Apple has announced a new, redesigned 24-inch iMac, featuring an M1 chip, a 4.5K display, and a range of color options, as well as an improved cooling system, front-facing camera, speaker system, microphones, power connector, and peripherals.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on April 20, he will likely take us back to the memories of the launch of the iMac G3, the iconic computer that not only saved Cupertino from bankruptcy but also made Apple the tech giant it is today.
The computer is only 11.5 mm thick, and the screen 23.5″ 4.5K Retina Display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of maximum brightness, P3 1B color support, and True Tone technology to adjust color temperature automatically based on your surroundings.
The M1 chipset enables up to 85% faster CPU performance and up to 50% better GPU performance than the most powerful discrete graphics in the fastest old 21.5″ iMac. In some apps, the GPU is actually twice as fast as in the previous small iMac model, and you also get 3x faster machine learning.
The new iMac has two Thunderbolt ports and Wi-Fi 6. The pricier version offers two additional USB-C ports and also has a 1Gbps Ethernet port. Speaking of the power adapter, the cable that goes from that adapter to the computer attaches magnetically, in a neat touch.
“M1 is a gigantic leap forward for the Mac, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new iMac, the first Mac designed around the breakthrough M1 chip,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With its striking design in seven stunning colours, its immersive 4.5K Retina display, the best camera, mics, and speakers ever in a Mac, and Touch ID, combined with the amazing performance of M1 and the power of macOS Big Sur, the new iMac takes everything people love about iMac to an entirely new level.”
iMac features a 1080p FaceTime HD camera — the best in a Mac — which delivers high-quality video and great performance in low light. iMac also takes advantage of the image signal processor in the M1 chip and the Neural Engine, enhancing camera image quality with better noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto exposure and white balance. To complement the camera, the new iMac features a studio-quality three-microphone array for clearer calls and voice recordings, the best in a Mac.
Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event is filled with a lot more surprises, so stay tuned with us for more updates