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Apple iMac review: A 27-inch work-from-home beast with a killer webcam

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Apple iMac review: A 27-inch work-from-home beast with a killer webcam

Apple’s big summer surprise was not the first ARM-based Mac. It wasn’t a new Mac Mini, nor the return of the 12-inch MacBook. The biggest hardware news from the company right now is a new 27-inch iMac. Yes, it looks the same as the last 27-inch iMac, and the one before that, and so on. It even keeps the same starting prices as before, with base models at $1,799$1,999 and $2,299. (International prices start at £1,799 or AU$2,799.)

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some significant changes. As expected, you can get newer and higher-end CPU and GPU choices, and further expand both the RAM and storage. But the real standouts to me are the improved webcam, updating one of the oldest, most-ignored pieces of computer tech, and the option to add the same nano-texture screen coating as offered in the Apple Pro Display XDR

Like

  • New nano texture screen option is amazing
  • Fast new processor options
  • Major webcam upgrade to 1080p model

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  • Big screen bezels make for a dated design
  • The nano texture screen option is an expensive add-on

The stay-at-home test 

I’ve been using the new iMac for the past couple of weeks, and after (many) years of working almost exclusively from laptops, especially at home, I’m already spoiled by the big screen. At another time, during another crisis, I may not have been so open to a desk-hogging all-in-one computer. But as I’m unable to travel to and from my office or work from coffee shops, I may as well enjoy some of the benefits that come from a desktop — namely the big screen. 

No, you can’t easily carry it from room to room like a laptop — although I’ve lugged the iMac around my apartment many times for prime photo and video backdrops — and Apple’s external mouse-and-keyboard combo isn’t my favorite. But it’s also inspired me to expand my home office (i.e., a small corner of my bedroom) and start building a new 8-foot-long reclaimed wood work desk. More on that in a future story… 

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Despite an overly familiar look, almost everything under the shell is new, making this one of the most comprehensive Mac makeovers since the 2018 MacBook Air. For students, it may be remote learning overkill, but for creative pros trying to rebuild a pro-level studio at home, there’s a lot of new spec options to consider. 

Those new specs include 10th-gen Intel CPUs (up to a 10-core Core i9!) and even newer AMD Radeon 5000-series graphics cards. RAM is now expandable to 128GB. SSDs are standard across the line (no more hybrid drives) with up to 8TB of storage, doubling the previous top capacity.

If you’re editing 4K or 8K video or high-resolution photos, or working in CAD programs, you probably already know if you need an upgrade like that. Working from home has me shooting (and sometimes editing) 4K video, so I’m using it more and more for that now. 

Biggest changes to the 27-inch iMac

  • A jump to 10th-gen Intel CPUs, up to a 10-core Core i9
  • Radeon Pro 5000-series graphics from AMD
  • Standard SSDs across the line (no more hybrid drives) — up to 8TB (doubling the previous top capacity) 
  • Up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Adds Apple’s T2 security chip, which enables “Hey, Siri” and a host of camera functionality improvements 
  • True Tone display
  • The same improved studio mics as in the 16-inch MacBook Pro


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About (Face)time 

Video calls have become the new norm, and now we’re all turning into webcam experts. We’ve also discovered that even high-end machines such as the MacBook Pro (and previous iMacs) have webcams that are merely OK. Join the corporate masses in all-day, every-day Zoom (or Skype, WebEx and so on) meetings and all of a sudden these lower-res 720p cameras aren’t doing us any favors. Six months ago, few of us gave much thought to webcam audio and video quality. Now it’s an obsession that’s spawned endless articles full of tips on improving your virtual meeting presence. 

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A quick shot via the 1080p webcam. 


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The first day I turned on the new iMac, I immediately jumped into a Zoom call, then did a live TV hit and later recorded the video accompanying this article — all from the built-in webcam. Normally, I capture video in 4K via a phone, and with an external mic. Since even the mics are upgraded here, using the same better-than-average set found on the excellent 16-inch MacBook Pro, I just used those. 

The video quality was impressive for a computer webcam. The audio was …ok. Good enough for a webcam call, but no really for a talking-head style video. I’ve gone back to hooking up my external Rode mic for video calls. 

Using Apple’s T2 chip, the company says the iMac webcam can also spot faces in the frame and optimize for them by adjusting exposure to flatter faces over backgrounds. With that kind of ability, I’d expect to have facial recognition login features (such as Face ID on the iPhone) or at least the ability to track faces and follow them. It doesn’t do either of those things, but the improvement over a standard Mac webcam was immediately obvious. Until now, you had to get an iMac Pro for a 1080p FaceTime camera. 

The speakers are physically unchanged since the 2014 version of the iMac, according to Apple. But new variable EQ software (non-user adjustable, however) adds some audio tweaks, especially at low volumes. Lots of computer-makers rely on software EQ systems to tweak audio: Actually putting bigger speakers in a computer requires a bigger computer, after all, and that’s not the direction computer design generally goes in. 

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Same slim edges, same bowed back. 


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Big news for nano-texture 

There’s another high-end feature for the new iMac, but unlike the webcam and mics, it doesn’t come standard on any of the base model 27-inch iMacs. For an additional $500, you can add the nano-texture glass option, designed to minimize screen glare. Having seen and used an Apple Pro Display without the nano-texture, and now seeing this new 27-inch iMac with the nano-texture, I’m sold. If you’re making a big investment in a long-term work tool, it might be worth splurging on, much as it pains me to say that. 

Unlike matte screen coatings, which can cause dull, washed-out images, the nano-texture is etched right into the glass (at the nanometer level, Apple says, hence the name). 

I live (and now work) in an apartment that gets a lot of afternoon sun from its 8-foot-tall westward-facing windows, so I know all about screen glare. I’m always moving out of the way of the light, and my TV is unwatchable for a big chunk of the day because of it. The matte-like nano-texture screen, however, was nearly glare-proof. At extreme angles, I still caught some reflection, but it’s a big improvement over what I’m used to. 

One of the shortcomings of our remote working environment is the inability to collaborate with my colleagues in person. Normally, I’d defer to our display expert, Lori Grunin, for a deeper dive into how the nano-texture affects color accuracy and the differences between something like this and the stand-alone Pro Display XDR (currently priced between $4,999 and $5,999, stand not included). In the meantime, I’ll say that it’s a marked improvement over other screens I’ve used with anti-glare coatings or matte finishes. 

This review unit is a fairly tricked-out build — it works out to $4,499 — so in the charts below, I’ve compared it to some recent high-end Windows PCs, including the similarly priced Corsair One Pro, which reminded me of my one lingering regret about the new iMac and its big screen — no matter how powerful, it’s still never going to be a gaming machine… 

Geekbench 5 (multi-core)

Geekbench 5 (multicore)
Corsair One Pro i200 12766
Apple iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) 10140
Origin PC Eon15-X 9850
Gigabyte Aorus 17X 7898

Cinebench R20 CPU (multi-core)

Cinebench R20 CPU (multi-core)
Origin PC Eon15-X 6362
Corsair One Pro i200 6197
Apple iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) 5910
Gigabyte Aorus 17X 3385

System Specs

Apple iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) Apple macOS Catalina; 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-10910; 32GB DDR4 2,667MHz RAM; 16GB AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT; 1TB Flash Storage
Gigabyte Aorus 17X Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i9-10980HK; 32GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 8192MB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super; 1 TB SSD + 2TB HDD
Corsair One Pro i200 Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 3.3GHz Intel Core i9-10940X; 64GB DDR4 2.67GHz RAM; 11264MB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 2TB SSD
Origin PC Eon15-X Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 3.1GHz AMD Ryzen 9300; 16GB DDR4 2.67GHz RAM; 8192MB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070; 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD

Biggest changes to the 27-inch iMac

  • A jump to 10th-gen Intel CPUs, up to a 10-core Core i9
  • Radeon Pro 5000-series graphics from AMD
  • Standard SSDs across the line (no more hybrid drives) — up to 8TB (doubling the previous top capacity) 
  • Up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Adds Apple’s T2 security chip, which enables “Hey, Siri” and a host of camera functionality improvements 
  • True Tone display
  • The same improved studio mics as in the 16-inch MacBook Pro

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The beginning of Part 1 will arrive in Portuguese in MANGA Plus – JBox

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past too it’s a spade! From July 13 first 3 chapters from the first part Chainsaw will be available from translation into Portuguese No MANGAPlusfree app to read manga from Shueisha.

Apparently, not all 97 chapters of this first phase will be available, but only these first 3. The series will also not be split into two parts on the website/app. Even if it is a new phase, it will be published as usual. on the page of the man with the chainsawso the first chapter of part 2 will be #98.

Translation and editing work done comediansalso responsible for other platform projects with pt-br version (cases One piece, spy x family, Tokyo Ghoul Re e Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen). The information came from a project manager for a company in Brazil.

Unfortunately, the series is not among those that can be read completely free in english app — so even with the most recent readings, fans will have to resort to printed versions or alternative means to learn about the entire series. MANGA Plus does not allow, at least for now, subscriptions for fans in Brazil.

It is worth remembering that the second part of the manga, which will begin July 13, will also be available in Portuguese. Until the long-awaited sequel, Tatsuki Fujimoto launched one-shots on the Shueisha platform look back e Goodbye Eriin addition to working with mangaka Toda Oto (To take off the flash).

Story Chainsaw approaches Denji, a poor man capable of anything for money, even hunting demons with his dog, Honor. He is an ordinary boy mired in debt, but one day everything changes when he is betrayed by a man he trusted. Now possessing demonic powers, Denji becomes the Chainsaw Man (“The Chainsaw Man”).

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Fujimoto first part in Shonen jump from 2018 to December 2020, 11 volumes have been compiled to date. OUR Panini publishes manga in Brazil – check out our review first volume.

The work will be adapted into anime by the MAPPA studio and will have watching and duplicating Crunchyroll.


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Portuguese missionary denounces ‘daily persecution and massacre’ in Congo

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Portuguese missionary denounces 'daily persecution and massacre' in Congo

“There are persecutions and massacres every day” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the international community turns a blind eye to this, says Father Marcelo de Oliveira, a Portuguese missionary in the African country.

The chief administrator of Komboni Province Missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo speaks in an interview Renaissancethat attacks are permanent in an area of ​​the country where “cobalt is a source of wealth.”

“There are persecutions and massacres every day, there are people who are tortured, people who are forced to leave their homes and forced to flee,” condemns a priest who has lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 15 years.

The eastern provinces of the DRC, notably North Kivu and neighboring Ituri, have “lived for decades in a state of constant instability due to the presence of various armed groups.

Born in Mortagua, Viseu district, the missionary says that in the Congo “no one escapes persecution.” “Catholics, Protestants and sects are treated equally”, given that “the religious question does not affect the situation at all”.

The priest says that “the Church is being persecuted, but to be a Christian means to be persecuted.” “The Catholic Church, which has great weight in public life, which has a large number of Catholics, which, by vocation, denounces, tells the truth and strives to defend the rights of the people, of course, is not appreciated by the simple,” he emphasizes.

The world “crossed its arms” on the problems in Africa

The priest admits that the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, is ready to fight corruption, but says that, on the one hand, the government is involved in the situation, and on the other hand, it is powerless to resolve it.

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“The complicity is there to keep getting what they get from the stuff they sell and ship out of the country anyway,” he explains.

On the other hand, Marcelo’s father accuses the international community of doing nothing for the suffering people of the Congo and trying to “keep capitalizing on the wealth of the country” by sending “weapons to be able to keep up the unrest and thus keep on stealing easily” . .

“The Congo is a very rich country, and it is a bit strange that such a rich country is at the same time so poor. There is gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt, soil that could give twice a year, it’s hard to understand,” the missionary laments, and then accuses: “there are interests from outside (the international community) to be able to continue to benefit from everything rich, and so they keep sending weapons to keep the mess going and thus easily keep stealing.”

The missionary ensures that “when there is a problem in Africa, everyone folds their hands” and gives an example of the reluctance to find a cure for malaria, which “kills a huge number of people every day”, and now with Covid-19. 19 pandemic “the whole world plunged into disaster.”

The priest assures that “there are more people who die in Africa from malaria than those who die from Covid”, and rhetorically asks: “Who created a medicine to treat poor Africans? The problem of malaria after all this time?”

Marcelo’s father replies, “No one, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. Since we cannot profit from what we do, it is not important to make medicine, it is not important to help a country that will not repay us, ”he laments.

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Pope ‘deeply wishes’ to visit Congo

In this interview with RenaissanceFather Marcelo Oliveira assures that “the population still expects that soon” the Pope will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He believes that “for people living in conditions of constant attacks, persecution, the visit of the Pope would be a moment of encouragement.”

First of all, because Francis planned a visit to the city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, “where he will be with some victims of violence, and, of course, these people may be a little disappointed.”

“However, the population continues to expect that he will be able to come to us soon,” he assures.

The priest confirms that the Pope “deeply desires to be and come” to the Congo to “know the reality” and acknowledges that “the celebration planned for this Sunday with the Congolese community at St. Parolina in Kinshasa “is a sign of such a will.”

“The Pope deeply desires to be and come, because I believe he has heard so much about the reality of the suffering of the Congolese people, and therefore he has a deep desire to be able to come,” he assures.

Francis’ trip to South Sudan and the Congo, scheduled for July 2-7, has been rescheduled for a new date to be fixed due to the Pope’s health.

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Wabi2b enters the Portuguese market to revolutionize commerce

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Wabi2b enters the Portuguese market to revolutionize commerce

BUT Wabi2b, a digital ecosystem that helps digitize and modernize brick-and-mortar commerce, has entered the European market with Portugal. The goal is to “revolutionize traditional retail and the HORECA channel” by allowing distributors and Cash & Carries to sell directly to traditional retailers in Portugal.

The company’s statement explains that the Wabi2b online store allows retailers to access multiple suppliers in the same store, view their entire portfolio of products, compare prices, place all their orders at the same time, and use the platform. exclusive promotions and discounts.

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From the supplier’s point of view, Wabi2b gives you the opportunity to choose the geographical area of ​​sales, the cost and minimum cost of delivery, the portfolio of products they represent, prices and deliveries, and the order payment procedure.

According to Wabi2b Portugal CEO Hugo Duarte, “The Wabi2b ecosystem is set to revolutionize traditional trading and business management practices. With this platform, consumer goods companies, suppliers and point of sale will connect for the first time in a single digital environment whose transactions will be carried out, which will reduce costs, waste, increase transparency, facilitate inventory control and better understand the business. performance”.

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In this first phase, Wabi2b already has over 1,700 registered stores in Lisbon, and in June it also launched in Porto.

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