Apple’s hardware blitz continues as it rolls out first update to the iMac desktop in almost two years

An Apple iMac Pro in 2017.Justin Sullivan

Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services.

The latest iMac adds speedier processors from Intel Corp. and new graphics engines from AMD. The new 4K 21.5-inch models are up to 60 per cent faster with 8th-generation quad-core chips, while the 5K 27-inch versions are up to 2.4 times faster with 9th-generation eight-core Intel processors, Apple said Tuesday.

The new 21.5-inch iMac will still start at US$1,299, while the larger-screened model will sell for US$1,799. Apple is also still selling a 21.5-inch iMac without a 4K or 5K screen for US$1,099.

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