Apple just released the LAST Intel iMacs!

by birtanpublished on November 24, 2020

Okay this is good apple is finally doing the last spec refresh for this dated imac design i know what you're all thinking where is the updated redesign but if you've been watching my most recent twitch streams or even videos about the updated imac design you know that we weren't expecting it to come out in august right okay i thought that was a given no this is probably going to be the last imac rocking intel processors that tim cook even said was coming out back at quadruple udc he was like we've

Still got a few more intel macs in the pipeline which is why a lot of people are gonna feel neglected to buy this one and that's probably why apple threw in some sweet perks with this imac we got today so let's begin the running theme i got from today's imac refresh is that the 27-inch imac is the star of the show he gets all the special treatment he gets all the nice perks and everybody else has to wait in the back because the 21 and a half inch imac barely got that many changes for one

They're still shipping that 1080p imac yep it's still rocking around ssds are now standard with the 21 and a half inch imac lineup but if you were hoping the fusion drives would just go away entirely sadly that's not the case here because you still can configure to one terabyte fusion drives at no additional charge so if you care more about having more storage space instead of faster storage you still have that option but by default apple is making 256 gig ssd standard

With the imac lines which is better than before but honestly still 256 feels fairly low and there's also no new processors or gpu options or any changes with the display when it comes to the 21 and a half inch lineup because it's still the same 4k panels again it's the same processor so there's very little updates there other than just ssds becoming standard now however with the 27-inch imac we got a whole bunch of changes that a lot of us were not expecting so for one 1080p webcam which we've wanted for so long so

Thank you apple finally giving the imac pro style webcam to the 27-inch imac lineup the prices seem to be about the same as before but with much better specs so we've got 10th generation intel processors you start out with 6 core but you can configure all the way up to 10 cores you can also get up to 128 gigs of ram now and finally i was wondering when they were gonna do this you can finally buy an imac with an eight terabyte ssd so before it maxed out at around two

Terabytes now it goes all the way up to eight which is nice and the imac pro still does not support eight terabytes i don't know why it's getting neglected but imac pro is absolutely on its way out i think based on how they're treating the 27-inch imac it's also now getting this new nano texture option for an additional 500 which gives this more matte finish it's kind of been an option for a while on the pro display xdr so it was very unexpected and i'm surprised to see them now offering that with two thousand

Dollar imacs but again apple probably knows everyone wants to wait for the apple silicon branded imac so they're trying to sweeten the deal and try to find some type of options here that you couldn't get elsewhere and the imac pro still does not get that 500 nano texture option so that is once again exclusive to the 27 inch imac also what's new is the internal t2 security chip which we've had on macbooks for a while but now it's finally on the imac this allows for hello siri support which

Is good and it's probably going to help that there's some updated microphones on this imac as well better than before and likely more mics than you got with the imac pro so that's of course appreciated but the i o sadly has not changed so you're still rocking four usb 3.0 ports two thunderbolt 3 ports a gigabit ethernet port and an optional 10 gigabit ethernet port and of course sd card slot and headphone jack still sticking around in 2020 as well as updated gpu options which thankfully

Should now allow you to connect the pro display xdr to this imac if you want and finally get that full 6k outputted resolution which imac pro still to this day cannot handle it has to output at 5k because the internal processors and graphics cards are too dated for apple's 6k resolution on one hand i was also happy to see bluetooth 5.0 finally made its way onto the imac it's a fairly dated design but the internals are still getting more up to date but i'm also surprised there's no wi-fi six

Still in august of 2020 they're not putting wi-fi six in their macs and i was really expecting them to with these next generation intel processors which if you're seeing how much effort they're putting into the imac specs now you know maxed out this thing is like nine grand it makes perfect sense to me that they're planning on the 27-inch imac kind of covering the market that the imac pro used to cover you know all the way up to that nine thousand dollar price point

And now if apple says you know if you're interested in a mac that's over nine thousand dollars you might as well just go with the super modular super customizable mac pro but if you're into the all-in-one designs and stuff like that you better just stick with the regular imac because i'm already sure without even doing speed tests that the graphics performance the processing performance and all that stuff is probably better on today's just announced 27 inch imac than it is the imac pro so the imac pro is more than likely going

To be discontinued within a year or so once they start rolling out the updated apple silicon based macs and it's very safe to say based on what we're hearing about that updated imac which i know some of you were probably expecting me to be disappointed or maybe you're disappointed because you were thinking wait i thought redesigned imac was coming soon well it is it's definitely in the pipeline and i'm still convinced that that updated design language is being reserved for the apple silicon mac so the good news is this is probably going to be the last intel

Imac we see from here on out it's going to be only apple silicon max and i'm not that disappointed because there was talk for a long time that there was going to be one last site refresh and i tried to make that obvious during my streams or during videos or podcasts that hey guys we might still get one more boring imac refresh just where the design doesn't change but the internals get a little bit better just to hold us over until whenever this updated imac comes out which we've been saying for a while now is at best case scenario gonna

Be quarter four of this year or now much more likely q1 or q2 of next year in fact it would probably make perfect sense to announce an updated design at worldwide developers conference next year i would say at the very latest so i don't think it's even quite a year away but it's absolutely coming because tim cook said you know there's more intel max coming and apple silicon transition is only going to take two years so if you're in dire need of a desktop imac and you like a lot of the changes they

Talked about today then i guess this is good but i totally understand for most of you who aren't in a hurry you probably want to wait on this one because i'm sure the processing speed and the graphics and updated webcam and all these updated internal specs these are all great but none of them are going to be as cool as the updated imac design language we're likely going to see next year and there's only four months left in 2020 guys so just wait a little bit longer if you want that giant refresh but if you don't care about thin bezels

And you just like the specs of today's mac then by all means go ahead i still think that mac will get plenty of years of software support and yeah the only change the imac pro got today was just the 10 cores is now the base model so they got rid of the 8 core imac pro price stayed the same there's no other gpu changes there's no other processor upgrades you still are limited to 4 terabytes of storage on the imac pro so that's absolutely on the way out it was totally a placeholder meant to be powerful enough for the pros until the mac pro came out

Now that it's out imac pro is kind of redundant and we'll likely see the 30 inch or 24 inch imacs with apple silicon next year to replace the imac pro in the current day imacs that just got refreshed so what do you guys think of these changes i'm kind of happy with them i'm glad we got this out of the way this ends the intel age of the imac on a high note and thankfully i believe it still qualifies for the back to school free airpods promotion so if you want to get one pick up some free air pods while you're at it and feel free to hit me up over on

Twitter join my discord we can chat more about it there if you want this is your app sweep here i'll see you in the next one

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