Apple reveals radical new iMac for 2021 #Tech
Updated: May 16, 2021
After countless rumors and speculation, which is generally the case with any upcoming Apple product, the all-new iMac with the proprietary M1 chip, was finally unveiled during Apple’s Spring event online, from Apple Park.
The iMac was one amongst a slew of products and services announced during the hour-long virtual event.
New products included Air Tags, an updated Apple TV 4K, and the new iPad Pro with an M1 chip.
Unlike previous iterations of the iMac, which would receive a minor spec bump, this year’s model is significant.
Apple's new Desktop has been completely redesigned from the ground up and overhauled inside out, to support the new hardware. To put into perspective, the last time that the iMac got a redesign was over nine years ago.
The form factor of the 24” iMac is incredibly thin at just 11.5 mm with a lightweight chassis of just 10 lbs.
The design draws inspiration from the iPad Pro and the latest iPhone 12 lineup with rounded rectangles and flat surfaces.
This slim profile, is only possible due to the M1 chip, which combines the CPU & GPU.
This makes for better heat management and space optimization, freeing up room on the inside when compared to its predecessors.
The M1 chip running Mac OS Big Sur enables iOS apps to run natively on the Mac.
Viewed head-on, the iMac now dons a thin white bezel. It surrounds a high-resolution 4.5k Retina display with True Tone.
The Display peaks out at a brightness of 500 nits. A single hinge mechanism supports the Display with a chin that no longer wears the Apple Logo.
To reduce the thickness of the device, Apple chose to include the key components of the computer like the logic board, and two cooling fans with in the chin.
Apple missed a great opportunity here. They could have instead chosen an increased the thickness for Display and put these components behind the it.
This would have achieved a design aesthetic similar to that on the Pro-Display XDR, doing away with the chin altogether.
Other features on the new iMac include an all-new 1080p FaceTime camera, three studio-quality Mics, and an improved inbuilt speaker system (Six speakers in total) with spatial audio.
As far as connectivity goes, the iMac now comes standard with 2 USB C ports on the base model. Additional USB 3 ports can be added as an option while ordering the iMac. Apple has done away with the SD card reader altogether with the M1 iMac.
A magnetic braided power cable powers the M1 iMac. The cable leads to a power brick where the Ethernet cable can also be directly plugged-in. Apple has done this to reduce clutter behind the desktop.
The all-new M1 iMac marks a significant milestone in Apple’s transition towards Apple Silicon. It finally brings the High-performance chip to the desktop lineup.
To break the monotony of the previous generation iMac, Apple now offers seven stunning colors to choose from, just like they did back on the 1998 model.
New Color options include a blue, yellow, purple, green, orange, red, and the classic silver.
It should be noted that Apple has gone with a two-tone look with the back of the iMac featuring a darker color when compared to the stand and matching accessories.
According to Apple, these colors have been added to liven up any space. But, the purists and pros amongst us are most likely to stick with either silver or space grey.
These colors might be introduced on higher spec pro models in the future.
Every iMac comes with matching colored accessories, including the Magic Mouse, the Magic Trackpad, and Magic Keyboard, now with Touch ID.
According to Apple, this new iMac is a giant leap forward in desktop computing.That certainly holds true. Apple has set a new benchmark yet again within the Desktop class of computers.
The all-new 24” iMac with M1 chip makes for a compelling all-in-one Desktop computer, with its industry-leading software and hardware integration.
Pricing for the base model starts at $1299 going all the way up to $1699. The key differences between the models are down to the number of GPU cores, internal storage.
It will join other M1 computers in Apples lineup, which include the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro 13” and the Mac mini.