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Apple has updated its iMac line-up for 2019

New iMacs are now available. (Source: Apple)
New iMacs are now available. (Source: Apple)
In a move that aligns with relevant rumors from days ago, Apple has upgraded its take on the all-in-one (AIO) PC. However, these new desktops are iMacs, not iMac Pros. Nevertheless, they now come with 8th- or 9th-gen Intel processors, graphics that go up to Vega 48s and new prices.

Apple has updated its iMac line of all-in-ones in a relatively fanfare-free manner. This release has become apparent today (March 19, 2019) as the SKUs and configuration options on the Cupertino giant's website has been amended to offer these new variants. These iMacs come in 21.5- or 27-inch display formats, as usual. The former is offered in either 1920x1080 or Retina 4K flavors, whereas a buyer could boost this to Retina 5K in the latter.

The 21.5-inch, FHD 2019 iMac has an 8th-gen 6‑core Intel Core i5, clocked at 2.3 to 3.6GHz. Turning the resolution up to 4K comes with alternative base-model options: a 6-core i3 of the same generation which runs at 3.6GHz. Alternatively, it can have a 6-core i5 at 3.0-4.1GHz. However, the updated 4K 21.5-inch iMac can also be configured to house an hexa-core i7 at 3.2-4.6GHz. The FHD model is priced at US$1099, whereas the i3 4K model is $1299 and the i5 is $200 more again.

The bigger new iMac, however, has 9th-gen options that start with a 6‑core i5 at 3.0 to 4.1GHz, 3.1GHz-4.3GHz or 3.7-4.6GHz. However, the last 2 can be switched for octa-core i9s of 3.6 up to an impressive 5.0GHz. The 3.0GHz models starts at $1799, the 3.1GHz variant at $1999, and the 3.7GHz at $2199.

All these variants offers 8GB of RAM at their most basic. However, this is where the similarities end: the $1099 has a speed of 2133MHz, whereas this rises to 2666MHz in all the other variants. This spec gets particularly interesting in the 27-inch variants: they have free, user-accessible slots for expanded upgrade options over time. Apple fans may find the option very welcome this year.

The new iMacs also feature USB type-C ports - as well as Thunderbolt 3. Both sizes also come with an impressive panel of external monitor outputs. They also, of course, come with the streamlined Magic peripherals as standard. Their manufacturer claims that the new AIOs can deliver up to 60% more CPU performance and up to 80% in terms of GPU speed compared to their predecessors. These 2019 upgrades are ready to order now from the Apple website.

A deep dive into the new iMacs' specs. (Source: Apple)
A deep dive into the new iMacs' specs. (Source: Apple)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-19 (Update: 2019-03-19)