Apple’s first iMac update in nearly two years packs quite the punch

“Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services,” Mark Gurman reports for Bloomberg News. “The latest iMac adds speedier processors from Intel Corp. and new graphics engines from AMD. The new 4K 21.5-inch models are up to 60 percent faster with 8th-generation quad-core chips, while the 5K 27-inch versions are up to 2.4 times faster with 9th-generation eight-core Intel processors, Apple said Tuesday.”

“The Mac hasn’t been Apple’s most important product for decades, taking a back seat to devices like the iPhone,” Gurman reports. “But the category is a steady seller, generating about $25 billion in annual revenues for Apple in the past half-decade.”

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.

“The new iMacs are Apple’s second product launch this week,” Gurman reports, “following the new iPad Air and iPad mini introduction on Monday.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t wait to see these new iMacs begin dominating GeekBench’s charts!

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  1. Damn it… I was waiting for this upgrade to replace my mid-2011 i7 iMac when it unexpectedly failed and I had to buy a new i5 iMac on short notice. Happy with the new box but would have been more happy with an 8th gen unit.

    1. Or, sell it online and then buy the 8th gen. of your choice. I would easily take the hit on the money if this new one is so much more powerful, especially if you are thinking of the 27” model. It looks like a real winner. Of course, I just own the late iPad Pro 11.9” now and love it, but that’s all I need in my late years. But, if I were still working, I would take the loss and go for it!

  2. Punch to the wallet. LOL. I’m glad Apple finally decided to drop in some new processing hardware like MOST computer companies do every year or so. I understand how Apple is mainly interested in iPhones (due to the revenue returns), but they still shouldn’t lose focus on desktop computers. Apple is a large enough company to stay on top of their desktop and mobile products. I’m hoping cooling/airflow was improved for the newer processors. I would think that should be a no-brainer.

  3. My problem with the “new” iMacs is that virtually all the hardware is old. CPUs are as much as 20 or more months old. Hell, even the Bluetooth variant (4.2) is old. Even Apple has been shipping equipment with Bluetooth 5 for a long time now.

    Apple basically did a mild spec update on certain components and is now proclaiming these iMacs are “state of the art” while they definitely are not.

    Are they better than the previous generation? Absolutely. But, in general, Apple could have done so much more. (Or, they could have brought out these same machines several months ago.)

    1. “several months ago” — Would that have increased your income appreciably in the last few months, or have enabled you to make life-saving scientific discoveries that you couldn’t make on the previous machine?

      If not, what does it matter?

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