After developing the M1 chip for the MacBook, Apple is bringing its ARM-based processor to a redesigned iMac desktop computer.
The result is a 24-inch all-in-one that’s noticeably thinner than previous iMac models. Look for it in the second half of May, starting at $1,299.
The company reduced the iMac’s size thanks to the eight-core M1 chip, which requires less cooling than Intel’s chips. The processor also consolidates the computing into a smaller logic board. Thus, Apple shrunk the new iMac’s volume by 50%. It’s now a mere 0.45 inches thick.
Credit: AppleThe same chip also promises to offer a sizable performance gain over older iMac models. Apple says customers can expect an up to 85% increase in CPU speeds. The new iMac’s graphics processing can also offer a 50% to 200% improvement, depending on the app.
Other standout features include a “4.5K Retina display,” a FaceTime camera that can record at 1080p, studio-quality microphones, and a built-in six-speaker system, which should all help produce top-notch video calls.
Credit: AppleAnother notable change comes to the power connector, which attaches magnetically to the back of the iMac. In addition, the power adapter features a 1Gbps Ethernet port.
Credit: AppleFor the first time, the keyboard for iMac will also include Touch ID, enabling you to unlock the device with the fingerprint reader.
Credit: Apple“Every iMac features two Thunderbolt ports for superfast data transfers, giving customers high-performance options to connect to more devices, including support for up to a 6K display, like Apple Pro Display XDR, and Wi-Fi 6 delivers faster wireless performance,” the company added.
The $1,299 model will offer the M1 chip, but only with a 7-core GPU, along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The $1,499 model will offer an 8-core GPU, and adds two additional USB 3 ports, along with the Ethernet-capable power adaptor.
The new iMac gets a colorful makeover. The 7-core will come in green, pink, blue, and silver. The 8-core version adds yellow, orange, and purple options. Pre-orders begin on April 30.
In terms of screen size, the new iMac sits in the middle between the previous models, which have 21.5-inch and 27-inch displays.