The 2021 iMac features a bigger 4.5K Retina screen, fun color options, and Apple’s powerful M1 chip.
The 2019 model, meanwhile, has a smaller 21.5-inch 1080p display and a slower Intel-based processor.
Apple has officially unveiled its new 24-inch iMac with prices starting at $1,299. The redesigned desktop boasts several major upgrades over the previous 21.5-inch model, which Apple currently lists with a $1,099 starting price.
The 2021 iMac is the first to feature Apple’s powerful M1 chip. It also comes in a variety of color options and boasts a higher resolution screen. Compared to the older model, the new iMac includes a redesigned keyboard with Apple’s Touch ID processor as well.
Apple says the improved specs should translate to up to 85% faster CPU performance compared to the 21.5-inch iMac, as well as twice the GPU performance. The new iMac’s base model costs $200 more than the 2019 starting model, but the added power and bigger screen could be well worth the higher price.
A full verdict will have to wait until we get our hands on the new iMac in the coming weeks, but we’ve been impressed by Apple’s M1 chip in the new MacBook Air. If the 2021 iMac offers a similar leap in performance, it could be a very worthy desktop upgrade.
Below, we’ve compared some of the key starting specifications for the new 24-inch iMac versus the 21.5-inch model.
24-inch iMac (2021) versus 21.5-inch iMac (2019)
24-inch 4.5K Retina display
21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED display
8-core Apple M1 chip
2.3GHz dual‑core Intel Core i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
8GB of RAM
8GB of RAM
1080p FaceTime HD camera with M1 image signal processor
The next generation iMac comes in six bright colors
Like so many things these days, Apple’s new iMac comes tinged with late ’90s nostalgia: It’ll be the first Apple desktop in years to come in a rainbow of colors options.
The color options are a direct nod to the iMac G3 — the curvy computer from the late ’90s that helped distinguish Apple computers from its competition.
Beyond coming in a variety of colors, the new iMac is stunningly thin and looks almost like a large iPad mounted to a display arm. It has a 24-inch screen with a 4.5K resolution, powered by far beefier internals.
The latest iMac starts at $1,299 and can be preordered starting on April 30, with shipments set to begin in the second half of May.
iMac (small, Preferred: Apple)
The new iPad Pro has a more advanced chip, 5G connectivity, and a better display than ever
In terms of form and features, the new iPad Pro isn’t a huge upgrade from the previous model — more of a mid-cycle upgrade that brings it in line with other main Apple products, from the iPhone to the MacBook.
There are two key updates to 2021’s iPad Pro: Its processor is getting upgraded to Apple’s in-house M1 chips, and its wireless connectivity is getting upgraded with 5G functionality.
The new iPad Pro also comes with up to 2 TB of storage, and there’s a new white color option.
Like the previous version, it comes in two form factors: 11 and 12.9 inches, which start at $799 and $1099. The larger, more expensive model gets another upgrade with a “Liquid Retina XDR display,” which Apple says is its best iPad display yet.
2021 iPad Pro (small, Preferred: Apple)
The new AirTag can attach to items like keys or luggage so you can easily find them
The tracking accessory helps users find whatever the AirTag is attached to, similar to how Tile works.
The small device is designed to be attached to everyday items, like keys, purses, and wallets. Once attached, you can use your iPhone to find your item by seeking out its corresponding AirTag.
The tiny accessory takes the form of a circular tag with the signature Apple logo, though Apple says it will engrave custom designs into them at no cost. The AirTags integrate with Apple’s “Find My” app, and the app uses augmented reality to show visual markers leading you toward your lost item.
The new Apple TV 4K will feature Apple’s A12 Bionic chip – and has a redesigned remote
Apple is refreshing the Apple TV 4K, swapping in its latest A12 Bionic chip
Apple promises smoother video and improved picture thanks to a new feature that relies on your iPhone’s sensors to calibrate your TV, providing more natural colors and improved contrast.
The new set-top streaming box starts at $179 — which is the same price as the current version — and will be available for preorder beginning on April 30. The remote, which is compatible with some previous Apple TVs, costs $59.
TV 4K (2021) (small)
The latest iPhone now comes in a new color: purple
Apple just announced a new version of the iMac with a refreshed design that runs on its M1 processor. It comes in a range of colors such as purple, yellow, and blue among others like the iPhone, which is reminiscent of the vintage colorful iMac G3 from the late 1990s. Apple is also highlighting the new iMac’s improved speakers, camera, and microphones as being ideal for working remotely.
Release and pricing information
The new iMac is available in four colors starting at $1,299.
It’s available in seven colors with additional features beginning at $1,499.
Orders start on April 30 and it launches in the second half of May.
What’s new about the 2021 iMac
Apple is highlighting the new iMac’s sleek build, which measures just 11.5 millimeters thin. There are only comes two fans, reducing the computer’s size and keeping it quiet even under high performance.
The screen is 24 inches with a 4.5K resolution, meaning the screen slightly larger than that of the previous model. The iMac will be available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver.
The iMac should offer 85% faster CPU performance compared to the latest 21-inch iMac models and twice the GPU performance, the company claims. And iPhone and iPad apps also run on the new iMac since it uses the M1, much like the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
The iMac comes in two configurations: a $1,299 model with an 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, two Thunderbolt ports, a Magic Keyboard, and a Magic Mouse. That model is available in green, pink, blue, and silver.
The $1,499 model comes with an 8-core GPU, 8-core CPU, 8GB of memory, 256GB of storage, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3 ports, the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, the Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.
The iMac is also getting a redesigned keyboard and power adapter that attaches to the computer magnetically. The keyboard has Apple’s Touch ID processor, marking the first time Touch ID has come to the desktop.
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