Apple Updates 27-inch iMac with New CPUs, Double the RAM, and More

Earlier this week, Apple dropped a substantial update for the 27-inch iMac: its workhorse all-in-one favored by many photographers. The updated specs go beyond just adding the latest processors—Apple also updated the GPUs, doubled the maximum RAM, made some updates to the display, and installed a better webcam to boot. One thing that hasn’t changed […]

Apple Updates 27-inch iMac with New CPUs, Double the RAM, and More

Earlier this week, Apple dropped a substantial update for the 27-inch iMac: its workhorse all-in-one favored by many photographers. The updated specs go beyond just adding the latest processors—Apple also updated the GPUs, doubled the maximum RAM, made some updates to the display, and installed a better webcam to boot.

One thing that hasn’t changed between the previous model and this one is the design and build: the 27-inch iMac looks the same as ever, with a sleek aluminum chassis and bezels that are probably getting a bit chunky for 2020. But inside, just about everything is new.

The new lineup of 27-inch all-in-ones can be configured with up to a 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9 CPU, a maximum 128GB of RAM, up to a Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of its own GDDR6 memory, and up to 8TB of storage. In addition, the much-loved 5K retina display has been updated to support TrueTone, and can be configured with the special nano-texture glass that Apple debuted in the Pro Display XDR.

The other notable performance update is the move to SSDs as standard across the entire lineup (including the 21.5-inch iMac), starting at 256GB and moving on up from there to a ridiculous 8TB maximum on the highest-end model… though you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get there.

Apple also added a new webcam to the setup, swapping out the (very dated) 720p model with a 1080p ‘FaceTime HD’ camera, and they’ve updated the speakers and mics as well so that you can get a more “high-fidelity” experience in your home office… where most of us are spending a lot more time these days.

Finally, the last significant update worth mentioning is the addition of Apple’s T2 security chip, which does on-the-fly data encryption for the contents of your SSD while also helping out with tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection on the new webcam.

The new 27-inch iMac starts at the same $1,800 for the base model, which now comes with a 3.1GHz 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 memory.

Of course, the price can go a lot higher VERY fast. A fully-loaded 27-inch iMac with a 3.6GHz 10-core i9, 128GB of RAM, 8TB of storage, a Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of memory, nano-texture glass on the display, and 10 gigabit ethernet will cost you an eye-watering $8,800… though it should perform pretty well at that price. Apple has offered to send us a review unit to test, so let us know in the comments if you want to see how it compares to some of the top-of-the-line laptops we recently reviewed.

In the meantime, you can head over to the Apple website to learn more about the new computer, or play around with customizing your own version at this link.

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Jake Chamseddine reveals the “Capturing Performances” Quest winners

Announcing the winners of Jake Chamseddine's "Capturing Performances" Quest. The post Jake Chamseddine reveals the “Capturing Performances” Quest winners appeared first on 500px.

Jake Chamseddine reveals the “Capturing Performances” Quest winners

Last month we teamed up with touring music photographer, Jake Chamseddine to challenge the 500px community to show us their photos that best capture a performance.

Performance photography, including music, sport, street, and everything in between, is all about capturing the emotion of the performer, the crowd, and the room and these submissions did just that! Continue reading to see who Jake selected as the grand prize winner as well as a selection of some of his favorite images from the Quest.

A message from Jake:

Saying I was excited when I had the opportunity to go through submissions is an understatement. Seeing all the talent and creativity that shines through the 500px community is amazing. Before jumping into winners or talking about specific submissions I just wanted to take a second to thank every single person who entered a photo for this contest. Seeing how you took this prompt and made it your own is very inspiring.

With that being said let’s dive into these submissions. There was so much diversity in this Quest picking three winners was not an easy task. I’ve also included three runner-up images that I feel deserved a shoutout.

First Place Winners

Photo by Logon Westom

No specific title for this image but I love it! The symmetry, the way the lights flare off the guitar, the emotion on the guitar players face. It all comes together to showcase a very special moment. Performances can be anywhere but there is something special about performances inside a venue. Great photo!

Photo by Alex Shkinderov

From the color, to the symmetry, to the subject matter. This photo stood out to me instantly when looking through the submissions. This is a photo that I myself would select when sorting through personal images. It is strong, it feels bold. Love the way the red almost silhouettes the subjects. Great work!

Photo by Fernando Diaz

Ying and Yang! The first thing I thought of when looking at this image. Initially felt a sense of stress when seeing the fire behind them, but quickly was calmed down by the position of the dancers. I am so curious as to how this was shot or what the situation was because it isn’t very often you see a performance image like this!

Runners Up

Photo by Laurent Mounif

I loved how Laurent took the prompt of performance images and submitted this image of what seems to be a kick-boxing match. Martial arts is an art form in its own right and watching these fighters perform is something special. Capturing a moment this quick is difficult, plus I love the moody black and white.

Photo by PrithviRaj Banerfjee

Performances don’t always take place inside an arena or venue, and this photo is a testament to that. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into this photo. From the obvious passion of the musician to the surroundings. I love the way the colors pop, the golden colors across the photo are great. This is a very special moment and great capture.

Photo by Carl-Fredrick Francois

I love this image because it feels like a live portrait. I love when subjects are still or isolated in an image. I also love his facial expression, it feels very “Migos”. I think there is something important when people use shadows in their performance images as well. Gives it a more mysterious vibe. Great image!

Again, I just want to say thank you to everyone that participated in this contest! I love seeing all the talent 500px has to offer and seeing how you interpreted the prompt in your own way is incredible!

If you’d like to see more of Jakes’s work, check out the following:

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