). The new Apple iMac lineup offers support of up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors along with Vega graphics options. The base version has 8GB RAM.

Apple on Tuesday rejuvenated its standard iMac with faster Intel processors and AMD graphics, giving the line a much needed performance boost that's almost two years in the making.

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