Apple decided to introduce new desktops. The new 27-inch iMac was also followed by a slight makeover of the same size iMac Pro. Sometimes it is difficult to see the differences between different similar teams. For that, we have decided to compare the iMac 2019 with the iMac 2020 and iMac Pro 2020 in a duel between 27-inch giants. Let’s go there.

Comparison iMac 2019, iMac 2020 and iMac Pro 2020

Model

iMac 2019

iMac 2020

iMac Pro 2020

Screen

27 inches; 5,120 x 2880; 218 PPI; 500 nits; color gamut P3

27 inches; 5,120 x 2880; 218 PPI; 500 nits; color gamut P3

27 inches; 5,120 x 2880; 218 PPI; 500 nits; color gamut P3

True tone

Not

Yes

Not

Nanotextured

Not

Optional, 625 euros

Not

Processor

Intel 8th or 9th generation; models with i5, i7 and i9 up to 8 cores

10th Gen Intel; models with i5, i7 and i9; 6, 8 or 10 cores

10, 14, or 18-core Intel Xeon W

Graphics

Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB; up to Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB

Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB; up to Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB

Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB; up to Radeon Pro Vega 64X with 16GB

Storage

1TB of Fusion Drive, up to 2TB of SSD

256GB SSD, up to 8TB SSD

512GB SSD, up to 8TB SSD

RAM

8GB DDR4, up to 64GB DDR4 at 2,666MHz

8GB DDR4, up to 128GB DDR4 at 2,666MHz

32GB ECC DDR4, up to 256GB ECC DDR4 at 2,666MHz

T2 chip

Not

Yes

Yes

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11ac; bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi 802.11ac; bluetooth 5

Wi-Fi 802.11ac; bluetooth 5

Ports

USB-C x2; USB-A x4

USB-C x2; USB-A x4

USB-C x4; USB-A x4

FaceTime camera

720p

1080p

720p

Microphones

Standard

Study quality

Standard

Hey siri

Not

Yes

Yes

Price

From 2,099 euros

From 2,099 euros

From 5,499 euros

Same external appearance with some key changes

Apple has not modified the external appearance neither the iMac nor the iMac Pro. The company is surely waiting for the launch of its Apple Silicon processors to face a thorough design. Until then, we have these teams to contend for the users’ desktop.

The first notable difference in this comparison between the iMac 2019, iMac 2020 and iMac Pro 2020 is in the processor. In the first two we find a generation jump from the eighth or ninth generation Intel to the tenth. This allows Apple to offer 6-core and 8-core options, as well as a new one with 10 cores. As for the iMac Pro, the price of the 10-core Intel Xeon W model has simply been lowered to make it base.

In the graphics section, the iMac starts from a Radeon Pro 5300, a substantial change from the previous generation Radeon Pro 560X. Other additional changes are the increased maximum RAM limit to 128GB and the removal of Fusion Drive from all models. Now, the base model of the 27-inch iMac starts with 256GB of SSD memory.

In addition to the 10th generation processor, this iMac brings better microphones, True Tone and a 1080p FaceTime camera

The team is completed by a small list of improvements that include True Tone, the option of nano-texturing, studio microphones like those of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and 1080p FaceTime camera (something very welcome). And finally, the T2 chip that allows functions such as Hey Siri, increases the security of the equipment and helps in the image processing of the FaceTime camera.

Best time to buy a 27-inch iMac before the transition

we compare the iMac 2019 with the iMac 2020 and iMac Pro 2020

It is very likely that we are facing the latest renovation of the 27-inch iMac with an Intel processor. Of course, with the two years that the company has given itself to jump to Apple Silicon processors, there is the possibility of any last minute improvement. The concrete plans of Apple, in this sense, are not known.

This new iMac model is the perfect excuse for those who need to buy the equipment and cannot wait. Also for those users who prefer let some time pass until Apple Silicon teams are established. That’s why right now is the best time to buy a new 27-inch iMac.

As for the iMac Pro, we are only facing a removal of the entry-level 8-core model and its replacement by the 10-core one. Which it’s supposes an effective price drop input. This move was probably made to further differentiate the base model from a powerful 27-inch iMac, where there is some overlap. While this has a tenth generation Intel, the Xeon W of the iMac Pro remain the same.

we compare the iMac 2019 with the iMac 2020 and iMac Pro 2020