We've been expecting them for months, but Apple has finally announced its new M1 iMacs! Much is still known about the all-in-one desktop computer despite the updated processor, but now they're available in different colors and with a different approach to buying than before. If you've waited, you can probably pre-order. Everything you need to know is here.
Prices and availability
Apple is optimizing sales of iMacs for this model in 2021. Now the iMac is only available in 24-inch sizes. However, you have the choice between three different basic models, depending on your requirements. The first model has less graphics performance and is limited to two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. The second improves the GPU and adds additional ports for USB 3 and Gigabit Ethernet and updates the Magic Keyboard accessories. The third model increases storage from a 256GB SSD to a 512GB SSD – still quite small considering the new iPad Pro can be up to 2TB but is useful for local storage . Each model costs a little more than the next, and there are more customization options available after you choose.
- 2021 iMac, eight-core CPU / seven-core GPU:: $ 1,299
- 2021 iMac, eight-core CPU / eight-core GPU:: $ 1,499
- 2021 iMac, eight-core CPU / eight-core GPU / additional memory:: $ 1,699
Note that pre-orders for these new iMacs won't open until April 30, 2021, so you won't be able to take any action until then. The 2021 iMacs will ship sometime in the second half of May. From this point on, they can also be purchased directly, depending on the inventory.
Pre-order from Apple
The easiest way to get a new iMac is to order directly from Apple. This also gives you most of the customization options and the process is very simple. Here's what you need to do:
Step 1: Wait for April 30th, 2021. There are only a few weeks left and there is not much you can do before then. However, when pre-orders are opened we recommend acting quickly: there is no way of knowing how long inventory will last, and manufacturing issues have made inventory a sensitive issue this year.
step 2: Visit the product page for the new 24-inch 20M iMac 2021.
step 3: Select your preferred model from the three options. Choose Select for the model you are interested in.
Step 4: Make your specification selection. Unlike other newly released devices, Apple doesn't publish a lot of information about what specs you can customize for the M1 iMac. You can at least choose your preferred color: the seven-core GPU iMac has four color options and the eight-core version has seven. It also appears that you can choose from a range of RAM (base models start at 8GB) and storage.
Wait for the big retailers
You also have the option of waiting for the major online retailers to open their own pre-orders. They should also do this from Apple on April 30th. You may not get as many choices with these retailers, but there are other advantages to going down this route. For example, they can use credits or customer rewards that you may have. Follow these links below to keep an eye on the options for new pre-orders and to check your emails for their own announcements.
Do you want to save some money?
If you like the idea of an iMac but would rather save as much money as possible, there are several things you can try at the time of purchase to save money.
Use of Apple's educational offerings: Apple offers special educational discounts. These apply to all college students (including those who entered college that year) and their parents, as well as all faculties and staff of all school grades, including registered homeschool teachers. Use Apple's Education Portal when pre-order is available to start the process. This can save you $ 50 to $ 100 on the purchase of your iMac.
Trade in old Apple products: You can trade an older iMac or related Apple product for instant credit that goes towards the purchase of your new iMac. When purchasing your iMac, simply select the Get Started button under Apple Trade In. Other retailers offer their own trade-in programs, but Apple is the easiest to integrate while you shop.
Look for specific iMac discounts: Since the M1 iMac is a new model, don't expect any discounts or offers for some time (probably not until after summer or Black Friday). However, if you want to wait, keep an eye on the product pages and discount notifications for options.
Once you've chosen your super-slim new iMac, you can round it off by choosing the best accessories for it.