Wednesday, March 20th 2019

Apple iMac Gets a 2x Performance Boost

Apple today updated its iMac line with up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors for the first time and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. From consumers to pros alike, users will notice their iMac is faster for everyday tasks all the way up to the most demanding pro workloads. This boost in performance, combined with its gorgeous Retina display, sleek all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave, makes iMac the world's best desktop.

"Customers are going to love the huge boost in iMac performance. With up to 8-core processors and powerful Vega graphics, the iMac lineup is stronger than ever," said Tom Boger, Apple's senior director of Mac Product Marketing. "With its stunning Retina display, amazing design, twice the performance, and macOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop in the world."
Up to 8-Core Intel 9th-Generation Processors
With updated processors across the line, customers will experience dramatically faster performance for a wide range of everyday computing tasks, from editing photos to playing demanding games, composing music or even creating a feature film.
  • The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th-generation quad-core, and for the first time 6-core processors, delivering up to 60 percent faster performance.
  • The 27-inch iMac now for the first time features up to 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors, delivering up to 2.4 times faster performance.
AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Come to iMac for the First Time
Radeon Pro Vega graphics come to the 21.5-inch iMac, delivering up to 80 percent faster graphics performance. The 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega now delivers up to 50 percent faster graphics performance, ideal for pros with graphics-intensive workloads, such as developing 3D content, editing videos with complex effects or designing high-resolution games.

Industry's Best 4K and 5K Retina Displays
With up to 14.7 million pixels, 1 billion colours, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide colour gamut and an incredible viewing angle, iMac's Retina display delivers an immersive front-of-screen experience. All these pixels result in text that looks like a printed page, sharper photos with more detail, and the ability to edit 4K video at full resolution.

Unrivaled All-in-One Design Elevates Any Space
With its sleek aluminium and glass enclosure, 5 millimetre-thin profile and beautiful matching keyboard and mouse, iMac delivers a clean and uncluttered desktop experience that allows users to focus more on their content. With everything they need and nothing they don't, customers love how iMac fits seamlessly into so many different environments, from the home, to businesses of all sizes, or even a pro studio.

macOS Mojave
All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. macOS Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability
The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at $1,299 (US) and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at $1,799 (US). Both are available to order starting today from apple.com and the Apple Store App, and in Apple Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers next week. The non-Retina display iMac configuration continues to be available for $1,099 (US).
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25 Comments on Apple iMac Gets a 2x Performance Boost

#1
biffzinker
$1,300 and all you get for storage is a 1 TB Hard Disk Drive for the default configuration?
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#2
TheLostSwede
biffzinker, post: 4015997, member: 163731"
$1,300 and all you get for storage is a 1 TB Hard Disk Drive for the default configuration?
Spinning rust FTW!
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#3
Tsukiyomi91
twice the performance gain, tenfold of the price one has to pay. XDDD
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#4
biffzinker
Tsukiyomi91, post: 4016007, member: 129086"
twice the performance gain, tenfold of the price one has to pay. XDDD
Wonder how much of that is the 21.5" 4096 × 2304 display though?

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#6
kastriot
Some people will always buy them, because of that they are still produced and supported.
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#7
Caring1
Of course the director of Apple Marketing is going to tell you it's the best, it's his F###ing job!
One generation behind, overpriced, and no user upgradeable parts without voiding warranty, i'll take ten :rolleyes:
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#8
Nephilim666
That 'press release' reads as though people with existing iMacs are about to get a 2x performance boost. How would someone notice their iMac is faster unless it wasn't their iMac but rather a completely new one.
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#9
Prima.Vera
Except the monitor, the specs are crap to say the least. And the price for that config?? Ouch! :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::kookoo::kookoo::banghead:
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#10
Tomgang
[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/fCmfeN2_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium[/IMG]

And with a 1 tb hdd, best deal ever.
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#11
Tsukiyomi91
@biffzinker I think it'll cost as much as a 27in 1440p panel, knowing this is Apple here we're talking about.
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#12
AmioriK
kastriot, post: 4016018, member: 165334"
Some people will always buy them, because of that they are still produced and supported.
It's kinda why Intel can still charge 500 bucks for the 9900K lmao

Seriously, Intel is basically Apple of the CPU world.;)
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#13
londiste
While I have no love for Apple, at least the base price is not that outrageous.

Lets try and find the prices of (close enough) parts to the 21.5" $1299 base model iMac:
- That LCD panel alone is half the base price or more. I bet LG 22MD4KA-B is based around the same panel and it is a $750 monitor.
- i3 in base configuration is probably i3-8100, $117
- Radeon 555X PRO is roughly $100
- 8GB DDR4-2666 is $50
- A random motherboard with Wifi/BT is $100, this is ignoring Thunderbolts

750+100+100+50+100 = 1100
- That poor 1 TB HDD is $20-30
- Plus case, power supply, speakers, card reader, webcam, mic and other crap
- I suppose Apple would like to have some profit from their MacOS as well

Optional upgrades, that is where they do charge a lot :)
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#14
Minus Infinity
How much throttling will it have? Very small space to dissipate heat
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#15
randomUser
users will notice their iMac is faster
Sounds like i have an old Mac and they just upgraded it for me without me noticing it, and suddenly i notice how my Mac starts to perform much better out of the blue.

This is similar to "download more RAM" :D. They pushed new cpus with their latest OS update to existing Macs :D
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#16
erixx
so old 2018 mac is -2x the power.... LOL
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#17
NdMk2o1o
So a core i3 pc with 8gb slow ddr4 2666mhz, $40 1tb hdd and a rx 555 got for a measly $1300 :kookoo: where do I sign up and when you can buy a 27" 4k monitor for $400 I refuse to believe that a 21" monitor is anywhere close to being worth $700+ same old overpriced apple taxed crap
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#18
jabbadap
They need to do some serious face lift. Those fat bezels looks so outdated and ugly on today's standards.
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#19
TheinsanegamerN
biffzinker, post: 4016012, member: 163731"
Wonder how much of that is the 21.5" 4096 × 2304 display though?


Likely not nearly as much as the apple tax. Remember this is the same company that sold $280 (to produce) phones for $650, then $750, then $1100. Apple sheep will buy anything with a half eaten fruit on it, and pay an insane premium to do so. The display is the only really impressive part of these machines, although lord save you if you have to repair this thing in any way.
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#20
xtreemchaos
no bite of the apple for me, you need to sell both kidneys to buy it. if youe a apple cult member "sorry" :)
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#21
Vayra86
Apple: where yesterday's tech is considered cool and worthy of premium.
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#22
timta2
You can always count on the Apple hating trolls to come out of the woodwork, when there's an Apple post on the front page of TPU. It's unfortunate that poor people are forced to buy expensive hardware that isn't exactly what they want.
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#23
biffzinker
timta2, post: 4016715, member: 47844"
You can always count on the Apple hating trolls to come out of the woodwork, when there's an Apple post on the front page of TPU.
I've never hated Apple but some times things don't align to the Apple narrative. Hell I had a Performa 577 then a Power Computing PowerBase 240 but since then no I've not touch Apple except for the iPod Touch I did have. I've currently resurrected my iPad 2 die shrink for peaks sake after a 2 year slumber only because of Music tied to my Apple ID I missed access too. Turns out my KIA works with the iPod connect feature but I figured it wouldn't work because of Apple changing iOS.
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#24
Caring1
timta2, post: 4016715, member: 47844"
It's unfortunate that poor people are forced to buy expensive hardware that isn't exactly what they want.
I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion as no consumer is forced to buy anything.
But there is that saying: A fool and their money …...

Looking at the performance figures given above has me wondering what quantitative tests they used to qualify those bold statements.
Up to 80% faster Graphics, and up to 2.4X faster Processor ( one generational increase only).
Sounds like crap to me.
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#25
ypsylon
Just couple days late, but I have to say. This refresh is stupid. They add option for i9. i9 in a computer where cooling system has perhaps cooling capacity of 70-80W in total - 1 shitty tiny fan. Previous CPUs throttled like mad even without boosting.

Ah let's not forget Apple TIM* [tm] which is only tad more thermally conductive that hard concrete. :confused:

* - Not Tim Apple, just realized unintentional pun. :D
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