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What’s New In the 2019 iMac



The 2019 iMac is finally on sale. This is a look at the new 2109 iMac features and specs that matter. After a lengthy wait, Apple announced the new iMac with a 2X performance boost, with new CPU and GPU options. Even if you don’t care about tech specs this is an important upgrade.

Apple didn’t change the iMac design with the 2019 iMac, and while there are important new features Apple isn’t fully upgrading this all-in-one with the T2 security chip or a full switch to SSD, but there are important changes.

Alongside the 2019 iMac Apple also sells the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac for $1,099, offering a cheaper entry level Mac that doesn’t get the same upgrades as the other new iMac models.

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Here’s a look at the biggest changes and new 2019 iMac features that you need to know about before you buy a new iMac. This is very performance focused, so if you’ve been waiting for design or screen upgrades you’ll need to keep waiting.

Apple added new 8th Gen and 9th Gen Intel Core i processors and AMD Radeon Vega graphics. These deliver 2X the performance of the iMac that this replaces.

  • The 21.5-inch iMac gains 8th-generation quad-core and 6-core processors
  • The 27-inch iMac gets 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors

From a power standpoint the 21.5-inch iMac is 60 percent faster and the 27-inch iMac is up to 2.4 times faster with the fully specced option. This upgrade won’t pull in average users, but if you are creating or doing heavy work on the iMac this is an upgrade that may be worth jumping on.

The 2019 iMac is faster thanks to an upgraded CPU and GPU.

The 2019 iMac is faster thanks to an upgraded CPU and GPU.

On the GPU side, the 2019 iMac upgrades include Radeon Pro Vega graphics. With new graphics on the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch models the 2019 iMac is ready to handle more intense graphical tasks. Pay attention if you work on 3D content, edit videos with lots of complicated effects or work on creating video games.

  • 21.5-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega delivers 80% faster Graphics performance.
  • 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega delivers 50% faster Graphics performance.

These are all the new 2019 imac features. Apple still offers the excellent 4K and 5K Retina displays and a super thin design. The cheapest iMac with the new processors and AMD Radeon Vega GPU starts t $1,299 for the 21.5-inch and $1,799 for the 27-inch.

Apple also updated the 2019 iMac Pro with 256GB of RAM and AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics, as well as cutting the price of some upgrades to the more powerful iMac Pro model.

Apple Store pickup is unavailable, but you can order the 2019 iMac right now for delivery as soon as March 26th.

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