Apple rolls out first update to iMac desktop in almost two years

Alfred Osborne
March 19, 2019

In addition to the new CPU options, both iMacs now offer Radeon Pro Vega graphics as well.

Pricing starts at $1,299 for the new 21.5-inch iMac with the base configuration 27-inch iMac commanding $1,799.

According to Apple, the iMac 2019 benefits 2x performance boost, with Tom Boger, Apple's senior director of Mac Product Marketing, stating that "With its stunning Retina display, incredible design, twice the performance, and macOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop in the world". They are available for pre-order starting from today and will hit the stores next week. In fact, it seems that the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac isn't being updated at all; this refresh only applies to the two Retina models Apple offers.

On the Retina 5K 27-inch iMac, we see upgrades to CPUs that are even more powerful.

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Apple has just announced that the iMac 2019 will be available to order on March 19, 2019 from Apple.com and the Apple Store app.

The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 for 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM, 1TB combined SSD/HDD Fusion Drive, and Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of VRAM, and it goes up to $2,299 for the 3.7GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM, 2TB combined SSD/HDD Fusion Drive, and Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of VRAM.

Bump that top-end 21.5-inch iMac to a 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory, and a 1TB SSD, and the price ends up at $3,349.

The base price of 2017's non-retina iMac is $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,599), and will be continued to be sold. A second off-the-shelf configuration includes a Core i5 processor running at 3.0GHz and Radeon Pro 560X graphics.

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