21.5in iMac (2017)
£1,449 inc VAT from fave.co/2t0h8gj
It’s been nearly two years since Apple updated the iMac, which may not seem like such a big deal, especially for a desktop computer. So, understandably, if you bought an iMac in the past three or four years, maybe you aren’t looking for a new computer right now. But if your Mac is
older than that, you’re probably looking to upgrade, and it’s hard to convince yourself to invest in a computer that was released so long ago.
Apple has finally updated the iMac, so if you’re in the market for a new computer, now’s the time to do some shopping. In this review, we take a close look at the high-end 21.5in iMac with a 3.4GHz Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, which sells for £1,449 (available from fave.co/2t0h8gj).
Kaby Lake upgrades, new graphics, RAM
The 2015 21.5in iMacs had Intel’s fifth-generation Core processor, code-named Broadwell. The 2015 27in iMacs had Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake processors. The new 2017 iMacs have Intel’s seventh-generation processor, called Kaby Lake. The 21.5in Macs have dual-core Core i5 Kaby Lake processors, while the 27in iMacs have quad-core Core i5s. (Apple offers customization options to a Core i7 processor in some models.) The processor in our £1,449 iMac review unit is clocked at 3.4GHz, and it has Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz.
Apple also improved the graphics hardware. The £1,449 iMac in this review has a 4GB Radeon Pro 560, and all of the new iMacs except for the £1,049 (from fave.co/2t0hOCy) entry-level model now use Radeon Pro graphics. The 2015 21.5in iMacs used Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the older 27in models used older Radeon cards. The new £1,049 iMac uses Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.
All new iMacs come with 8GB of memory, and you can add more RAM when you order your iMac,