While the buzz around upcoming ARM-powered Macs is overwhelming the tech sphere, Apple may be quietly working on a monster Intel iMac refresh. According to leaker _rogame, a 27-inch iMac with a custom 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake S CPU (10 cores, no less) and, again, a custom-order AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics card (4GB VRAM) is in Apple’s 2020 pipeline.
While many may choose to wait for the purported ARM-driven iMacs coming this year, Apple is still committed to producing and suporting Intel-based hardware for the next two years. So buying an obviously capable machine like this is, I think, a safe and sound investment for the years ahead. I know for sure I’m not letting go of my 16-inch MacBook Pro until the ARM transition has been completely smoothed through and all systems are in place, so to speak.
About the hardware – the 10th-gen CPU in question has a base clock frequency of 3.6GHz and boost frequency of 4.7GHz. As for video, the Raden Pro 5300 GPU is likely based on the desktop Radeon Pro 5300 and features a 1.65 GHz core with 4GB of VRAM.
All in all, this sounds like a really solid iMac refresh that would put a lot of power into the hands of musicians and producers. Since the computer is already being benchmarked, we probably won’t have to wait very long for an official announcement.
Source: @_rogame (Twitter)