The Apple iMac 2020 is now available to buy, featuring high-end specs, a new screen option and improved 1080p web cam.
Apple’s new desktop looks to have had a significant upgrade for 2020 then, especially with the 10th Gen Intel Core Processor and AMD Radeon Pro 5000 Series GPU providing a Pro-level performance. Unfortunately, all of the new upgrades (besides the increased SSD options) are exclusive to the 27-inch iMac, leaving the cheaper 21.5-inch model in the dust.
However, the long-rumoured iMac redesign did not come to fruition, with rumours suggesting Apple is holding the makeover back for when it introduces its own Apple Silicon processor to the range in 2021. The impending arrival of this machine also casts doubts whether the new Intel-powered iMac is worth the investment.
Here’s a quick-fire summary of everything you need to know about the iMac 2020:
- Only the 27-inch model benefits from majority of new upgrades
- 27-inch iMac now available with 10th Gen Intel Core processors
- New AMD Radeon Pro 5000 Series GPU supposedly sees 55% graphics boost
- No iMac redesign, but still expected for 2021
- New matte display helps to reduce glare, but costs £500 extra
- New 1080p FaceTime HD camera, along with improved microphones and speakers, should improve video calls
For more in-depth details of the iMac 2020, keep reading on and keep Trusted Reviews bookmarked.
iMac 2020 release date – When will it launch?
The iMac 2020 is available to buy from Apple’s official online store right now.
This new 27-inch iMac is just a refresh of the existing Intel model however, with a new Apple Silicon version expected to arrive in 2021.
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iMac 2020 price – How much does it cost?
The new 27-inch iMac has a starting price of £1799. The most expensive preset configuration costs £2299, but you can that up over £8000 by upgrading the likes of the screen, processor, GPU and SSD storage capacity.
The 21.5-inch iMac has a cheaper starting price of £1099, but unfortunately this model lacks any upgrades for 2020 besides the move to SSD storage drives.
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iMac 2020 specs – What specs do they have?
The 27-inch iMac has seen several new spec upgrades, and is now a significantly more powerful machine. Sadly, the 21.5-inch iMac did not benefit from the same upgrades, leaving it in the dust in terms of performance.
So you can see how the two models compare, we’ve compiled a specs table of both available iMac units.
|21.5-inch iMac||27-inch iMac|
|Display||Retina 4K display||Retina 5K display|
|Processor||Up to 8th-gen Intel Core i7||Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9|
|RAM||Up to 32GB DDR4||Up to 128GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD||Up to 8TB SSD|
|Graphics||Up to Radeon Pro Vega 20||Up to Radeon Pro 5700 XT|
|Dimensions||528 x 450 x 175 mm||650 x 516 x 203 mm|
|Weight||5.48 kg||8.92 kg|
iMac 2020 screen – How does it look?
The iMac comes in two sizes, 21.5- and 27-inch, but only the latter has benefited from the majority of 2020 upgrades.
The 27-inch iMac sees a surprise inclusion of a nano-texture glass option. This is essentially a matte display, but sees the nano-texture “etched into the glass at the nanometre level”. Apple claims this screen option will help to reduce glare while maximising detail. However, you’ll have to pay an extra £500 to get the upgrade.
The 27-inch model also sees a 5K resolution, which is a noticeable step up from the 4K retina display of the smaller 21.5-inch version.
Previous reports had suggested the new iMac would feature a new 24-inch screen size, with a slimmed-down bezel to make room for the extra screen space. This isn’t the case with the newly launched desktop, but it’s very much possible we could see a 24-inch model in 2021 instead.
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iMac 2020 performance – How powerful is it?
The new 27-inch iMac has seen a major specs upgrade, fitting in the new 10th Generation Intel Core processors. The most powerful Intel chip available to the iMac sees 10 cores and up to 5.0GHz Turbo Boost frequency speeds. Apple claims this CPU upgrade is 65% faster than the chip found with the previous iteration iMac.
The RAM options balloon to a ridiculously high 128GB DDR4, although that costs an eye-watering £2600 more than the default 8GB DRR4 option, which should be more than adequate for basic users.
Apple has also thrown in improved GPUs, with the AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series supposedly seeing 55% faster graphics performance when compared to previous iMac options. The Radeon Pro 5500 XT is the most powerful iMac GPU currently available.
Unfortunately, the 21.5-inch iMac has not benefited from these upgrades, and is still stuck with 8th-generation Intel Core processors. Apple has at least confirmed the smaller iMac will see new SSD options that will apparently increase loading and saving times substantially. However, the 21.5-inch iMac can only see the SSD storage climb up to 1TB, while the bigger 27-inch model can be figured with up to 8TB storage capacity.
iMac 2020 features – What new features are there?
Apple revealed a couple of surprises for the iMac 2020, including a new a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers and “studio-quality” three-microphone array.
It makes a lot of sense for Apple to improve webcam quality since more people are working from home than ever before. Apple also claims the integrated T2 Security Chip helps to boost the performance thanks to its Image Signal Processor, which “brings tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection for a much higher quality camera experience”.
The T2 chip also apparently helps the speakers to enable “variable EQ for better balance, higher fidelity, and deeper bass”.