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iMac beefs up webcam and memory options – with prices up to $8000

iMac 27in 2020
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Apple's all-in-one desktop computer and screen has had its annual update – and the emphasis for the iMac 27-inch 2020 appears on being able to give improved options for any type of home worker. For all of us finding that Zoom chats and video conferencing has become a significant part of our lives, the built-in webcam has had an upgrade to provide 1080P high-definition transmission. And for power users, the maximum SSD storage you can get has been quadrupled up to a whopping 8GB.

The base price remains $1,799 / £1,799 / AU$2,799 – but if you now take all the options available the new iMac 27in can now cost you $7,949 / £8,799 / AU$13,299.

Whatever option you choose, you now get a 1080P FaceTime webcam – a significant boost on the 720P camera available on previous iMacs. The 5K Retina 27-inch screen continues - but now with the option for nano-texture glass, for a better viewing experience in bright light.

The new generation of iMacs continue with Intel chips for now, but you a new option is to get a 10-core processor if you want the fastest CPU performance. Memory capacity has been doubled to a maximum of 128GB (the base model gets you 8GB).

All of the new iMacs offer you SSD storage as standard with options rising from a basic 256GB up to an incredible, but expensive 8TB (four times the maximum available with the iMac 27-inch 2019.

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The graphics card capabilities have also been improved - with to 55 percent faster graphics performance from its Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, featuring AMD’s latest RDNA architecture. Compared to the previous-generation, the new iMac is said to deliver up to 30 percent faster timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro X. The premium option here now becomes a Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

Apple also announced that its 21.5-inch iMac will come standard with SSDs across the line for the first time – and have the option to configure it with a Fusion Drive.

iMac Pro also gets a modest update now comes standard with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor.

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