New Apple iMac: Hands-on with a 27-inch work-from-home beast

Apple’s summer surprise is not the first ARM-based Mac. It’s not a new Mac Mini, nor the return of the 12-inch MacBook. It’s a new 27-inch iMac. Yes, it looks the same as the last 27-inch iMac, and the one before that, and so on. It even keeps the same starting prices as before, with base models at $1,799$1,999 and $2,299. (International prices start at £1,799 or AU$2,799.)

And yet, almost everything under its shell is new, making this one of the most comprehensive Mac makeovers since the 2018 MacBook Air. For strudents, it may be remote learning overkill, but for creative pros trying to rebuild a pro-level studio at home, there’s a lot of new spec options to consider.

Those new specs include 10th-gen Intel CPUs (up to a 10-core Core i9!) and even newer AMD Radeon 5000-series graphics cards. If you’re editing 4K or 8K video or high-res photos, or working in CAD programs, you probably already know if you need an upgrade like that. But frankly what I was most excited about, at least during my first 24 hours with the new 27-inch iMac, is one of the oldest, most-ignored pieces of computer tech, the humble webcam.

About (Face)time

Video calls have become the new norm, and now we’re all turning into webcam experts. We’ve also discovered that even high-end machines such as the MacBook Pro (and previous iMacs) have webcams that are merely OK. Join the corporate masses in all-day, every day Zoom meetings (or Skype, WebEx, etc.) and all of a sudden these lower-res 720p cameras aren’t doing us any favors. Six months ago, few of us gave much thought to webcam audio and video quality. Now it’s an obsession that’s spawned endless articles full of tips on improving your virtual meeting presence…Read more>>



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