Apple announces colorful new iMac with stunning redesign

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Apple New Imac Spring21 Hero (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has unveiled a completely redesigned iMac at its April event.
  • The new iMacs come in seven different colors.

At its 'Spring loaded' event, Apple announced a completely redesigned iMac in a ton of new colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Orange, and White.

The new iMac is incredibly thin with a single sheet of glass covering the front display and thinner bezels than the last generation. Apple says that, while the front of the iMac is meant to be toned down for your content, the back is meant to celebrate color.

"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."

The new iMac comes packed with Apple's M1 processor, the same chip that currently powers the other Apple silicon computers that were unveiled in the fall of 2020. The chip enables the new iMac to use reduced thermals due to its power efficiency which means that it will be very quiet and cool to the touch. Apple says that the graphics performance on the new iMac, due to the power of the M1 processor, is 50% faster than the last generation of the 21.5-inch iMac. Apple also noted that there are now thousands of universal apps that support Apple silicon, so you'll be able to get the most out of the new iMac.

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Apple New Imac Spring21 Lifestyle02 (Image credit: Apple)

The updated iMac is also incredibly thin. Coming in at just 11.5mm thin at its thinnest point, it's the thinnest iMac Apple has ever released. Apple has also upgraded the size of the display to 24" in a footprint that is also slightly larger than the last generation of the 21.5-inch iMac. The new 4.5k display features 11.3 million pixels, 1 billion colors, and 500 nits of brightness. It also features TrueTone to adjust its brightness and color temperature to match your environment, creating a more natural viewing experience. It also has a low-reflective coating to ensure that glare doesn't wash out your display.

One thing that everyone will celebrate is a new FaceTime camera! The new camera is 1080p, finally leaving behind that 720p camera that users have complained about for years. The new camera features double the resolution and a larger sensor for better performance in low light. It also works with the neural engine built into the M1 chip to use smarts to create the best picture possible.

Apple New Imac Spring21 Input Output

Apple New Imac Spring21 Input Output (Image credit: Apple)

In addition to a new camera, Apple has added three studio-quality microphones into the new iMac that will work to reduce background noise and focus on your voice. The speakers have also received an upgrade, with two force-canceling woofers to reduce vibration when you turn things up to higher volumes. It also includes high-performance tweeters, totaling out to a new six-speaker system.

When it comes to connectivity, the new iMac features four USB-C ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and support for an additional 6K display like the Pro Display XDR. Ethernet has even been built into the new power cable.

Apple has also unveiled new colorful keyboards, mice, and trackpads to pair nicely with your new colorful iMac. The new Magic Keyboard even features Touch ID, bringing it to the iMac for the first time ever.

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Apple New Imac Spring21 Pt Purple Touch Id (Image credit: Apple)

The packaging for the new iMac is 100% recycled as well as the rare earth elements used in the product.

The new iMac will start at $1299 in four colors, with all seven colors being available for an 8-core configuration for $1499. Preorders will begin on April 30th with shipping set to begin in the second half of May.

Stephen Warwick
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