After weeks of rumors, Apple has now released the new iMac. But how does the new model compare to its predecessor and the iMac Pro?
Design: Nothing new
Unfortunately, the rumors have not come true. With the 2020 upgrade, Apple is still sticking to the familiar design that has been used for more than 10 years. Therefore, it cannot be seen from the outside whether it is the latest model or an older version. Only the iMac Pro stands out with its housing in space gray. There are no other changes on the outside either, so the connections can still be found on the back and the display still has a wide border.
Display: Small changes and big options
Basically, the displays are almost identical. All models have a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels, the maximum brightness of which is 500 nits, and which cover the large P3 color space. However, the 2020 iMac offers several important innovations. For the first time, it is a true-tone display that adapts to the ambient light and color – similar to a sheet of paper. This should be easy on the eyes. However, one new option is particularly interesting. Apple has borrowed the nanotexture glass from the Pro Display XDR and offers it for an extra charge of almost 600 euros – but not for the iMac Pro. The glass is designed to reduce glare in bright sunlight without losing color fidelity. A clear plus point for the new device.
Processors, graphics options, SSDs and RAM
The iMac Pro remains the king of performance in our comparison. Still, the new iMac can compete with the Pro model. Apple introduced a new option with a strong 10-core processor of the 10th generation that is clocked at 3.6 GHz and is thus significantly above the basic model of the iMac Pro. Compared to its predecessor, the new iMac is said to deliver up to 65 percent better performance. The new graphics units, however, should be up to 55 percent faster.
The processors are also supported by the new T2 chip, which was previously used in Mac notebooks and the iMac Pro. This takes over the encryption of the data and manages important system processes such as the startup process, thereby relieving the CPU. This also gives the iMac the “Hey Siri” feature.
The main memory is almost unchanged. As with the 2019 model, Apple integrates 8 GB DDR4 memory with 2,666 MHz as standard. However, the maximum value has been doubled from 64 GB to 128 GB. However, the standard model still does not come close to the iMac Pro. This supports up to 256 GB of RAM and remains unchallenged.
Incidentally, the Fusion Drive has had its day. While it was previously the standard option, it is no longer even available as an option on the 27 “iMac. Apple is now relying on SSD storage. The smallest base model is 256 GB and the other models are equipped with 512 GB even choose up to 8 TB.
Audio, video and connections
With the new iMac, Apple is doing a lot better. As in the iMac Pro, the FaceTime HD camera finally has a resolution of 1080p and thus turns its back on the 720p resolution, which brings a significant improvement in quality, especially at web meetings. The microphone was also improved so that no additional hardware was required. In contrast to the predecessor, a ring of three microphones was now integrated – as was the case with the 16 “MacBook Pro. This is intended to filter background noise and at the same time raise the speech quality to a studio level.
If you still want to connect accessories, the potential buyers have typical fare that Apple has been offering unchanged for years: two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB-A ports, an SD card reader and a headphone jack. Only the iMac Pro has two more Thunderbolt 3 ports. However, if you want to connect a network cable, this is also possible. However, Apple also optionally offers a 10 Gbit Ethernet port, which means that the iMac continues to catch up with the iMac Pro, where this is standard.
On the other hand, if you look at the wireless communication, then you have to find sobering that Apple doesn’t offer Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax WLAN on any Mac. The new iMac is no exception. Nevertheless, we can be pleased that the new model now also has Bluetooth 5.0.
Conclusion: more power than you need
Apple also offers the new basic configuration for just over 2,000 euros and offers a good leap in performance. It should also be noted that the “normal” 27 “iMac can be configured in the basic configuration similar to an iMac Pro, thus saving a lot of money.
The big downside, however, is the design. Even after more than ten years, Apple still offers the iMac unchanged. According to analysts and leakers, a new model is in the works that is expected from 2021. This should then also use Apple’s own processors and representa clear departure from the current appearance. If you can wait at least six to twelve months, you’ll get the biggest upgrade in years. If you need a new iMac now, you can get it now. With the exception of Wi-Fi 6, Apple offers the latest technology and great performance. The small improvements in particular, such as the optional nanotexture glass, the 1080p camera and the new microphone array, bring g