Jonathan Morrison reviews the new iMac and shows why the nano-texture screen is so great

27-inch iMac 2020
(Image: © iMore)

iMore Verdict

Bottom line: On the surface, this iMac looks just like any iMac from so many years past, but its what's inside that counts, and this little guy has a lot.


  • +

    Much faster

  • +

    1080p webcam

  • +

    Matte option

  • +

    All SSD

  • +

    True Tone display


  • -

    Not Apple silicon

  • -

    No new design

You can always trust iMore. Our team of Apple experts have years of experience testing all kinds of tech and gadgets, so you can be sure our recommendations and criticisms are accurate and helpful. Find out more about how we test.

What you need to know

  • Jonathan Morrison reviewed the new 27-inch iMac.
  • He shows the difference between nano-texture and glossy screens.
  • The $500 price difference might be worth it after all.

Our very own Lory Gil has already reviewed the 2020 27-inch iMac and waxed poetic about its new nano-texture display. But sometimes you need to see it to believe it. YouTuber Jonathan Morrison has made that possible with a video all about the new machine. And that gorgeous new matte display.

Apple debuted the nano-texture display with the arrival of the Pro Display XDR screen back last year and we've been lusting after it ever since. At $1000 on an already costly display, we didn't expect it to come to iMac quite as soon as it did. But here it is, and it only costs $500. Bargain, right?

As it turns out, it might be. Over to Lory.

The nano-texture glass 27-inch iMac display is reason enough, in my opinion, to upgrade from an older iMac if you don't care who made the silicon inside.

Still not convinced? Check out Morrison's video where he puts two iMacs beside a window. The difference between the glossy and nano-textured screens is remarkable.

See what I mean?

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.