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Apple releases new version of iMac with twice as much power

Apple has updated its iMac line with up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors for the first time and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance.

The company says that both consumer and professional users will notice their iMac is faster for everyday tasks all the way up to the most demanding pro workloads.

This boost in performance, combined with its Retina display, sleek all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave, makes iMac “the world’s best desktop”, says Apple. 

Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac product marketing, says: “Customers are going to love the huge boost in iMac performance. With up to 8-core processors and powerful Vega graphics, the iMac lineup is stronger than ever.

“With its stunning Retina display, amazing design, twice the performance, and macOS Mojave that our customers love, iMac is by far the best desktop in the world.”

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Up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors

With updated processors across the line, customers will experience dramatically faster performance for a wide range of everyday computing tasks, from editing photos to playing demanding games, composing music or even creating a feature film.

The 21.5-inch iMac now features 8th-generation quad-core, and for the first time 6-core processors, delivering up to 60 percent faster performance.

The 27-inch iMac now for the first time features up to 9th-generation 6-core and 8-core processors, delivering up to 2.4 times faster performance.

Radeon Pro Vega graphics debut on iMac

Radeon Pro Vega graphics come to the 21.5-inch iMac, delivering up to 80 percent faster graphics performance.

The 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro Vega now delivers up to 50 percent faster graphics performance, ideal for pros with graphics-intensive workloads, such as developing 3D content, editing videos with complex effects or designing high-resolution games.

macOS Mojave

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone.

In macOS Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling.

macOS Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.


As usual, the Apple iMac can cost a huge amount of money, with one website calculating that a high-end configuring could be as much as $15,000.

But the new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at £1,249 and the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starts at £1,749.

Both are available to order starting today from and the Apple Store App, and in Apple Stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers next week.

The non-Retina display iMac configuration continues to be available for £1,049. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.