Apple Brings Intel's Core i9 to the 2019 iMac

From PC Mag: New guts have come to most of the Apple iMac line. With an update to internal component configurations, Apple's highest-end iMac significantly narrows its performance gap with the iMac Pro, and its mid-level configuration now offers more processing muscle for the same price as its predecessors.

The iMac updates, announced today, are minor. The new models look exactly the same as the old ones from the outside—there are no physical changes other than the memory, CPU, and graphics-processor options. Still, they will likely be very attractive to shoppers who are torn between the entry-level model and the midrange 4K version, or the top-of-the-line 27-inch version and the Intel Xeon-powered iMac Pro.

Perhaps the most significant change is to the 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina display. Formerly equipped with a 3GHz 7th Generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and a Radeon Pro 555 graphics processor, it started at $1,299. For the same price, it now offers an 8th Generation quad-core Core i5 and a Radeon Pro Vega graphics chip.

Meanwhile, the entry-level $1,099 iMac keeps its existing configuration, which comprises a 7th Generation Core CPU, a lower-resolution 1080p display, and no discrete graphics processor. For people deciding between the two, the $1,299 configuration is now the obvious choice. Spending $200 for a significantly higher-resolution screen and peppier graphics is nice, but now it's also necessary to ensure that you aren't buying an outdated processor.

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