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Apple unveils upgraded iMac, comes with Kaby Lake

by Brandon Russell | June 5, 2017June 5, 2017 10:45 am PST

Apple on Monday announced it’s introducing new updates to its iMac desktop computer. While the iMac is getting some major internal upgrades, the screen will also be improved (though the resolution will remain the same). Apple said the new iMacs will have better displays that are 43-percent bright and provides 10-bit dithering, which amounts to producing one billion colors.

The iMac will come with Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processors, up to 64GB of RAM on the larger 27-inch model, and Fusion drives that are standard on the 27-inch model. SSDs will also be 50-percent faster, with up to 2TB configurable.

Among the biggest new additions is support for external GPUs, which will be great news for content creators (and maybe even gamers). Each model is getting a graphics bump; the entry-level model will get Intel Iris Plus 640, offering an 80-percent jump in performance over previous generations. The 27-inch iMac Retina 4K will offer Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 options.

The new iMacs will also come with two USB-C connectors with Thunderbolt 3.

The iMac 21.5-inch (without 4K) will start at $1,099, while the 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac starts at $1,299. The iMac Retina 5K 27-inch, meanwhile, starts at $1,799.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...