All-new iMac 2021 announced by Apple with a stunning design in a spectrum of vibrant colors, the breakthrough M1 chip, and a brilliant 4.5K Retina display. iMac offers the best camera, mics, and speakers ever in a Mac, and Touch ID for the first time
Apple yesterday introduced an all-new iMac featuring a much more compact and remarkably thin design, enabled by the M1 chip. The new iMac 2021 offers powerful performance in a design that’s just 11.5 millimeters thin, with a striking side profile that practically disappears. Available in an array of vibrant colors to match a user’s personal style and brighten any space, iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colors, delivering a brilliant and vivid viewing experience.
FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID
The new iMac 2021 also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac. Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier than ever to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger.
Combining the power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur, apps launch with blazing speed, everyday tasks feel incredibly fast and fluid, and demanding workloads like editing 4K video and working with huge images are faster than ever. The new iMac joins the incredible family of Mac models powered by M1, including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, marking another step forward in Apple’s transition to Apple silicon. iMac is the most personal, powerful, capable, and fun it has ever been, and customers can order it beginning Friday, April 30. iMac will be available in the second half of May.
“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 colors, 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.”
All-New Design Enabled by M1
Completely reinventing one of the world’s most iconic computers, the new iMac features a thinner and more compact design that is remarkable from every angle. Enabled by the system-on-chip architecture and amazing power efficiency of M1, the logic board and thermals are dramatically consolidated and reduced in size compared to the previous generation’s, allowing the side profile of iMac to practically disappear. The much more compact design reduces the volume of iMac by 50 percent,1 allowing it to take up less space and fit easily in even more places.
All-new iMac 2021 announced by Apple with the spectrum of vibrant colors, M1 chip, 4.5K Retina display
iMac 2021 Colors
Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Silver — the new iMac 2021 design personalizes and elevates any space, unlike any other computer. iMac features softer colors and thinner borders on the front to allow users to focus on their content, while the back pops in bold, saturated color. To complete the simplified design, iMac comes with a new power connector that attaches magnetically and a beautifully woven 2-meter-long color-matched cable.
iMac 2021 24-Inch 4.5K Retina Display
iMac has always been about its best-in-class display. The new iMac 2021 features an expansive 24-inch 4.5K Retina display2 with narrower borders and 11.3 million pixels. With a P3 wide color gamut and over a billion colors, plus 500 nits of brightness, images are vivid and more brilliant. This new display also features True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts the color temperature as the environment changes for a more natural viewing experience. In addition, the 4.5K Retina display on the new iMac has an industry-leading anti-reflective coating for greater comfort and readability.
Breakthrough Performance of M1 Comes to iMac 2021
With the power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur, the new iMac instantly wakes from sleep, everyday tasks feel faster and more fluid, and apps launch with amazing speed. In Safari, users can browse even faster and run hundreds of tabs at once, and in Photos, users can fly through edits to their images.
With Apple Arcade, they can enjoy exclusive games while on the large iMac display, and users can also run a variety of iPhone and iPad apps right on their iMac without breaking their workflow. macOS also delivers powerful iCloud and Continuity features that enable users to work seamlessly across their iMac, iPhone, and other Apple devices.
The new iMac offers the ultimate macOS Big Sur experience. Its refined design brings a new level of power and beauty to the Mac and allows users to experience the spacious 24-inch 4.5K Retina display to the fullest. macOS Big Sur puts more controls at users’ fingertips and is packed with enhancements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps.
The powerful 8-core CPU in M1 features the fastest CPU core in low-power silicon.3 And the 8-core GPU features the fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.4 When combined with its high efficiency, unified memory architecture, and the 16-core Apple Neural Engine, the new iMac delivers powerful performance when compared to standard models of the 21.5-inch iMac, including:
Up to 85 percent faster CPU performance, so users can export their favorite video project in iMovie faster than ever, easily work with massive 100-megapixel photos in Lightroom, and compile new apps in Xcode in a fraction of the time.
Up to 2x faster GPU performance for certain apps like Affinity Photo and Photoshop, and up to 50 percent faster than the most powerful discrete graphics in the fastest 21.5-inch iMac, allowing users to render edits in real-time or add complex filters to their photos in a snap.
The ability to edit up to five streams of 4K footage, or one stream of 8K footage,5 without dropping a frame in Final Cut Pro.
Up to 3x faster machine learning in apps that leverage the 16-core Neural Engine in M1.6
Best Camera, Mics, and Speakers Ever in a Mac
How about a new microphone to go with that camera?
Of course! The new iMac 2021 features a studio-quality three-microphone setup. This will give you clearer calls and voice recordings. The microphone array is positioned just so, which will reduce feedback background noise. So, your voice is the focus, making calls and recordings clearer. Your Zoom calls will be slightly less awkward now.
Surely there must be new speakers?
Indeed there are. You get two pairs of force-canceling woofers placed side by side, which gives you great bass without excess vibrations. Each pair will be balanced with a high-performance tweeter. All in all, you have a six-speaker sound system for strong bass but also lovely clear mids and highs. All of this plus advanced algorithms mean the iMac supports spatial audio when playing video with Dolby Atmos. You can bet that watching movies on this iMac will be a treat.
Did we get a new keyboard and Touch ID?
We sure did. Touch ID is in the new keyboard, which also has a dedicated emoji key. You can get it color-matched to your new iMac, along with the Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.
So when can I buy it?
You can order on Friday, April 30, and it will be available in the second half of May.
iMac 2021 Price / How much does it cost?
The iMac 2021 with 7-core GPU starts at $1,299. It is available in four colors: green, pink, blue, and silver. This model has an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse.
The iMac 2021 with 8-core GPU starts at $1,499. This one comes in seven color options: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. It has an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.