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It’s a weird time to be in the market for a new Mac. Earlier this summer, Apple announced that it will begin rolling out Apple Silicon—its in-house-designed riff on ARM processors as seen before in the iPhone and iPad—to the Mac product line. That marks a seismic shift in direction for the Mac.
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But the company also said it would be releasing new Macs that use Intel’s CPUs—the more traditional choice for desktop and laptop computers—in the future and supporting Intel-based Macs for years to come.Enter the new 27-inch iMac, announced just a couple of weeks ago. It’s the first new Mac product since the Apple Silicon announcement, and it’s a refresh for one of the company’s most iconic and popular products—one that’s been falling behind the rest of the Mac lineup for a while now.
With an ostensibly giant leap looming for the Mac, this new release is just an incremental step for the iMac. It boasts the usual updates: faster processors, better RAM and storage options, and better graphics processing. It also has a new webcam and better microphones.
But it’s not a radical change overall. Rather, the new iMac represents a subtle refinement of one of the world’s best (albeit priciest) computers. It's the calm before a coming storm.
Sometimes, though, you want the thing you’re already familiar with, especially when it costs several thousand dollars. So if you’re in the market for a new Mac, but you’re not ready to bet the farm on the first generation of a whole new architecture, is 2020’s 27-inch iMac refresh worth buying?
Let’s find out.
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|Specs at a glance: 2020 27-inch iMac|
|Screen||5120x2880 at 27 inches|
|OS||macOS Catalina 10.15.6|
|CPU||3.6GHz 10-core Intel Core i9|
|RAM||64GB 2666MHz DDR4|
|GPU||AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT 16 GB|
|HDD||4 TB SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm headphone, 4x USB-A, SDXC (UHS-II), gigabit Ethernet|
|Warranty||1 year, or 3 years with AppleCare+|
|Price as reviewed||$5,999|
|Other perks||1080p FaceTime HD camera, nano-texture glass|
Apple iMac (27-inch, 2020)
All the 27-inch iMacs have a 5,120 x 2,880 display with a maximum brightness of 500 nits and a refresh rate of 60Hz. It’s an outstanding screen that’s tuned to near perfection—so good that it’s hard to find secondary monitors to pair with it that look equally as balanced beside it.
More than anything else, it’s this screen that you’re paying for when you buy the new iMac. It’s probably worth it if you care about working on a big, high-resolution screen. Of course, not everybody does, and there are much cheaper options out there for those who don’t. Also, there’s nothing new here. As far as I could tell, it’s the same screen as was included in the previous model.
Every 27-inch iMac also has stereo speakers, a three-microphone array (which is better than the previous model), and the following ports:
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- SDXC card slot (UHS-II, up from UHS-I in the last model)
- Four USB-A
- Two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C
- One gigabit Ethernet (upgradeable to 10Gb for $100)
The big upgrade here is arguably the webcam, which has gone from 720p to 1080p. Every computer manufacturer’s PR team is pitching nicer webcams in the pandemic environment of endless Zoom calls, so this is par for the course right now.Still, it’s a nice camera. I don’t actually do more than three or four Zoom calls a week, myself, but I could appreciate the difference. I’d love to see this upgrade in the MacBook Pro at some point.
Apple has also brought the T2 chip (first introduced in the iMac Pro, but now seen across the Mac line) to the iMac. It offers a number of security features we’ve discussed in prior Mac reviews. In this case, the T2 chip manages EQ for the audio, face detection on the camera, and Hey Siri, among other things. It’s also used to speed up video transcoding.
There are three default configurations at $1,799, $1,999, and $2,299. The lowest-end ($1,799) comes equipped with a 3.1GHz 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of DDR4 at 2666MHz, a Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 video memory, and 256GB of SSD storage.
Stepping up to $1,999, you bump that 6-core i5 up to a 3.3GHz clock speed and you double SSD storage to an almost-adequate 512GB. Finally, the $2,299 spec moves to an 8-core Intel Core i7 CPU at 3.8GHz and a Radeon Pro 5500 XT GPU with 8GB of GDDR6.
Unfortunately, even the top specification offers just 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage. Both are a bit low for some of the use cases Apple markets these devices for. That means that despite fast CPUs and GPUs, the base specs are only good enough for at-home office workers doing standard office-y things, but this thing is awfully pricey for that low-impact situation. Most of that money is going to the (admittedly impeccable) screen, as stated above. If you want to do video editing, game development, or music production with more than a few tracks and plugins, you’re going to want to spend a bit more on RAM at least.
What optional upgrades are available? Well, that $2,299 spec can get a bump to a 3.6GHz 10-core Intel Core i9 CPU for an additional $400, as well as a faster Radeon Pro 5700 GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 ($300 over the 5500 XT) or an even faster 5700 XT with 16GB ($500 over the 5500 XT).Our review unit came equipped with the 5700 XT, and it does offer solid performance—about on par with my Nvidia GTX 1070 in my mid-range desktop gaming PC, actually. That’s excellent for an all-in-one, though it is quite pricey for that kind of performance compared to what you could get in a Windows tower.
The quiet but big news here is that Apple has ditched the Fusion Drive, that hybrid solution that combined flash storage with a traditional hard drive. Now, like the rest of the Mac product line, the iMac is solid state through-and-through.
You can upgrade the SSD to 1TB ($200 more than 512GB), 2TB ($600), 4TB ($1,200) or 8TB ($2,400). The 1TB option seems like the sweet spot to me personally, but your needs may vary. Some people need very little storage space, while others can never possibly have enough. There are options for the whole range here, even though they aren’t cheap.
Finally, you can go above that 8GB of RAM to 16GB ($200 more), 32GB ($600), 64GB ($1,000), or a beastly 128GB ($2,600). It’s worth noting that unlike a lot of other Macs, you actually can replace the RAM in the iMac yourself, and there are much cheaper options than buying from Apple.
So while I’d normally recommend stacking the RAM at purchase when buying a Mac to stave off future frustration, I don’t in this case. You can get as much as you need now and add on later as required. Wild concept, that!
The last thing you can add at purchase (besides a 10Gb Ethernet upgrade—and if you’re someone who needs that, you already know all you need to know) is the nano-texture glass option that promises glare-free viewing without any sacrifice in appearances. That costs a spit-take-inducing $500 over the base machine price, and we’ll get more into whether that’s worth it a bit later.
Taking an application off of your Mac isn’t as simple as dragging it into the trash. When you install an app, all sorts of supplementary files take up residence in your hard drive.
Once there, they’re not easy to get rid of. First, you have to find them; then, you have to make sure they’re really gone. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to do by hand, and there’s no guarantee you’ll catch all those extra files.
Over time, those extra files build up. Without even noticing it, you might be dedicating several gigabytes of your Mac’s memory to this junk data. This can be a drag on your computer’s performance, all for an app you’re not even using anymore.
Luckily, there’s a better way to get rid of these files for good. An app uninstaller is a utility that automates the different steps of app removal:
- Locating outdated or underused apps
- Finding all associated support files and caches
- Moving them to the trash
- Permanently deleting them
If you’re looking to speed up your Mac by uninstalling yesteryear’s app and its associated junk files, you need a dedicated uninstaller. And here is our top 3 list.
|1||CleanMyMac X||Multi-uninstaller that detects unused apps||Link|
|2||Hazel||Automated organization of apps and folders||Link|
|3||AppZapper||A lightweight drag & drop uninstaller tool||Link|
Choosing the best Mac Uninstaller
But how to pick which uninstaller to use? Plenty of apps can improve your ability to get rid of junk files, but not all uninstallers are alike. Some uninstallers are a feature of a more comprehensive Mac file manager. Others are designed for only that task.
It can be hard to choose the one that suits your needs. That’s why we created the ranked roundup of the best Mac uninstallers below:
1. CleanMyMac X: A top-tier OSX uninstaller
CleanMyMac X tops our list of app uninstallers for Mac. This powerful all-in-one utility has a variety of features designed to help get the most out of your machine, including malware protection and speed optimization.
But the app’s Uninstaller module means that it can compete with single-function uninstaller apps.
By the way, this app is available for a free download — so do check it out.
CleanMyMac X starts by making the task of uninstalling apps easy. Instead of paging through your application folder, trying to remember if an app is a crucial background utility or a waste of space, you can let CleanMyMac X scan and sort your apps.
You can also arrange lists by the last time you used an app, sort apps by vendors like Adobe, or focus on specific categories, like apps from the App Store.
CleanMyMac X is an app uninstaller that is notarized by Apple, which means it’s safe from malicious files.
When it scans for installed apps, CleanMyMac X automatically locates all the app leftovers, the data caches, and associated files that support each app. When the list gives a number for how much space an app is taking up, that number includes this extra system junk, so you can be sure you’re maximizing your disk space.
You stay in control through the whole process. CleanMyMac X lets you select specific apps from its scan list, and delete them permanently along with their support files. Plus, its disk scan will show you how much space you’re freeing up in real time.
CleanMyMac X wins our top spot for its level of sorting flexibility and control combined with deep-cleaning power for your hard drive.
You can also reset apps with this program. By resetting, I mean restoring any app to its default settings. When you reset an app with CleanMyMac X, it will keep your user-created files intact so you won’t lose your projects.
Use app reset when:
- apps are out of sync
- apps are not launching
- apps keep crashing
How to reset applications with CleanMyMac X:
- Download the free version of the app.
- Click on the Uninstaller tab.
- Select an app from the list.
- Click on the dropdown menu under “Uninstall” and choose Reset.
2. Hazel: A handy uninstaller for Mac
Hazel is another app with the power to get rid of unneeded apps and junk for good. Another tool with a range of possible uses, Hazel lets you create condition-based rules that automate certain actions on your Mac.
This is useful for file organization, photo naming, archiving, and generally keeping your desktop clean. But this function also shines when you need to get rid of apps for good.
Hazel lets you set up special rules for your trash, ensuring that files don’t sit in the bin for too long and take up space on your drive. You can configure the app to automatically empty your trash when it reaches a certain size, or to toss apps when they get too old.
Hazel’s App Sweep automatically searches for support files when you delete an app and gives you the option to get rid of them as well.
Hazel’s rule-based interface certainly makes it useful as an app uninstaller, but some may find it a little more complicated to use. It also lacks some features for identifying and comparing unused apps.
3. App Zapper: A leading app uninstaller for Mac
With App Zapper, drag and drop is the name of the game. This compact uninstaller lets you pull applications from your drive into its interface, then hunts down all the related support files. It stands out for its simplicity and for the depth of its cleanups.
You can also consult the Hit List, an automated list of apps with files taking up space on your hard drive. All you do is select the unwanted app and its support files and hit the Zap button to remove them for good.
Well, almost for good. If the thought of deleting apps permanently makes you nervous, App Zapper has the tool for you. Its “undo” feature lets you unzap files you may have deleted by mistake, reducing the risk that you’ll get rid of something important.
App Zapper is simple but thorough. The app can remove:
- Junk files
- And more
App Zapper stands out as a straightforward and powerful tool for uninstalling unwanted apps.
4. AppDelete: a powerful Mac app uninstaller
AppDelete is another quick and effective single-purpose uninstaller. Like many of its competitors, this app seeks out and eliminates hard-to-find support files and junk data from the apps you delete. These include widgets, screensavers, preference panes, and other files you might not know were taking up room on your Mac.
When it comes to tossing out unwanted files, AppDelete stands out for its flexibility. While it can permanently remove files from your hard drive, it also gives you the option to log those files or archive them in a space-saving .zip format. This can help improve your Mac’s performance without permanently losing data.
AppDelete has an undo feature that you can use to restore files you deleted by accident.
If you’re looking for a simple-to-use app uninstaller, AppDelete is a strong option. Some users might prefer an uninstaller that’s offers a wider variety of file management functions, but AppDelete does what it does at a high level.
For a more comprehensive file manager with comparable uninstall functions, try CleanMyMac X.
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5. TrashMe: an efficient app uninstaller for Mac
The name says it all: TrashMe hunts down your junk files, whether they belong to an app or not. This uninstaller for Mac not only gets rid of your unwanted apps and their support files, but also seeks out unnecessary duplicates and redundant files, giving you the option to toss them permanently.
It also cleans out your cache to give you back all the disk space it can. TrashMe can even find and erase incomplete downloads and “orphaned” files, which may not show up on other scans.
TrashMe can find incomplete downloads that waste your disk space.
With its thorough scanning and deletion features, TrashMe is a great option for completely uninstalling apps. It also offers a high level of control. Instead of emptying the whole Trash bin, TrashMe lets you select which files to delete permanently and which you want to leave in the trash in case you need them later.
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Users who like its deep searches should also check out CleanMyMac X, which offers fine-tuned detection.
6. TuneUpMyMac: a flexible app uninstaller
TuneUpMyMac is a full-featured app uninstaller. It stands out for the range of scans and operations it can perform.
Unlike some of its competitors, which only have a drag-and-drop window or list, TuneUpMyMac has an extensive interface that clearly organizes its features. This means you can do specific tasks, like finding duplicates, without starting a complete scan-and-delete process.
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This uninstaller also actively suggests file types that you can safely delete to free up disk space, including unused languages and redundant logs. It also features “one-click cleaning,” which automates several tasks and makes cleanup faster and easier.
TuneUpMyMac hasn’t been updated recently, which may impact its performance with newer computers. Still, it’s a solid option for people looking to free up disk space.
A few final remarks
All these Mac uninstallers are similar in functionality. But speaking of the design and user-friendliness, CleanMyMac X, leaves its counterparts way behind, in my opinion. For example, the visual cues are crystal-clear and the also app gives you personalized tips, like “you have 4 unused apps you can delete.”
That was our take on best Mac apps to delete other apps. Now try them in action and start deleting things — getting rid of old clutter is such a relief!