Jon Prosser has also clarified there will be no redesign, with Apple likely keeping that for when it introduces its own desktop processors to the range. Instead, the inbound iMac looks to get a specs upgrade in the form of Intel’s latest desktop chips.
Previous reports suggested it will see a 10th Generation Intel Core processor and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 GPU. These details appeared on a Geekbench database (spotted by Tom’s Hardware and renowned leaker @_rogame), which lists an unspecified Apple iMac as the device in question. Following Jon Prosser’s latest comments, it’s looking increasingly likely that this leak is in reference to the upcoming iMac 2020.
Those holding out for the Apple Silicon iMac may hay have to wait a little longer though, with some suggesting a Q4 2020 launch and others claiming a 2021 release is more likely.
Keep reading for more details on the iMac 2020.
iMac 2020 release date – When will it launch?
The iMac 2020 is expected to launch in August 2020.
Renowned leaker Jon Prosser claimed via Twitter that the new Apple desktop will be arriving next month. This lines up nicely with previous reports suggesting the iMac would hit stores in Q3 2020. The Apple Silicon variant of the iMac may not launch until 2021, however.
iMac 2020 price – How much will it cost?
There’s no word on pricing for the upcoming iMac.
We reckon the starting price won’t deviate too much from the current £1049, but that’s purely guesswork.
Related: MacBook Pro 2020
iMac 2020 screen – How big will the screen be?
It looks like the iMac 2020 will not feature a redesign, and so will likely feature the same 21.5- and 27-inch screen size as it currently does.
Previous reports had suggested the iMac 2020 would feature a new 24-inch screen size, with a slimmed-down bezel to make room for the extra screen space. However, it now looks like that upgrade will be reserved for the Apple Silicon model, which may not launch until 2021.
Since current iMac screens already have outstanding specs, with resolution options climbing all the way up to 4K, we doubt Apple will make significant upgrades in this regard. There have been no rumours or reports to suggest otherwise too.
Related: iMac 2019 review
iMac 2020 performance – How powerful will it be?
New leaks have given us a better insight on what to expect with the Intel iteration of the iMac 2020, with an Intel Core i9-10910 processor and AMD Radeon Pro 5300 both touted.
The 10th Generation Intel chip looks to be a custom-made Apple SKU, featuring 10 cores, 20 threads and a boost clock speed up to 4.7GHz. That’s not quite as powerful as the flagship Intel Core i9-10900K, but it’s still impressively powerful judging from the specs.
Leaker Sonny Dickson (via MacRumours) previously suggested the new iMac will also feature Apple’s T2 security chip and will ditch the Fusion Drive.
What about the Apple Silicon iMac? Not a lot is known about that just yet, although it’s looking more likely that it won’t launch util 2021. We at least know that the Apple Silicon will be designed to work seamlessly with the macOS Big Sur update. Having that bespoke chipset could result in some serious powerhouse machines, with the demo at WWDC showcasing three different video streams being played simultaneously in Final Cut Pro. For the creatives in the room – now’s the time to start salivating.
With Apple-based architecture, there will also be greater cross-compatibility across Apple’s devices, with iMacs and MacBooks able to run almost all iPhone and iPad apps. If you’ve ever felt a hankering to play Monument Valley on your desktop, well now’s your chance.
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