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Apple iMac 21.5-Inch "Core i3" 3.6 (4K, 2019) Specs

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Apple iMac 21.5-Inch "Core i3" 3.6 (4K, 2019) Specs by Kenyans247(1): Sat 26, December, 2020 10:13am
The iMac "Core i3" 3.6 21.5-Inch Aluminum (Retina 4K, 2019/Coffee Lake) features a 14-nm "Coffee Lake" 3.6 GHz Intel "Core i3" processor (I3-8100) with four independent processor "cores" on a single chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 SDRAM that is reportedly "built into the computer" -- but it actually can be upgraded later, it is just needlessly difficult -- a 1 TB (5400 RPM) hard drive (256 GB SSD standard with an optional 1 TB "Fusion" Drive, which combines a 32 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD, for the same price starting on August 4, 2020), and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory. It also has a built-in "FaceTime HD" webcam and stereo speakers.

This model has a 21.5" 4096x2304 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS DCI-P3 "Retina 4K" display (that runs "pixel doubled" to look like 2048x1152). The rear of the case is aluminum and is thicker in the middle and tapers to a razor thin 5 mm at the edges.

Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, dual Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2. It does not have a T2 chip.

Compared to its predecessor, this model is very similar externally and internally, but it has a more advanced processor and architecture as well as graphics processor.

By default, the "2019" iMac models ship with a compact aluminum Apple Magic Keyboard and the multi-touch "Magic Mouse 2". For an additional US$30, you can upgrade from the default keyboard to the "Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad" and for an additional US$50, you also can upgrade from the Magic Mouse 2 to the "Magic Trackpad 2," which provides multi-touch and pressure-sensitive "Force Touch" capabilities.

Also see:

What are all the differences between the "2019" Aluminum iMac models? (In-Depth)
What are all of the differences between the "2019" Aluminum iMac models and their "Mid-2017" predecessors? (In-Depth)
What are the "pros and cons" of the "Early 2019" and other "Tapered Edge" iMac models? Is one right for me? (Quick Read)
Click on a category for related details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. Asterisks (*) reference data in details fields.

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Introduction Date: March 19, 2019 Discontinued Date: N/A
Processors: 1 (4 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
Geekbench 2 (32): N/A Geekbench 2 (64): N/A
Geekbench 3 (32): 3365 Geekbench 3 (32): 11880
Geekbench 3 (64): N/A Geekbench 3 (64): N/A
Geekbench 4 (SC): 4611 Geekbench 4 (MC): 13403
Geekbench 5 (SC): 910 Geekbench 5 (MC): 3240
Processor Speed: 3.6 GHz Processor Type: Core i3 (I3-8100)
Details: This model is powered by a 14 nm, 64-bit "8th Generation" Intel Mobile Core i3 "Coffee Lake" (I3-8100) processor which includes four independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 6 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel). It does not support Turbo Boost.

This model does not have a T2 security chip.

Also see: How fast are the "2019" iMac models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the "Mid-2017" models that preceded them and the iMac Pro?
Turbo Boost: None Custom Speeds: 3.2 GHz (i7)
Processor Upgrade: LGA 1151* FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 8 GT/s* Cache Bus Speed: 3.6 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k x4 L2/L3 Cache: 256k x4, 6 MB
RAM Type: PC4-19200 DDR4* Min. RAM Speed: 2400 MHz
Details: *Apple reports that this model has memory "built into the computer" and "it can only be upgraded by an Apple Authorized Service Provider if you choose to upgrade at a later date." It is possible, but difficult, to upgrade the RAM yourself, too.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "2019" Tapered Edge Aluminum iMac models? Is it even possible? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM does each model actually support?
Standard RAM: 8 GB Maximum RAM: 32 GB*
Details: *8 GB of RAM is standard and reported as "built into the computer" with an optional upgrade to 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM at the time of purchase for an extra US$200 or US$600, respectively. However, as first confirmed by site sponsor OWC, it actually is possible to upgrade the RAM after the initial purchase of the Mac, it is just needlessly complicated.

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this iMac.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells memory and other upgrades for this iMac.

In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells RAM and other upgrades for this iMac.

In Germany, site sponsor CompuRAM sells memory and other upgrades for this iMac.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Motherboard RAM: None* RAM Slots: 2*
Video Card: Radeon Pro 555X VRAM Type: Dedicated
Details: This model has an AMD Radeon Pro 555X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory.

Which "Tapered Edge" iMac have video processors with dedicated memory? Which have integrated memory?
Standard VRAM: 2 GB Maximum VRAM: 2 GB
Built-in Display: 21.5" 16:9 Widescreen Native Resolution: 4096x2304
Details: This model has a 21.5" LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen TFT active matrix "Retina 4K" display with IPS technology, a native resolution of 4096x2304, a "wide color" DCI-P3 gamut, and brightness of 500 nits. By default, it runs "pixel doubled" at 2048x1152, but also can run at scaled resolutions of 2304x1296 and 1560x1440.

In the UK, site sponsor ALB Repair offers component-level logic board repair, display repair, and other repair services for this iMac. No fix, no fee!

In Spain, site sponsor iRepairs provides affordable repair and data recovery services. In-person and by mail repair services include the display, graphics card, motherboard, power supply, and more for this iMac.

In Singapore, site sponsor Esmond Service Centre provides highly regarded repairs for the display, graphics card, motherboard, power supply, and more, all with a free estimate and fast turnaround for this iMac.
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring* 2nd Max. Resolution: 3840x2160 x2
Details: *This model can simultaneously support the internal display at full native resolution and up to one 5120x2880 (5K) external display at 60 Hz with support for one billion colors; two 3840x2160 (4K UHD) external displays at 60 Hz with support for one billion colors; or two 4096x2304 (4K) external displays at 60 Hz with support for millions of colors. It supports both extended desktop (second workspace) and video mirroring (internal display duplicated on the external display) modes.
Standard Storage: 1 TB HDD, 256 GB SSD** Std. Storage Speed: 5400 RPM
Details: *This model has a Serial ATA (6 Gb/s) connector for a 2.5" hard drive. If configured with a "Fusion" Drive or an SSD at the initial time of system purchase, it also has a PCIe connector, but this connector is not present if the system only is configured with a hard drive.

At the time of purchase, Apple originally offered a 1 TB "Fusion Drive" (which combines a 32 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive) for an extra US$100, a 256 GB SSD for an extra US$200, a 512 GB SSD for an extra US$400, or a 1 TB SSD for an extra US$800 (1 TB SSD upgrade price cut to US$600 on July 9, 2019).

**On August 4, 2020, Apple switched the default storage from a 1 TB hard drive to a 256 GB SSD with an optional 1 TB "Fusion" Drive -- 32 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD -- via custom configuration for the same price. The company also cut the price of the 512 GB and 1 TB SSD upgrade options to US$200 and US$400, respectively.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Tapered Edge" Aluminum iMac models? What type of storage do they support? Is it even possible to upgrade these models?

In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this iMac.

In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this iMac.

Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions: 2.5" (7 mm)* Storage Interface: Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)*
Standard Optical: None* Standard Disk: None
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
Standard AirPort: 802.11ac* Standard Bluetooth: 4.2
USB Ports: 4 (3.0) Firewire Ports: None
Expansion Slots: SDXC SD Card Expansion Bays: None
Details: In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of external expansion options and hand-picked accessories like external storage, stands, keyboards, cables, adapters, speakers, and more for this iMac.

In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, keyboards, security products, and more for this iMac.
Incl. Keyboard: Magic Keyboard* Incl. Input: Magic Mouse 2*
Case Type: All-in-One Form Factor: 21.5" iMac Tapered Edge
Apple Order No: MRT32LL/A* Apple Subfamily: Retina 4K, 21.5-Inch, 2019
Apple Model No: A2116 (EMC 3195) Model ID: iMac19,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A2116 Model Number, the 3195 EMC Number, and the iMac19,2 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Battery Type: N/A Battery Life: N/A
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.14.4 (18E2034) Maximum MacOS: Current
Minimum Windows: 10 (64-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 10 (64-Bit)*
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Details: Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?

Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.

For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions: 17.7 x 20.8 x 6.9 Avg. Weight: 12.5 lbs. (5.66 kg)
Original Price (US): US$1299 Est. Current Retail: US$1299
Details: To purchase a new iMac in the US, please visit site sponsor Adorama, which always has free shipping (as well as some recently discontinued/open box Apple hardware at bargain prices).

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.

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