After a two year wait, the new Apple iMac has been announced. The new iMac was revealed with a press release on March 19, amongst other new Apple products announced the same week including the second generation AirPods and the new iPad Air and iPad mini. Here’s a look at all there is to know and how much you can save when buying the iMac through Techscheme.
The new Apple iMac is more powerful than ever
It may not be a surprise that Apple kept their super streamlined iMac design from the previous generation and carried it over into the new 2019 iMac. So, whilst there aren't any external changes, the differences under the hood are definitely noticeable.
The Apple iMac 21.5 inch now gets Intel’s 8th generation chipset range, but if you want more power, you can get Intel’s 9th generation CPUs in the 27 inch iMac. Apple has claimed that this new upgrade allows the new 21.5 inch model to have up to 60 percent more CPU performance, and the 27 inch iMac CPU has up to 2.4 times more power potential.
Both iMac models share the same displays from the older generations. This means you'll still get that incredible super bright 4K or 5K display, depending on whether you get the 21.5 inch or 27 inch, respectively.
Options to use the Radeon Pro Vega graphics card are now available in both models too, which is a first for the iMac series. Upgrading to the Radeon Pro Vega graphics option can boost your GPU performance up to 80 percent on the 21.5 inch model or up to 50 percent on the 27 inch model.
By default, both versions feature a fusion drive, which uses a mixture of SSD technology and hard drive technology. This allows you to get quick boot up and app launch times, but have larger capacity storage for cheaper. Of course, there's also an upgrade option for a large SSD if you'd prefer. You can get up to 3TB in fusion drive storage space and up to 2TB in SSD storage size.
Not much has changed on the operating system side, but you still get the ever evolving macOS software that integrates perfectly into the existing Apple OS ecosystem. That means you can access all of Apple's apps such as Safari, Siri, FaceTime, and Messages. You can seamlessly switch between the iMac and your iPhone whilst using these apps.
Overall, the new iMac may not break records for game changing innovations, but it takes an already existing formula that the industry loves and turns it into something even more powerful.
News from Apple’s keynote
Apple made also a number of groundbreaking announcements at their recent March 25th keynote which was solely about services.
Apple announced their new game platform, Apple Arcade. Apple Arcade will be a subscription based service that will allow you to gain access to a large library of games including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more.
When it launches in the Autumn in more than 150 countries, it will feature approximately 100 games and will have offline mode support. Apple Arcade players will be able to switch between iPhone, iPad, and Mac seamlessly and continue their progress between devices.
Apple also announced Apple TV+, a new video subscription service
featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming this Autumn. We can expect big names and creative powerhouses working on content for it including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more.
Apple also revealed Apple News+
, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 popular magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers into a beautiful, convenient and curated experience within the Apple News app. Available in the US and Canada, Apple News+ presents the best and most relevant articles to meet any range of interests from renowned publications such as Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. It will also launch in the UK and Australia later this year.
Finally Apple also revealed Apple Card, an innovative, new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life. Apple Card is built into the Apple Wallet app on iPhone, offering customers a familiar experience with Apple Pay and the ability to manage their card right on iPhone. Apple Card transforms the entire credit card experience by simplifying the application process, eliminating fees, encouraging customers to pay less interest and providing a new level of privacy and security.
Available in the US this summer, Apple Card also offers a clearer and more compelling rewards program than other credit cards with Daily Cash, which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day. Apple has also designed a titanium Apple Card for shopping at locations where Apple Pay is not accepted yet. With no card number, CVV security code, expiration date or signature on the card, Apple Card is more secure than any other physical credit card. All this information is easily accessible in Wallet to use in apps and on websites. There’s no information yet on when Apple card will be available to other countries.
Apple’s iMac pricing and how you can save
Want to know how much the new Apple iMac costs and how much you could save through Techscheme? Take a look at the information provided below.
|iMac 21.5" 4K with i3
|Mac 21.5" 4K with i5
|iMac 27" 5K with i5 3.0GHz
|iMac 27" 5K with i5 3.1GHz
|iMac 27" 5K with i5 3.7GHz
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