After years of waiting, Apple has finally offered the world a spectacular new iMac overhaul, aimed at the company’s long-standing goal of “making the computer disappear.” This, of course, only applies to the new slim design, because these things are mind blowing. Naturally, the latest version of the 24-inch all-in-one desktop is built around the company’s new proprietary M1 chips.
The display sports a 4.5K Retina display, paired with a 1080p camera – a first for the Mac lineup, and a sign the company is taking audio and video more seriously, as these products serve as a lifeline for the Mac. crowd work at home. True Tone is, naturally, on board for better color balance, and the sound has been enhanced with a six-speaker setup. The screen features 11.3 million pixels, a P3 color gamut and 500 nits of brightness. Like the newer iMac models, it has an anti-reflective coating to reduce screen glare.
The new devices are significantly thinner – with the overall volume cut in half, according to the company. The rear is also flat, instead of being curved. As well as allowing for a much thinner design, the new chip allows for much faster performance than previous models – a huge performance boost that we saw in our own testing of the latest Mac generation. In total, the company claims it’s up to 85% faster than the latest model, paired with a GPU that is up to twice as fast and 3x more machine learning.
Here are some figures coming directly from the company:
- Up to 85% faster processor performance, so users can export their favorite video project to iMovie faster than ever before, easily work with massive 100 megapixel photos in Lightroom, and compile new apps in Xcode in a fraction time.
- Up to 2x faster GPU performance for some apps like Affinity Photo and Photoshop, and up to 50% faster than the most powerful discrete graphics on the fastest 21.5-inch iMac, allowing users to make real-time edits or add complex filters to their photos in the blink of an eye.
- The ability to edit up to five streams of 4K footage, or one stream of 8K footage, without dropping frames in Final Cut Pro.
- Up to 3x faster machine learning in applications that harness M1’s 16-core neural engine
On the back are up to four USB-C ports, including two Thunderbolts, for faster speed (say “goodbye to USB-A) and a new magnetic power adapter that also provides 1 Gbps Ethernet, which , at least, should declutter the back of the device a bit. The system is available in seven colors. It starts at $ 1,299. This includes a 7-core graphics processor, an 8-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage. It’s available in green, pink, blue and silver. At $ 1,499, you get the 8-core GPU, two additional ports, and the addition of yellow and orange colors.
There are also new accessories for the system, including a new colorful magic keyboard that incorporates TouchID. The new iMac goes up for preorder on April 30 and starts shipping in the second half of May.