I love this nano-textured glass so much it makes me angry. So much ambient light! No glare! Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo
That performance comes with a high price tag—I mentioned that all those upgrades will cost you $4,000 earlier, right? And that doesn’t include the optional nano-textured glass, which comes at a $500 premium. I absolutely love this glass, though. There’s absolutely no glare, at any angle, regardless of what I’m watching or the ambient light in the room. Bright light streaming in from the giant window to my left while watching Tom Hanks’ dimly lit drama-on-the-high-seas flick
Greyhound (on Apple TV+, natch) was no match for the nano-textured glass. Late afternoon sun hitting the display from behind my shoulder wasn’t reflected in the screen one bit. I need this on every device in my life.
Of course, you don’t have to spend $4,000 to get some of the new iMac’s upgrades. The new 1080p front-facing camera seems perfectly timed for a moment when those of us working from home need to look less like warmed-over garbage for work video chats and FaceTime happy hours. Every laptop in the MacBook lineup sports a 720p front-facing camera, and the difference is definitely noticeable. The iMac’s T2 security chip also works some magic here, enabling the camera to detect your face so it adjusts the lighting and shadows.
The base model 27-inch iMac starts at $1,800, which isn’t terrible, and for that price you get a 10th-gen Intel CPU (a 3.1GHz Core i5 with six cores), 256GB of SSD storage, a Retina 5K display (not new, but a respectable 5120 x 2880 resolution nonetheless), and 8GB of RAM. That might be the way to go if you’re a beginning creator. After you start making that YouTube affiliate money, $4,000 might not seem like such a splurge.
My MacBook’s 720p camera sucks compared to this. Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo
In a press briefing, Apple highlighted a few creators who taught themselves how to use apps like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X during quarantine (while some of us have just been watering flowers daily in
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it’s fine, I don’t feel like an underachiever at all) and had them demo their workflows on the new iMac. Learning how Nigerian-American photographer Idara Ekpoh used Lightroom and Photoshop to make her Self-Portrait Sunday project come to life and how sustainability vlogger Jhanneu Roberts taught herself Final Cut Pro to make higher-quality YouTube videos was interesting! Do I think they needed the 27-inch iMac to pull that off? Well, no. But I’m sure it was really nice.
The big question is: Do the new iMac’s refreshed guts make it worth buying? Or does the classic (and kind of boring) design make this model a skip?
I’m still in the process of testing out the new iMac, so stay tuned for our full review. What else do you want to know about Apple’s latest desktop as I put it through its paces? Drop a line in the comments.
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