All configurations of the 2020 27-inch iMac — 2022

On a somewhat strange date, in the month of August, Apple surprised with the renovation of its updated 27-inch iMac with 2020 components. A team that at first tends to seem more of the same due to its design, but internally it goes very well endowed in specifications, even making it possible to compete face to face with the iMac Pro model launched by the company in 2017. Below we analyze the most interesting aspects of this powerful apple computer.

Vintage design with a 2010 flavor

Today we can already find more current iMac designs, but this was the latest iMac with classic design . In the end, design is a tremendously personal issue, since there will be opinions for all tastes, from those who love this type of design to those who hate it, but on an objective level it is a reality to say that this iMac makes no difference to their predecessors.

Its form factor has not changed at all

It's been too many years since Apple has not renewed the design of its iMacs. In fact, it has already become an iconic and tremendously recognizable aesthetic. Although tastes are something very personal as we said before, the truth is that it cannot be said that this design is out of line with the company and is extravagant. In fact, we could say that at the time it was ahead of its time, introducing a futuristic and minimalist design, very much in keeping with the hallmark that has characterized the Californian company so much since Steve Jobs took the reins again at the end of the years. 90.



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The classic aluminum material in silver color and the black borders continue to characterize this 27-inch iMac as they have been doing it for more than a decade, with a flat screen and a certain curvature on its back that serves as an indication that all the components found in others are inside. computers are stored in the tower. Returning to the frames, it must be said that it is not something dramatic and that when one gets used to the computer they end up forgetting to give prominence to the 5K screen. However, with technology as advanced as it is today, it's strange that they haven't been diminished and even eliminated as is the case with displays like the XDR that Apple recommends for professional equipment.

The reason for not changing the design It could be linked to Macs with Apple Silicon, the processors with ARM architecture that the Cupertino company was already designing at that time for its computers. Already today we can confirm that the transition strategy for this component included a change in external design also in the iMac range so that a completely new iMac can be seen in every way by the public.

An almost perfect screen

The main (and only) panel of this computer is made up of a Retina display with 5K resolution and a diagonal that reaches the 27 inches . Its specific resolution is 5,120 x 2,880 and it supports one billion colors. Its brightness is 500 nits , with a wide P3 color gamut, True Tone technology and even the possibility of configuring it with nano-textured glass as in the XDR Display.

New iMac 2020

Those are the technical specifications, but what happens at the moment of truth? Well, nothing bad really. The screen looks really good in any type of ambient light situation , standing out positively in the reproduction of multimedia content or the most detailed editing of images in which the color palettes are the protagonists. It really is difficult for someone to be unhappy with the screen if we forget the aforementioned frames that surround it.

The job that we found and that could be the only one is the material with which it is built. It is not that this is bad, not at all and in fact it offers great performance as we have already mentioned. However, we could miss more current technologies such as OLEDs that we already find in many monitors, televisions and even computers from the competition. However, this could also respond to the same strategy by which it has not been decided to change the design completely.

It should be noted that in terms of graphics we find very powerful options:

  • Radeon Pro 5300 with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory.
  • Radeon Pro 5500 XT with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
  • Radeon Pro 5700 with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
  • Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory.

Remarkable changes at the hardware level

Although internally this iMac continued to incorporate Intel processors, the truth is that these were updated to the corresponding generation and other changes were added to components that are extremely interesting to highlight, something that we will do in the following sections.

Intel 10th generation processors

Intel Core i9 10th generation

This is possibly the last iMac in history to feature Intel-developed processors, so Apple wanted to make sure that these are the most current and that they generate the best possible performance for the machine. Depending on the configuration chosen, we can find the following chips:

  • 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with six cores at 3.1 GHz and up to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost.
  • 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with six cores at 3.3 GHz and up to 4.8 GHz with Turbo Boost.
  • 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor with eight cores at 3.8 GHz and up to 5 GHz with Turbo Boost.
  • 10th generation Intel Core i9 processor with ten cores at 3.6 GHz and up to 5 GHz with Turbo Boost.

There is little fault with this section, since from the most basic to the most advanced processor, more than enough performance can be obtained to run any process without any problem. In addition, this will guarantee longer software life , since it is expected that this team will be able to update its version of macOS for many years. There have been Macs with up to 8 years of updates, so this will not be a problem on this computer either.

Goodbye to Fusion Drive in internal memory

Fusion Drive was a very valid option a few years ago, being a mix between classic storage with HDD and the new and fast SSD. However, it had already been a somewhat obsolete function in recent times, even causing a new Mac to slow down to inconceivable points considering the high price paid for it. As we said, in its day it was an extremely interesting option of not giving up flash storage while the price was maintained, so eliminating this function in 2020 was somewhat late, but appreciated.

Fusion Drive SSD

In this 27-inch iMac, without this built-in Fusion Drive, we can find SSD capacities in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB . All of them are ultra-fast and encompass a considerable niche audience, although the base capacity seems very low. It is undeniable that there will be those who manage with it, fundamentally with the connection of external drives and cloud storage, but the truth is that with the starting price of this equipment and the focus on the professional public, it is at least strange that it was not added already 512 GB starting.

RAM memory and our advice

This iMac has the following options in terms of RAM memory storage, although in the following lines we will warn you about something related to this component.

  • 8 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz.
  • 16 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz.
  • 32 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz.
  • 64 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz.
  • 128 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz.

And what is our recommendation? That those who are going to buy this equipment opt ​​for the most basic and cheap memory, that of 8 GB. This is because in authorized Apple technical services it is cheaper to change this capacity later for a larger one than if we opt for it as standard during the purchase process. That or change it on your own by buying more memory in a store, since the way to change this component is easy as it is not sealed to the plate as it happens in the 21.5-inch models, so the process will not take too long either. .

Other components and accessories included

Beyond what was previously mentioned, this iMac mounts a series of configurations in other sections that we consider interesting to highlight. As it is also essential to know what accessories you can find when you open the box.

Audio

  • Stereo speakers.
  • Three studio-quality, high signal-to-noise ratio microphones with directional beamforming technology.
  • 3.5mm jack for audio.
  • Hey Siri voice command support.

Camera

  • 1080p FaceTime camera.

connectors

  • SDXC (UHS-II) card slot
  • 4 USB-A ports.
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for DisplayPort, Thunderbolt up to 40Gb/s, USB 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gb/s, and Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA (with adapters).
  • Kensington security slot.
  • configurable Ethernet connector
    • Gigabit Ethernet.
    • 10GB Ethernet.

Accessories included

  • Eligible Peripherals:
    • Magic Keyboard.
    • Magic Keyboard numérico.
    • Magic Mouse 2.
    • Magic Trackpad 2.
    • Power connection cable.

Software

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Eligible Software:
    • Final Cut Pro X.
    • Logic Pro X.
  • Pre-installed apps:
    • App Store.
    • Apple Music.
    • Apple Podcast.
    • Apple TV.
    • Bag.
    • Seek.
    • Calendar.
    • House.
    • Contacts.
    • FaceTime.
    • Garageband.
    • iMovie.
    • Keynote.
    • Books.
    • Mail.
    • Maps.
    • Posts.
    • Grades.
    • Voice notes.
    • Numbers.
    • Pages.
    • Photo Booth.
    • QuickTime Player.
    • Reminders.
    • Safari.
    • Siri.
    • Time Machine.
    • Preview.

accessibility features

  • Voice control.
  • VoiceOver.
  • Zoom.
  • Increase contrast.
  • Reduce movement.
  • Siri and dictation.
  • Button control.
  • Optional subtitles.
  • Text to speech.

connectivity

  • Bluetooth 5.0.
  • WiFi with 802.11ac standard compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standards.

Requirements for its operation

  • Voltage from 100 to 240 V AC.
  • Frequency from 50 to 60 Hz single phase.
  • Recommended environmental temperature: from 10 to 35ºC.
  • Recommended maximum altitude: 5,000 m above sea level.

High price, but fair?

The official prices offered by Apple for this 2020 27-inch iMac start from €2,099 in its most basic version and reaches €11,437.88 if you add the highest-end components and add eligible software. This price varies depending on the configuration, so we find the following prices for each section.

From 2,099 euros

    Processor
    • 3.1GHz 6-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost).
    Screen
    • Standard glass.
    • Nano-textured glass: 625 euros added.
    Internal memory
    • 256 GB of SSD storage.
    RAM
    • 8 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz.
    • 16GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 250 euros added.
    • 32 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz: 750 euros added.
    • 64GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 1,250 euros added.
    • 128GB of DDR4 at 2.66MHz: 3,250 euros added.
    Graphics:
    • Radeon Pro 5500 XT with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
    Ethernet connection
    • Gigabit Ethernet.
    • 10Gb Ethernet: 125 euros added.
    Keyboards
    • Magic Keyboard 2.
    Mice and trackpads
    • Magic Mouse 2.
    • Magic Trackpad 2: 64 euros added.
    • Magic Mouse 2 y Magic Trackpad 2: 149 euros added.
    Software
    • Final Cut Pro X: 329 euros added.
    • Logic Pro X: 229 euros added.

From 2,299 euros

    Processor
    • 3.3GHz 6-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5 (up to 4.8GHz with Turbo Boost).
    • 3.6GHz 10-core 10th Gen Intel Core i9 (up to 5GHz with Turbo Boost): 625 euros added.
    Screen
    • Standard glass.
    • Nano-textured glass: 625 euros added.
    Internal memory
    • 512 GB of SSD storage.
    • 1TB of SSD storage: 250 euros added.
    • 2TB of SSD storage: 750 euros added.
    RAM
    • 8 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz.
    • 16GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 250 euros added.
    • 32 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz: 750 euros added.
    • 64GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 1,250 euros added.
    • 128GB of DDR4 at 2.66MHz: 3,250 euros added.
    Graphics:
    • Radeon Pro 5300 XT with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
    Ethernet connection
    • Gigabit Ethernet.
    • 10Gb Ethernet: 125 euros added.
    Keyboards
    • Magic Keyboard 2.
    Mice and trackpads
    • Magic Mouse 2.
    • Magic Trackpad 2: 64 euros added.
    • Magic Mouse 2 y Magic Trackpad 2: 149 euros added.
    Software
    • Final Cut Pro X: 329 euros added.
    • Logic Pro X: 229 euros added.

From 2,599 euros

    Processor
    • 3.8GHz 8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 (up to 5GHz with Turbo Boost).
    • 3.6GHz 10-core 10th Gen Intel Core i9 (up to 5GHz with Turbo Boost): 505 euros added.
    Screen
    • Standard glass.
    • Nano-textured glass: 625 euros added.
    Internal memory
    • 512 GB of SSD storage.
    • 1TB of SSD storage: 250 euros added.
    • 2TB of SSD storage: 750 euros added.
    • 4TB of SSD storage: 1,500 euros added.
    • 8TB of SSD storage: 3,000 euros added.
    RAM
    • 8 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz.
    • 16GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 250 euros added.
    • 32 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz: 750 euros added.
    • 64GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz: 1,250 euros added.
    • 128GB of DDR4 at 2.66MHz: 3,250 euros added.
    Graphics:
    • Radeon Pro 5500 XT with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
    • Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory: 375 euros added.
    • Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory: 625 euros added.
    Ethernet connection
    • Gigabit Ethernet.
    • 10Gb Ethernet: 125 euros added.
    Keyboards
    • Magic Keyboard 2.
    Mice and trackpads
    • Magic Mouse 2.
    • Magic Trackpad 2: 64 euros added.
    • Magic Mouse 2 y Magic Trackpad 2: 149 euros added.
    Software
    • Final Cut Pro X: 329 euros added.
    • Logic Pro X: 229 euros added.

This aspect is possibly the most controversial, but also the most subjective depending on what features each user seeks and how much they are willing to pay. In general terms, it must be said that it is still in the average of the prices set for previous generations of this iMac, so in this sense we cannot highlight a drop in price but we cannot complain that it has risen either. In any case, it must be taken into account that they are high prices, although the public to which it is directed could take it as fair since they are usually professionals.

Is it advisable to buy it?

Throughout this article we have been showing the sections that we consider key to knowing what a computer of this type can offer. If you are still hesitating, we must tell you that this is a iMac focused on very demanding public. Perhaps the most professional in the audiovisual or sound sector need a Mac Pro as an alternative, but for the rest this equipment would be more than enough. Now, with the arrival of Apple Silicon, the landscape has certainly changed. It is true that the M1 chips have more than demonstrated their worth despite being, a priori, the most basic version of the chips that the company's computers will mount, but today it is possible to have a much higher performance with this Mac.

Although at the time of this writing the future large iMac with Apple Silicon is merely a rumor, it is clear that Apple will release it at some point. However, that is the future and if today you need a computer of this type, this model will not disappoint you and will give you excellent performance . And not only now, but also in the coming years, since it is a device that is designed to continue to be used much longer and even when it becomes obsolete due to software (although it will update for at least 4-5 more years).