As has long been rumored, Apple has stripped the wraps off a redesigned iMac with Apple silicon, a slimmer frame, and vibrant colors reminiscent of today’s older iMac G3. The new iMac looks impressive and joins the Apple M1-based MacBooks and Mac Mini that were released early last year.
New Apple iMac: specifications
Getting started, Apple says it has completely redesigned the iMac from the ground up for the M1 chip. The change to the internal chip of the company has allowed the company reduce iMac volume by 50 percent (compared to older Intel iMacs). The rear is no longer curved or flat, at 11.5 millimeters thick, which is only a few millimeters thicker than some budget smartphones in India.
In the front, you have a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with narrow bezels on the top and sides. There’s a thicker bottom bezel because all the internal components, as well as the bottom-firing speakers, are housed there. The panel supports 11.3 million colors, a wide DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 500 nits of brightness, and True Tone technology.
Under the hood, the Apple iMac is powered by the M1 chip along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage in the base variant. The company boasts of the M1 iMac offerings 85 percent faster performance than 21.5-inch iMac. The GPU performance is also said to be 2x faster than the previous iMac.
The new Apple iMac also includes four USB Type-C ports on the rear, two of which are standard USB Tyep-C ports and two Thunderbolt ports. There is also a MagSafe type power connector on the rear. The power adapter includes an Ethernet port, which will offer data speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
You will also find a six speaker sound system on board and Apple is calling you “The best sound system ever seen on a Mac” according to him official blog post. Provides spatial audio support with Dolby Atmos, powerful bass response, and an array of three beamforming microphones. There is also a 1080p FaceTime HD camera built into the top bezel.
Price and availability
The new M1-based Apple iMac starts at $ 1,299 for the 7-core GPU, dual-port USB-C model. You’ll have to shell out at least $ 1,499 for the 8-core GPU, quad-port USB-C model in the US.
It will be available in the following color combinations: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue and silver. The iMac will be available for pre-order starting April 30 and will begin shipping in the second half of May.
Along with the new iMac, Apple has also released three new Magic Keyboard models. While one is the usual full-size keyboard, the other two variants appear to be 65% models and one of them features Touch ID for biometric security. They have the same color as the new iMac.
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