Is this the last ever Intel iMac?

With all the talk about Apple moving to their own silicon, a new iMac with an Intel chip seems a little odd. Could this be one of the last Intel Macs we ever see?

If you aren’t already aware, Apple have already announced a bold new future in the form of their own chips powering the next generation of Macs. We posted about the transition last month and you can read about their plans in more detail here. Early developer kits and leaks are suggesting that the next range of Macs will be faster and cheaper than the current offerings.

Apple said at WWDC 2020 that there would be more Intel powered Macs coming and this new iMac is the first to be revealed but most likely to be one of the last we see. Whilst it would be ideal to wait until later in the year to see what they launch, for some a new Mac is something they can’t wait for. This new iMac might just be what you need.

What’s new?

Quite a lot actually. Whilst it might not look any different from the outside, there has been quite a change under the hood of the 27 inch model. It features faster Intel processors with up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, super fast SSDs (now standard across the line, including the 21.5″ model – Finally!), Apple’s T2 security chip, a new nano-texture glass option for an even more stunning Retina 5K display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics.

“Now more than ever, our customers are relying on the Mac. And many of them need the most powerful and capable iMac we’ve ever made,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With blazing performance, double the memory, SSDs across the line with quadruple the storage, an even more stunning Retina 5K display, a better camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics, the 27-inch iMac is loaded with new features at the same price. It’s the ultimate desktop, to work, create, and communicate.”

This seems like one of the biggest updates to the iMac line in a very long time and that suggests that we won’t be seeing a new design of iMac for a while. Almost certainly not this year. Despite it’s somewhat dated appearance, it still looks good and has a stunning display. If you’re in the market for a new Mac and you simply can’t wait for the next generation then this might be the right computer for you. But if your current Mac is still doing the job then I’d recommend waiting for the next model as the potential specs are looking better and better by the day.

Prices are unchanged from before and start at £1799. It is available to order now and is in stock. I might have to get one for the AJ office as we’ve been having issues with our old and previously trusty Mac Pro. Expect a review if we do.

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