Today, Apple announced a new vibrant series of iMacs, all powered by the M1 chip. With a 24" display and 11.5 mm in thickness, they are a departure from the established iMac design.
The new Apple iMac released today will have a completely redesigned shell, striking profile, and a new display. The redesign was a long time coming, but the color variety came as a surprise to some users. A new display will be a step up from the previous models, which means better color accuracy and more detail. The iMac will be available for purchase from April 30, with the cheapest model retailing for $1,299 in the US.
The redesigned Apple iMac is harnessing the power of the M1 chip and is claimed to be a breakthrough in what computers are. So far, the power of the M1 chip has been on display with the Mac Mini. The system-on-chip architecture will provide increased efficiency with less size.
The 8-core CPU in the new iMac will make a noticeable difference in workflows. Apple claims that it has the fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, as well as featuring the fastest integrated graphics. The new M1 chip has up to 85% faster CPU performance, which means faster video exports and confident work with 100-megapixel files in the processing software.
The GPU will be 2x faster in some apps, such as Affinity Photo or Photoshop. This will give creatives the ability to render edits in real-time or add complex edits to images. The new iMac will support editing of up to five streams of 4K footage or a single stream of 8K.
Displays are probably the feature most photographs are most excited about. Apple has made a reputation for having incredible displays in the past, and with this Mac, they are living up to that heritage. The 24-inch display will have narrower borders, and 11.3 million pixels. The display will be 4.5K and have a wide P3 color gamut with 500 nits of brightness. The True Tone technology will adjust the display's colors to match the ambient light. The display is covered with Apple's anti-reflective coating for comfort.
The most distinct feature of the new iMac is the new design. It will be a much more rectangular one with sharper edges. The M1 chip is enabling Apple to compact the logic board and the thermals into a smaller space, meaning the computer will fit in even smaller spaces.
The computer comes in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. A departure from a much-loved space gray could upset some users. Apple aims to make the new iMac more personalized. In addition to the new design is a color-matched magnetic power cable. Cables are a weak spot sometimes, so Apple made this one woven in hopes to make it more durable.
Touch ID and New Accessories
Touch ID technology has made it to Apple's iMac with the introduction of the new Magic Keyboard. The new keyboard and mouse will also be color coordinated with the display meaning, that the keyboard is also available in seven colors. It looks like Apple found a use for some empty keys on the Magic Keyboard and resigned functions to some other keys as well. In line with their new design of the iMac, the keyboard features round edges. The Magic Mouse is the same except for the color. How do you feel about the new colors and design of the new Apple iMac? Will you be upgrading from your current model? Let me know in the comments!