In April 2021, Apple revealed the new 24-inch M1 iMac, a dramatically revamped desktop computer that comes in a variety of bright colors.
The iMac now uses an Apple-designed “M1” Arm-based CPU, which outperforms previous Intel chips in terms of speed and economy.
The M1 chip is Apple’s first Mac System on a Chip, combining the CPU, GPU, RAM, and other components. It’s the same M1 processor that was first used in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, and it boasts an 8-core CPU with four high-efficiency cores and four high-performance cores, as well as an integrated GPU with up to eight cores.
According to Apple, the M1 iMac boasts up to 85 percent faster CPU performance, up to 2 times faster GPU performance, and up to 3 times quicker machine learning than the previous generation 21.5-inch model. RAM is capped at 16GB, as it was with previous entry-level 21.5-inch iMac models, although higher-end machines with Intel CPUs can be configured with up to 128GB RAM.
The M1 iMac features significant cosmetic design improvements. In comparison to previous models, the machine is exceptionally thin and compact, measuring only 11.5 millimeters thick. The iMac also includes a revised thin stand that allows you to alter the display’s angle.
Green, blue, pink, silver, orange, yellow, and purple are among the vibrant colors available for the new iMac. The iMac’s front panel has softer, pastel colors, while the back panel has considerably brighter and stronger colors. A new magnetic power connector with a color-matched braided cable powers the iMac.
The 24-inch 4.5K display has a resolution of 4480 by 2520 pixels, 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color, over a billion colors, and True Tone, which matches the display’s color temperature to the ambient illumination for a more natural viewing experience.
The M1 iMac comes with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a new image signal processor for enhanced low-light performance, and the Neural Engine in the M1 chip allows for better noise reduction, larger dynamic range, and superior auto exposure and white balance.
Studio-quality microphones and a six-speaker sound system with deep bass and clear mids and highs, as well as support for Dolby Atmos and spatial audio, are also included in the iMac.
On the back of the iMac, there are two Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 connectors, as well as four total USB-C ports for select variants. The iMac has a headphone connector on the side and can accommodate up to a 6K external monitor. For the higher-end model, the power adapter has a 1Gb/s Ethernet port, allowing for a less cluttered cable layout.
The iMac can be upgraded with up to 2TB of SSD storage and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility for the highest possible Wi-Fi performance.
Color-matched accessories for the keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, power cord, and Lightning to USB-C connector are included with the new iMac. Apple sells the iMac with or without a number pad keyboard, as well as a Touch ID keyboard.