It seems that Apple really is getting the new product announcements out before their big streaming event on the 25th. It has just announced a refresh with new processors and new GPUs for the iMacs. **New iMac Pro GPU and memory options**
This caught us slightly unaware as it follows the day after the new iPads were announced. It is welcome news anyway, as is any refresh of the current Mac lineup.
Apple is now offering up to 8-Core Intel 9th-generation Processors in the new models:
- 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.
- 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.
“Customers are going to love the huge boost in iMac performance. With up to 8-core processors and powerful Vega graphics, the iMac lineup is stronger than ever,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “With its stunning Retina display, amazing design, twice the performance, and macOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop in the world.”
For us, what is more interesting (as it will directly affect the performance of Final Cut Pro X) is the option of the Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. Apple are claiming that the 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega GPU will deliver up to 50 percent faster graphics performance. Strange that they chose to use DaVinci Resolve for their benchmarking.
Screens and connectivity remain the same, there is no 10GigE port, just GigE.
The new iMacs remain in the same silver colour as before.
The darker cased iMac Pro also gets a new RAM and GPU option. You can now configure the iMac Pro with 256GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC Memory and Radeon Pro Vega 64X with 16GB of HBM2 memory. - If you bank balance will allow!
The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at $1,299 (US) and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at $1,799. All can be ordered from the Apple Store online from today. The non-Retina display iMac configuration continues to be available for $1,099.