Apple released a redesigned iMac with a thinner screen, Apple Silicon chip, and a protective case with bright, eye-catching colors, harking back to the classic colorful all-in-one iMac. Apple said that the new iMac is completely designed for the M1 chip.
The new iMac is equipped with a 24-inch 4.5K display with narrower top and side bezels. It still has a large chin on the bottom, but the back of the screen is now flat instead of curved. Apple said sales are down by more than 50%. The display also has Apple’s True Tone technology, which can automatically adjust the color temperature.
Apple also promised much-needed updates to the iMac’s camera and microphone to make it look better during video calls. Now, it has a 1080p resolution and a larger sensor.
The new iMac is 11.5mm thick, but according to Apple, the M1 chip should be quieter than its predecessor. According to the company, the new model will have “two little fans” that will replace the “mega heaters” found on previous generation iMacs.
There’s also a new magnetic power cable (i.e. the old MagSafe cable) that connects to the back. The Ethernet power supply can be connected and connected with a single cable.
The base model has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports on the back, and the higher model has two additional USB-C ports (no Thunderbolt support). Surprisingly, there is always a headphone jack.
In addition to the new iMac, Apple also offers a keyboard, mouse, and touchpad in the same color. The keyboard has a Touch ID sign-in button.
The new iMac starts at $1,299, but some colors are reserved for the flagship model for $1,499. It is expected to launch at the end of May, and orders start on April 30th. There are a total of 7 color options.
The base model has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD. It can be upgraded with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of internal memory.
This is the first iMac converted to Apple Silicon, a chip developed internally by Apple. The company previously added Apple silicon chips to MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini in November.
Apple plans to eventually release ARM-based chips through the Mac line, which means macOS will be updated to support the new chipset, but it’s still worth replacing.
The first-generation Mac M1 is very popular because the new chip offers better performance and longer battery life.