Apple, after almost a decade ago has given its iMac a brand spanking new design, boasting a 50% thinner chassis over its predecessor. Although the bezels are now shaved off considerably, the bottom bezels appear to be retained here. With a revamp, we expected super-thin bezels all around.
Anyways, let’s get to the tidbits of the new iMac. A new 24″ display sits at the front featuring a 4.5K resolution, over a billion colors, and 500 nits of brightness. The FaceTime HD camera now has double the resolution at 1080p.
The Magic Keyboard now comes with a new Emoji, Do not Disturb, Dictation, Spotlight, and Lock button. Also, there’s a new Touch ID sensor replacing the lock button on the top model. Now you might wonder how was that possible. The fingerprint data is transferred via the secure processor in the keyboard to the Secure Enclave integrated into the iMac. This new Magic Keyboard is only available on the top model.
Along with a redesign, comes the highly acclaimed and unparalleled Apple M1 chip for blazing-fast performance. The M1 has conquered the entire Apple lineup except for the iPhone. Featuring an 8-core CPU and 7-core/8-core GPU, the sky is the limit for this processor. Now we can safely assume that Apple has finally has ended its association with Intel for computer processors.
The storage out of the box starts with a 256GB SSD unit and the memory onboard starts with 8GB of RAM. The maxed-out variant tops at 512GB of storage along with 16GB of memory.
A six-speaker system and three-microphone array are on board the new iMac. The power cable is now magnetic for convenience and safety. With that said, Apple has done something smart here, as in, the Ethernet port is now part of the power adaptor. Simply plug in the ethernet cable in the slot integrated into the power adaptor and both the power and internet connectivity are routed through the power cord.
The base model comes with only two Thunderbolt ports whereas the top variant adds three USB-C ports and of course, the aforementioned Magic Keyboard with Touch ID sensor. macOS Big Sur runs the software show here.
The base model of the new 2021 iMac comes in four colors such as green, pink, silver, and blue with purple, yellow, and orange being exclusive to the higher model. Pricing starts at $1,299 all the way up to $1,699 for the maxed-out flavor. Pre-orders begin on April 30 with availability set to start in the third week of May.