Apple today introduced a redesigned iMac with a slimmer design, an Apple Silicon chip and a case with bright, bold colors that harkens back to the classic colorful all-in-one iMacs. Apple said the new iMac was designed for the M1 chip from the ground up.
The new iMac has a 24-inch, 4.5K display with narrower bezels around most edges than its predecessor. It still has a big chin on the bottom, but the back of the screen is now flat instead of curved – Apple says the volume has been reduced by more than 50 percent. The screen also has Apple’s True Tone technology for automatically adjusting the color temperature.
Apple also promises one badly needed update to the iMac’s camera and microphones so you look better during video calls. It now has 1080p resolution and a larger sensor.
The new iMac is 11.5mm thin, but Apple says the M1 chip should keep it quieter and cooler than the previous model. The new model has “two small fans” that replace the “bulky thermal system” of the previous generation iMac, the company said.
There is also a new magnetic power cable – it looks a lot like the old MagSafe cable – that attaches to the back. Ethernet can be connected to the power brick and delivered via the same cable. The more expensive model of the new iMac has four USB-C ports on the back, two of which support Thunderbolt. The base model has 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
In addition to the new iMac, Apple is also introducing a new keyboard, mouse and trackpad with matching colors. The keyboard has a Touch ID button for logging in.
The new iMac starts at $ 1299, although some colors are reserved for the $ 1499 model. It will be available in the second half of May, with orders starting April 30th.
This is the first iMac to switch to Apple Silicon, the chips Apple designed itself. The company first added an Apple Silicon chip to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini in November. Apple plans to eventually roll out these ARM-based chips to the entire Mac line. While the transition means updating macOS software to support the new chips, the trade-offs have been worth it so far. The first generation of M1 Macs has been extremely well received, with the new chips offering improved power and battery life.
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