Apple's iMac 2021 brings a host of exciting new and improved features designed to enhance the user experience. The new iMacs have a 24-inch display and ultra-flat 11.5 mm monitors. Apple still sells 27-inch iMacs, but those weren't included in the Spring 2021 Mac Update.
What are the new iMac models?
There are three options for the new 24-inch iMac:
8-core CPU and 7-core GPU with 256GB of storage starting at $ 1299
8-core CPU and 8-core GPU with 256GB of storage starting at $ 1499
8-core CPU and 8-core GPU with 512GB of memory starting at $ 1699
You can also further customize the internal specifications of each iMac if you want more RAM, more storage, or more processing power, for example.
Whichever iMac model you choose, here are the best features of the updated iMac 2021 …
1. An M1 chip
One of the most talked about changes in the new iMac is the M1 chip. The new iMacs are the first iMacs to be built around the M1 chip. Apple's M1 is a system on a chip that allows the iMacs to be ultra-thin without sacrificing performance. The M1 offers faster CPU performance and improved graphics capabilities.
The M1 also runs more efficiently than previous Intel chips to avoid overheating and fan noise, an issue that plagued previous models of Mac computers. The M1 iMac is significantly quieter than previous models, which is great for eliminating unnecessary background noise while working, watching videos, or making a video call.
2. A 4.5K retina display
The iMac 2021 has a 4.5K retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness and over a billion possible colors. This iMac is ready to deliver a premium viewing experience for videos, pictures, and more. It's also great for video editors, photo editors, and graphic designers as they can see their work in higher quality with real colors.
The new iMac also features True Tone technology. It uses multi-channel sensors to automatically adjust the color temperature and intensity of the display based on the lighting in your environment, relieving the strain on the eyes and displaying colors and images on the screen in a more natural way.
3. New color options
The new iMacs are available in seven colors. They come in classic Mac silver, of course, but you can also choose a fun color like blue, orange, pink, green, yellow, red, or purple. The iMac was previously only available in serious colors like silver or space gray, but these whimsical colors are great for people trying to add a pop of color to their home office.
The Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse that come with each iMac also come in the color you choose for your iMac. Unfortunately, you can't currently mix and match colors between an iMac and accessories unless you buy the accessories separately.
4. Touch ID
The keyboards designed for the high-end models of the new iMacs have Touch ID. Like Touch ID on an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro, the Touch ID button on the new Magic Keyboard allows users to unlock their computers, authorize purchases from the App Store or Apple Pay, and more.
This feature provides convenience for users who want to use Apple Pay on their iMacs, otherwise users will typically be asked to authorize Mac-initiated Apple Pay purchases on their iPhone.
The cheapest iMac model comes with a standard Magic Keyboard, while both 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU models come with the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.
5. Dolby Atmos speakers
The new iMac models support spatial audio and Dolby Atmos when playing compatible music or videos. Spatial audio is designed to provide listeners with a surround sound experience. Combined with the improved Retina display, this provides a significantly better viewing experience for users who enjoy using their iMac to stream movies, TV shows, music, or online events.
6. Improved microphone quality
The new iMac also includes studio-quality microphones and a six-speaker sound system. The new audio quality is great for recording, streaming and making video calls and is a welcome upgrade over previous Mac models. Lots of people use external microphones when they record audio, so the microphone upgrade won't be a determining factor for these people, but it will help make your Zoom or FaceTime calls a little clearer if you don't have an external microphone.
7. 1080p FaceTime camera
In addition to the improved microphone quality, the new iMac also offers better video quality. Those who use their Macs to record videos will definitely enjoy the ability to record videos in 1080p with higher quality audio. A better webcam is also helpful in the remote working age, as many people use their computer's built-in webcams much more often. This update was a little overdue for the iMac, so it's a welcome change.
8. Compatibility with iPhone and iPad apps
With the M1 and macOS Big Sur, the 2021 iMac models can run many iPhone and iPad apps. You can browse and download compatible iPhone and iPad apps from the Mac App Store on your iMac. This is a nice upgrade as the Mac App Store may lack variety and app availability compared to the iPhone App Store. However, this cross compatibility gives you more options and is helpful for using apps across your different devices.
Which iMac is Right for You?
The new iMac comes with loads of great features and a sleek, colorful new look. It's faster, quieter, and has improved audio and visual capabilities. However, there is another iMac in the Apple range. If you're still not sure if the new iMac is for you, or maybe you want a slightly bigger screen, check out our comparison between the new 24-inch M1 iMac and the 27-inch Intel iMac at.
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Kaylyn is a huge fan of Apple products. Her interest in technology began when she was young, growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to many of America's largest and most innovative technology companies. In her spare time, Kaylyn enjoys adventuring her dog and scrolling through TikTok.
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