When it comes to the iMac, Apple offers two distinct versions of its desktop computer: the classic iMac and the iMac Pro. The iMac was just updated in August of 2020 and sports two Retina display sizes, faster 10th-generation Intel Core processor options, next-generation AMD graphics, up to 128GB of RAM, a higher-resolution 1080p front-facing FaceTime camera, and more.
At the higher end, the iMac Pro has Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, up to 4TB SSD, up to 256GB RAM, new thermal architecture, and a Space Gray body. The iMac Pro was released in December of 2017 and is aimed at professionals who need more processing power for their workflow. Apple made a minor update to the iMac Pro this month, equipping the base configuration with the 10-core 3.0 GHz Xeon W chip that was previously an upgrade option.
In August 2020, Apple introduced an updated 27-inch iMac lineup with 10th-generation Intel processors, more RAM, more SSD storage, faster AMD GPUs, and True Tone support for the display. In addition, the smaller 21.5-inch iMac now comes standard with SSDs across the line for the first time.
Lastly, Apple does sell a 2017 iMac model at the low end in 2020, but it lacks a 4K display and the upgraded internals you'll find in the 2019 models. This older iMac is also priced at $1,099.00, and sales on the 2019 iMacs typically come in that range often, so we don't recommend purchasing the 2017 model and won't include it below.
In this guide, you'll find the best currently available prices for the iMac and iMac Pro at major Apple resellers including Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and MacMall (which is now integrated with TigerDirect). We'll be tracking the best prices for all iMac and iMac Pro models, focusing on the newest iterations of each computer.
Apple's 2019 21.5-inch iMac includes Intel's 8th-generation chips with up to 6 cores at the high end, and is said to be up to 60 percent faster than previous generation models. This iMac continues the ultra slim design of the iMac line first introduced in 2012, as well as a 4K display that offers 500 nits brightness and 10-bit dithering for accurate reproduction of up to a billion colors. You can upgrade storage on this iMac by up to 1TB and memory up to 32GB.
So far, there aren't any solid deals on the new 21.5-inch iMac in November, although you can shop the 2017 entry-level option for around $999.93, down from $1,099.00. Better deals should come along later in the month.
Similar to the smaller model, the 27-inch iMac from 2019 has an ultra-slim design, but there are differences between each computer. The 27-inch iMac has a 5K display, Intel's 9th-generation chips with up to 8 cores, and a chance to upgrade storage up to 3TB and memory up to 64GB.
The new iMac is available at retailers like Adorama, where you can get the 512GB SSD 27-inch model for $1,899.00, down from $1,999.00. For a slightly cheaper model, you can shop for the 256GB SSD 27-inch iMac from 2020 at Amazon, which is pricing this model at $1,709.93, down from $1,799.00.
The iMac Pro is Apple's high-end desktop computer, and as such you'll be paying a premium price, even with a deal. This device has a 27-inch display, Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, up to 4TB SSD, up to 256GB RAM, and a Space Gray color.
As of November, you can get the iMac Pro (3.2 GHz 8-Core, Vega 56 GPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $4,789.00, down from $4,999.00 at Tiger Direct.
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