A potential new leak has emerged for the iMac 2020, suggesting Apple’s upcoming desktop refresh will see a 10th Generation Intel Core processor and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 GPU.
These details appeared on a Geekbench database (spotted by Tom’s Hardware and renowned leaker @_rogame), which lists an unspecified Apple iMac as the device in question. We can safely assume this in reference to the upcoming iMac 2020, with Apple looking to ditch Intel in favour of its own silicon by the end of the year.
The upcoming iMac was expected to be announced during WWDC, but failed to make an appearance. Now MacRumors is reporting that Apple’s Intel-flavoured desktop is set to launch during the third quarter of this year. While the Intel iMac is set to see a specs refresh, it’s unclear whether it will also benefit from a redesign like the upcoming Apple Silicon model.
Keep reading for more details on the iMac 2020.
iMac 2020 release date – When will it launch?
There are likely to be two different iMac 2020 launches this year. The first will be an Intel model, which is expected to arrive in Q3 2020 (anytime between now and September.)
A potential second launch in Q4 2020 could see an iMac featuring Apple Silicon, kicking off the new Mac revolution.
iMac 2020 price – How much will it cost?
There’s no word on pricing for either the Apple silicon or Intel-based iMacs.
We reckon the starting price won’t deviate too much from the current £1049, but that’s purely guesswork.
Related: MacBook Pro 2020
iMac 2020 screen – How big will the screen be?
Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly claims (via MacRumors) that the Apple silicon iMac 2020 will feature a new 24-inch screen size.
The is slightly larger than the existing 21.5-inch model, with the slimmed down bezel likely to make room for the extra screen space.
Such a move would make a lot of sense for Apple, especially following a wider trend of manufacturers cutting down the bezel for some gorgeous results. The Dell XPS 13 2020 laptop looks particularly glam with an ‘InfinityEdge’ display, and we’re hoping for similar results with the iMac, even as a desktop computer.
Since current iMac screens already have outstanding specs, with resolution options climbing all the way up to 4K, we doubt Apple will make significant upgrades in this regard. There have been no rumours or reports to suggest otherwise, too.
It’s unclear whether the 2020 refresh for the Intel model will benefit from this redesign, potentially sticking to the current form factor instead and only seeing upgrades to the internals.
Related: iMac 2019 review
iMac 2020 performance – How powerful will it be?
New leaks have given us a better insight on what to expect with the Intel iteration of the iMac 2020, with an Intel Core i9-10910 processor and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 both touted.
The 10th Generation Intel chip looks to be a custom-made Apple SKU, featuring 10 cores, 20 threads and a boost clock speed up to 4.7GHz. That’s not quite as powerful as the flagship Intel Core i9-10900K, but it’s still impressively powerful judging from the specs.
Leaker Sonny Dickson (via MacRumours) previously suggested the new iMac will also feature Apple’s T2 security chip and will ditch the Fusion Drive.
What about the Apple Silicon iMac? Not a lot is known about that just yet, with Apple moving into uncharted lands. We at least know that the Apple Silicon will be designed to work seamlessly with the macOS Big Sur update. Having that bespoke chipset could result in some serious powerhouse machines, with the demo at WWDC showcasing three different video streams being played simultaneously in Final Cut Pro. For the creatives in the room – now’s the time to start salivating.
With Apple-based architecture, there will also be greater cross-compatibility across Apple’s devices, with iMacs and MacBooks able to run almost all iPhone and iPad apps. If you’ve ever felt a hankering to play Monument Valley on your desktop, well now’s your chance.