Apple updates iMac line with dramatic performance increases

Apple today updated their iMac line with up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors for the first time and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. From consumers to pros alike, users will notice their iMac is faster for everyday tasks all the way up to the most demanding pro workloads. This boost in performance, combined with its gorgeous Retina display, sleek all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave, makes iMac the world’s best desktop.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.
iMac now delivers up to two times faster performance for a wide range of computing tasks.

Up to 8-Core Intel 9th-Generation Processors

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.

• 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.

Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Come to iMac for the First Time

Radeon Pro Vega graphics come to the 21.5-inch iMac, delivering up to 80 percent faster graphics performance. The 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega now delivers up to 50 percent faster graphics performance, ideal for pros with graphics-intensive workloads, such as developing 3D content, editing videos with complex effects or designing high-resolution games.

Industry’s Best 4K and 5K Retina Displays

With up to 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut and an incredible viewing angle, iMac’s Retina display delivers an immersive front-of-screen experience. All these pixels result in text that looks like a printed page, sharper photos with more detail, and the ability to edit 4K video at full resolution.

Unrivaled All-in-One Design Elevates Any Space

With its sleek aluminum and glass enclosure, 5 millimeter-thin profile and beautiful matching keyboard and mouse, iMac delivers a clean and uncluttered desktop experience that allows users to focus more on their content. With everything they need and nothing they don’t, customers love how iMac fits seamlessly into so many different environments, from the home, to businesses of all sizes, or even a pro studio.

Pricing and Availability

The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at $1,299 and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at $1,799. The non-Retina display iMac configuration continues to be available for $1,099. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

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    1. My 2010 iMac does not do Mojave. With the latest beta of iOS on my iPhone, Xcode on the 2010 will not get the debug info for the phone.
      Will be getting a new iMac. 😛

      1. Very true, and just last year I finally retired my 2008 iMac. Replaced it with a refurbed 2014 MBPro 15 incher, i7 with 16gb and 500gb.

        Would have gone with another iMac but had the need for portability.

  1. Same old Apple “milk the profit margin” deals on RAM and SSD.

    8GB of additional RAM, $200. I just added 16GB of additional RAM to my 27″ 2017 iMac for $110. And I’ve got 24GB RAM.

    And the same old Fusion drive in the “new” iMac. Upgrade to a 1TB SSD, $700. I upgraded my 2017 iMac with a Samsung 1TB T5 external, which even on USB-C blows the crap out of the internal Fusion drive. And it’s only $179, and you get to have the 1TB internal Fusion drive for extra storage.

    Buyer beware. And if you are the “premium customer” that MDN likes to tout, you’re going to get fleeced if you don’t do your research and do your own upgrades. The Apple “premium brand” tax is still ridiculously steep.

      1. @montex Maybe it’s you that’s new. If you buy a 21″ 2017 iMac you’ll have to buy your RAM from Apple unless you’re willing to disassemble the whole computer. The 27″ has a door over the memory for easy access.

        No word yet that I’ve heard on what the 2019 models do with RAM access, but I bet it isn’t any different than the 2017.

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