Apple’s first major hardware release in 2021 is to be pre-ordered tomorrow, with the order books of the first Apple M1-equipped iMac opening. Bringing not only Apple silicone, but a variety of colors not seen since the iMac G3, the 24-inch iMac also brings with it a potentially difficult decision for macOS users.
Introduced earlier this month, the 24-inch iMac is the fourth in the Apple Mac line to use its in-house chip designs. Unlike the 27-inch iMac – which remains on sale, at least for now – the new all-in-one leaves Intel and replaces it with a version of the latest Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook family chipset Air.
This transition from x86 to Arm allowed for some other significant hardware changes as well. For starters, the new 24-inch iMac is much thinner than its predecessor: even thinner than the first generation iPhone – with its blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange or purple chassis receiving a flat rear panel. one side and a 4.5K Retina display on the other.
Apple has also been creative with doors. All but the basic 24-inch iMac have two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, two USB 3 ports and gigabit ethernet, but the ethernet port is mounted on the external power supply, not on the back of the computer. This brick connects with a single custom power cable that runs through the back of the iMac.
As for the specification that we would choose, the mid-level 24-inch iMac seems to strike the right balance. Unlike the basic version, at $ 1,299, which has an 8-core CPU, but a 7-core GPU version of the Apple M1, mid- and high-level iMacs have the 8-core GPU. The $ 200 price difference between the basic and intermediate specifications also offers extra ports, in addition to the new magic keyboard updated with Touch ID. Anyone who has lived with a recent Apple laptop probably already knows how useful this fingerprint sensor can be in everyday life.
Of course, you can also choose to postpone, especially if you are an advanced and patient user. Although the M1 chipset has proven to be surprisingly powerful, it is believed that the second version of an internal Apple SoC design – not officially called the Apple M2 – is already in production. This may appear in the second half of 2021, probably on a new MacBook Pro first, but in addition, it is expected to find its way into a new, larger iMac.
The specs for this all-in-one Mac haven’t leaked yet, at least not in detail. However, given that the current 24-inch iMac fits on a larger screen with approximately the same footprint as the discontinued 21.5-inch iMac, it is not difficult to imagine that Apple could potentially put a 30-inch screen in the same type than the current 27-inch model. Combined with more performance, this can be a tempting upgrade for professional users looking to transition to the Apple Silicon, but don’t want to compromise on the screen size.
It is not yet known what the second half of 2021 will look like on the Mac. The new 24-inch iMac, in turn, will be on pre-order tomorrow, Friday, April 30, with shipments starting in the second half of May. If you want the green, pink, blue or silver versions, you will find them in the store and online, while the other three finishes will be offered only online.