21 April 2021
Apple has officially unveiled the first-ever iMac with its in-house developed M1 processor. It joins the M1 family featuring MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini devices launched last year. Other than the under the hood changes, the team has also revamped the visual appearance significantly along with an option to choose from seven different colors.
The first thing that you will notice straight away is how sleek the iMac 2021 lineup is from the side profile. Apple claims to be only 11.5 millimeters in thickness but for some reason, the signature but odd-looking iMac chin is still here. It does look a lot more out of the place because of the new sleek profile which makes it 50% smaller in volume than the predecessor.
Apple has added a new 1080p FaceTime HD webcam to the iMac that will enable video calls with much better clarity. It has a larger sensor that will be helpful even in low-light conditions and since there is an M1 chip inside, it has computation video processing support as well. There is a new three-mic array claimed to deliver "studio quality" audio. There is a new speaker system featuring a total of six speakers and two pairs of force-canceling woofers. It has support for Dolby Atmos and spatial audio which is a first for an iMac.
In terms of performance, Apple is undoubtedly claiming the new iMac to be the fastest iMac ever. It has twice as fast graphic performance as an old iMac and 50% faster overall performance. It is now capable of running iPhone and iPad applications but no touchscreen support here. There are actually two models with both featuring an octa-core M1 chipset. The 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD combination also remain the same. One of the variants has a 7-core GPU and another one has an 8-core GPU.
The connectivity options include up to four USB Type-C ports including two Thunderbolt ones. There is a new power cable that makes it easier to connect and the power brick has an ethernet port as well. It supports a wide range of official accessories including Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric keypad, color-matched Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad.
There are actually two iMac 2021 variants to choose from. The one with 7-core GPU is priced at $1,299 with available color options being Green, Pink, Blue, and Silver. The variant with an 8-core GPU will cost you $1,499 and will have an extra three colors: Yellow, Orange, and Purple.
Both of these will go on sale starting April 30th through online channels but if you like offline shopping, you will have to wait until the second half of May.