Apple updates iMac and iMac Pro with faster internals, drops price on upgrades

Apple has released updates to iMac and iMac Pro with faster processors and graphics cards. MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini RAM and SSD upgrades have also received price drops. Here’s all you need to know about these product updates.

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iMac with 8-Core 9th-Gen Intel Processor

After 2 years, Apple has updated iMac 4K and 5K models with 8th and 9th generation Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors. Users can chose to equip their iMac with up to 8-core processors. Radeon Pro Vega are also available as an option on both 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs.

The 21.5-inch 4K iMac can be configured withe a 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3, 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5, or 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz. For GPU, Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of VRAM, Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of VRAM, or Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of VRAM are available as options. The new internals make the 21.5-inch iMac 60 percent faster than the previous generation. Prices start from $1299.

The 27-inch 5K iMac can be configured with a 3.0GHz, 3.1GHz, or 3.7GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 or 3.6GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. Prices start from $1799. For GPU, Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of VRAM, Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB of VRAM, Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of VRAM, or Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB of VRAM are available as options. Apple claims up to 2.4 times performance improvements with these new internals. Prices start from $1799.

Other features like display and I/O are still the same as last generation. Not that they needed much improvements.

The entry level 21.5-inch iMac was not upgraded and still costs $1,099. Let that sink in.

iMac Pro with 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X

The iMac Pro has been updated with new configuration options of 256GB RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics. The prices for RAM, SSD and GPU upgrades has been lowered.

  • 64GB RAM: from $800 to $400
  • 128GB RAM: from $2,400 to $2,000
  • Radeon Vega Pro 64 with 16GB memory: from $600 to $550
  • 4TB SSD storage: from $2,800 to $2,400

Price drops for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini upgrades

SSD upgrade prices for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini have been reduced as following:

  • MacBook Air 1.5TB SSD: $100 off
  • Mac mini 2TB SSD: $200 off
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro 2TB SSD: $200 off
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro 4TB SSD: $400 off

You still have to pay around at least $900 and above for these SSD upgrades so Apple has smartly reduced prices only for the most expensive upgrades.