Apple has officially announced the new iMac with a renewed design and with the Apple M1 chip on board, which makes its debut on this line. Let’s start with the design, which marks a total break from the previous generation and takes its cue from that adopted on the iPad Pro and the high-end Pro display XDR monitor. Very small bezels on three sides, except for the lower one, necessary to house part of the iMac hardware, including the two speakers and the cooling system. Incredibly reduced thickness. Unlike previous generations, the new iMac is available in seven different colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver.
There is a new design for the Magic Keyboard, which will be available in two different versions, one of which is equipped with Touch ID support. It will be available in different colors to match the color of the iMac. The Magic Mouse is matched to the color of the iMac, while the Magic Trackpad has been slightly redesigned. At the moment these accessories are not available for separate purchase.
The diagonal of the display also changes, which will be 24 inches, 4.5K resolution (4,480 x 2,520 pixels), peak brightness of 500 nits, and support for True Tone technology arrives. It also improves the integrated webcam, which is now a FaceTime HD 1080p, capable of taking advantage of the Neural Engine of the M1 chip to improve video quality. The audio sector is also improving, thanks to new studio-quality microphones and support for spatial audio.
First iMac with M1 chip
As anticipated, the new 24-inch iMac is the first iMac to use Apple’s M1 chip, after years of using Intel chips. CPU performance is up to 85% faster than the previous 21.5-inch iMac. GPU performance, on the other hand, is up to 2x faster than the fastest dedicated graphics card available in the previous 21.5-inch model.
When it comes to connectivity, we have four USB Type-C ports, two of which with Thunderbolt support, while on the side there is the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Furthermore, the power supply is itself a kind of dongle, which includes an Ethernet port. Also, it has a magnetic hook and a matching braided cable.
The new iMac with M1 chip will be available to order from April 30, with availability from the second half of May. The starting price is 1,499 euros for the version with octa-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard without Touch ID, and power supply with Ethernet port. It goes up to 1,719 euros for the version with octa-core CPU, octa-core GPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and power supply with Ethernet.