Apple has announced this morning updates to the 4K and 5K iMac lineup. The updates bring performance improvements thanks to the inclusion of Intel 8th and 9th generation processors as well as, for the first time, Vega graphics options. The updated hardware variants are already on the Apple Store now and start at $1299 for the 4K 21.5″ model with the 5K 27″ model starting at $1799.
Apple is indicating that in some cases, the updated processors from Intel will bring up to 60% faster performance thanks to the 8th generation 6-core processor.
With updated processors across the line, customers will experience dramatically faster performance for a wide range of everyday computing tasks, from editing photos to playing demanding games, composing music or even creating a feature film.
The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th-generation quad-core, and for the first time 6-core processors, delivering up to 60 percent faster performance.1
The 27-inch iMac now for the first time features up to 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors, delivering up to 2.4 times faster performance.1
Perhaps the biggest news is that Radeon Pro Vega are now an option on both the 21.5″ and 27″ iMac models for the first time. These advanced graphics options have been available on the iMac Pro and MacBook Pro but not on the entry level models. For the 21.5″ model, the Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory is standard. On the 27″, you get the Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. In both cases, you can bump up to higher level graphics cards if you want to – and have the cash for it.