After a long wait, Apple finally announced its iMac 2019 in Australia which is offering numerous appealing and impressive information about what we all were expecting from 2019’s all-in-one Mac. This update by Apple is mainly focused on processing power, which shoves a machine closet to an overall performance level of what you might consider a “Pro” computer. This latest and upgraded iMac 2019 doesn’t look any different from Apple iMacs released a few years back – but it’s equipped with latest and new 8th generation and 9th generation Intel processors.
Since 2012, when the iMac's sides were slimmed down, the Apple iMac had the same design. The aluminum look is now more than 10 years old, however, iMac launched its first aluminum look back in 2007. Some people called for a facelift or at least for some changes within Apple that could further narrow the unit and maybe cut the chin. You'll be disappointed if you were one of those people. The reason is the design of the iMac for 2019 has not changed even a little, unfortunately.
Earlier, Apple Ming-Chi Kuo analyst said that a new iMac would be launched soon with an important display performance upgrades. However, his forecasts appear to have gone off because the display resolution on the 2019 iMacs is not changed. The Retina 4K display still has the resolution of 4096 x 2304 pixels with 1 billion colours, 500 nits of luminosity and width of colour (P3). The Retina 5K screen still has a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels with 1 billion colours, luminosity 500 nits, and large colour.
There's no iMac tangible screen. In the past, Apple was rather vocal as to how he thinks it's just a shock to touch the display. The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is the closest to a touch display. Of course, in future Apple could change its mind – Steve Jobs was also anti-styluses, but now an Apple pencil can be purchased. The model non-Retina at the entry level is still available, but this unit is not updated.
The iMac 2019 offers dazzling processor sounding options. There is a new 6-core option (hexa-core like MacBook Pro) as well as the quad-core option on 21.5-inches iMac variant. You can also select an 8-core built-in option when moving to a 27-in screen. If you buy the top of the range or an additional AU$830 in the mid-range model, the8-core 3.6GHz i9 processor cost an extra AU$665. It is not supplemented by the other iMacs.
The gap between iMac and iMac Pro could be slightly broken. The performance gap between iMac and iMac Pro will likely be narrowed (which may be set up by Xeon W Processor 8-, 10-, 14-or18-core). Intel's Coffee Lake line is the new 8th generation processor. Processors of the Intel 9th generation came back in October 2018, but they are not in operation. Maybe Apple decided not to make the iMac too good for the top-of-the-line-as a move could take the iMac Pro from the market place.
As we had expected, Apple iMac 2019 marked the end of the hard drive and Fusion drive options. Removal of the disks allows Apple to use the space in the iMac more effectively. Apple still has the hard drive option, however, as this is the most effective way of getting more storage at the entry level.
The entry and mid-range models of iMac offer standard 1TB of hard drives, though either the Fusion drives (combining flash and hard drives) or standard SSDs of up to 1TB can be upgraded. You can expect a huge speed boost from an SSD compared to a former hard drive, so we recommend that customers buy a model with SSD. Do yourself a favour and try to keep clear of hard drives even if you are 100% sure you need all that space.
The Coffee Lake generation processors also allow faster memory, supporting DDR4 in dual channel mode at 2666MHz. The iMac has previously been upgraded to 2400MHz (the iMac Pro provides 2666MHz of RAM). The latest 21.5-inches iMac 2019 models come with an 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory configurable to 32GB. The other entry-level 27-inches iMac 2019 model also offers 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory configurable to 32GB.
The top-of-the-range 27-inches Mac offers users 8GB 2666MHz DDR memory configurable to 64GB whereas Apple iMac Pro can easily be configured to 128GB of RAM – but expecting that option on Apple iMac 2019 would disappoint you. Aside from iMac 2019, Apple older iMac which doesn’t house a 4K display still offers 8GB 2133MHz memory configurable to 16GB with ease.
New graphics card options have been added to the new iMac 2019. Upgrades to Radeon Pro are standard throughout the line with the addition of Radeon Pro Vega options if you choose to build-to-order. The details of the graphics line up are:
21.5-inches iMacs 2019 offers 3.6GHz quad-core iMac – Radeon Pro 55X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. One can also get 21.5-inches with 3.0GHz 6-core iMac – Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of DGGR5 memory. The 27-inches iMacs 2019 are available in four different configurations in terms of graphics. It’s being offered with 3.0GHz 6-core iMac – Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of DGGR5 memory, 3.1GHz 6-core iMac – Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB of DGGR5 memory, 3.7GGHz 6-core iMac – Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of DGGR5 memory and 3.6GHz Build-to-Order iMac – Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB of HBM2 memory.
The official release date of Apple’s latest iMac 2019 is March 19, 2019, and it’s available to buy with immediate effects from Apple.com as well as Apple’s Store App worldwide including Australia. However, if you are looking to get your hands on one from their Authorized resellers, you’ll have to wait then till March 25.
As far as Apple iMac 2019 Price is concerned, it’s available in two different sizes and price varies accordingly. The 21.5-inches iMac 2019 with an 8th generation Quad-core Intel Processor set users back approx. AU$1,899 whereas 27-inches iMac 2019 with a Retina 5K screen, 9th generation 6-core and the 8-core processor goes for a whopping AU$2,699.