After the much anticipated release Apple have refreshed there iMac and iPad lineup, alongside many performance tweaks to other lineups.
Apple has just dropped new iMacs on the Apple Store: the same design with new internals. The 21.5-inch iMac features 8th-generation Intel CPUs in quad-core and six-core SKUs. The 27-inch iMac houses 9th-generation Intel CPUs, with i5 and i9 configurations. Apple says these new processors deliver up to 2x the performance of the previous generation iMac. This is Apple’s first Mac to feature the 9th generation Intel CPUs.
In terms of the Graphics, Apple now offers Radeon Pro Vega graphics upgrades on both 21.5-inch and 27-inch form factors. The new iMacs are available today in the Apple Store, starting at £1299 and £1799 for the 21.5- and 27-inch models respectively.
Sadly Apple have not adopted SSD or Flash Storage on the iMacs that still feature the conventional Fusion Drive, because of this we also don’t get the T2 processing ship, taking over Siri, Power and many more commands.
Apple has also lowered the price for SSD and RAM upgrades across the Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Pro lineups. Making larger storage much more affordable with up to £400 off. On the Mac Pro Apple has dropped the price of 64GB of Ram by £400 – a significant price change. However, Apple are expected to launch a new modular Mac Pro later this year.
Apple has also released the much anticipated second version of AirPods. Featuring a wireless charging case, Hey Siri and an H1 Chip delivering up to 200% better battery life.
Apple have released large updates to the iPad Air and iPad mini lineups, the new Air features a 10.5″ display and both have the new A12 Bionic chip. Both of the iPads are compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil. Both devices feature a laminated TrueTone display with 2224×1668 resolution. They also have added a Smart Keyboard for the size of the iPad Air.
Somewhat justifying the ‘Air’ title, the 10.5-inch iPad Air is substantially thinner and a tad lighter than the £329 iPad. It weighs 456 grams and is 6.1mm thin, compared to the entry-level iPad’s 469 grams and 7.5mm thickness.
The new iPad mini is also offered in 64 GB and 256 GB configurations, in silver, space gray, and gold.
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