Apple 2021 iMac – Specs, features, release date and Price

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2021 iMac

For generations, the iMac has changed in its shape and size as well as performance output but never have we imaged an iMac with this sort of power.

The M1 chip has so far been one of Apple’s greatest development, bring breakthrough performance and power efficiency to Apple’s Mac series. So far, the chip has only been used on the MacBook Air, Pro and Mac Mini. However, Apple at its April 2021 event announced the addition of a new Mac line that has been built from the ground up to perform beyond expectations using the M1 chipset. This set of Mac Comes in 7 different rich and bold Colours. 
The all new redesigned 2021 iMac is more personal, more capable and powerful than ever. The redesigned iMac now comes in multiple cool colours giving you the option of choosing the one that fits your style.  

The new iMac has a simple design with glass from top to button at the front. While the back is plain with only beautiful colour and according to Apple, “the back is designed to celebrate colour”. The iMac is redesigned in Such a way that the back is the first thing you see. Therefore, the richly bold colours make the iMac standout in your apartment. 

The new iMac is 11.5mm thin and weighs less than 10 pounds (4.53kg). It also features a 24-inches display with about 11.3 million pixels on a 4480×2520 resolution and has a 4.5k retina display, giving users a better display experience.

Display 

iMac has always focused on qualify display to give users the best onscreen experience. It feels good to see that this has not changed. The redesigned iMac now comes with a 24-inches display on a design slightly larger than the 251/2-inche iMac. This was achieved by narrowing the borders to fit the 24-inches big display. The iMac features about 11.3 million pixels on a 4480×2520 resolution and has a 4.5k retina display, giving users a better display experience. It also has a brightness of 500 nits that brings out the life in every image.

Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

The iMac Comes with a feature called ‘”True Tone” which automatically adjusts the colour temperature as your environment changes. The display also comes with a low reflective coating  for comfort and readability. 

2021 iMac Camera 

For the first time ever, iMac Spots a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera which doubles the resolution for higher quality Videos. According to Apple, the camera also performs greatly in low light. The 1080p camera is paired with M1 which comes equipped with Apple’s latest image signal processor (ISP) further enhancing the image quality with Computational video. Apple tagged this Camera as the “best Camera ever in a Mac.” 

Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

The camera goes through a series of processes to capture stunning videos. This includes analysing and enhancing each pixel at over a trillion operations per second though Advanced noise reduction algorithms and Tone mapping.

Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

iMac Studio-quality Three-Mic Array 

Complementing the Camera for a better video call experience is a studio-quality three-mic array. The mics are engineered to reduce feedback from other systems to reduced interruptions and make sure you come through loud and Clear. Beamforming technology helps to reduce background noises, focusing more on your Voice. Meaning, everyone hears you loud and Clear and not what is happening in your environment. Apple also tagged this mic as the “best mic ever in a Mac.”

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2021 iMac Speakers 

The 2021 iMac features six speakers with amazing Sound quality. To achieve a better Sound quality, the redesigned iMac speakers were boosted with more power and two pairs of force-Cancelling woofers for a better and accurate sound performance. Once again tagged as the ” best sound system ever in a Mac.”

  • Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price
  • Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

Connectivity 

The new iMac packs up to 4 USB-C Ports, two of which are Thunderbolt ports for faster data transfer with Support for up to 6k display.  
The 2021 iMac also comes with a new power connector that easily attaches itself magnetically to the charging port. The 2m long colour-matched woven connector cable is Connected to an adaptor that serves as a charging and Ethernet Capable Connector brick.

  • Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

keyboard, Mouse and trackpad 

Taking a look at the new iMac keyboard, Mouse and trackpad options. The keyboard has three types you can choose from colour matched to the iMac of your closing. 

The first has is a magic keyboard with new emoji, spotlight, dictation and a “Do not Disturb key”. it also has a lock key that instantly locks your iMac with a click of the button. And for the first time ever, there is a magic keyboard with Touch ID on the iMac system. There is also a magic keyboard with Touch ID and numeric keypad as well. The Touch ID makes it easier and secure to unlock your computer, use Apple Pay and download apps.

  • Apple 2021 iMac - Specs, features, release date and Price

The iMac mouse now comes in colour matched aluminium design while the mouse trackpad (Magic Trackpad) has a refined Shape to match that of the keyboard. 

Other Upgrades 

Because the Chipset on iPhones, iPads and that of the 2021 iMac are the same, you can run iPhone‌ and iPad apps on your iMac. This allows you to play same games across devices and also use your iMac keyboard as gaming controllers on a wider screen.  

The chipset also allows users to receive Calls and messages from their iPhones on iMac. Thereby reducing the need of switching between devices.  

With the universal clipboard feature, you can easily copy texts from your iPhone‌ to your iMac. 

What makes the new iMac better? 

Older iMacs packed a larger logic board and thermals because of its power-hungry processor. Also, the GPU, CPU, RAM and other Components were all separate Chips in the system. But with the architecture of the M1 Chip, these components can be scaled down and placed on a much smaller logic board, thereby influencing the size of the thermals. With the help of the M1 Chipset, the bulky thermal System in the old iMac has now been replaced with two smaller fans in the 2021 iMac design. Thereby keeping the System Slim and cool while running quietly. 

Comparing the 2021 iMac with older models, it delivers a new level of capability with its amazing display, badass Camera, dope Sound quality and M1 Chipset. You experience faster waking speed with the M1 Chip, apps launch faster, with faster browsing and better multitasking performance. 

Apple Claims to have an 85% faster CPU on the redesigned iMac in Comparison to its previous models and also a 50% faster GPU than its previous models. 

Price and Availability 

Pricewise, the iMac with 8-Core CPU, 7- Core GPU, 8GB Unified memory and 256GB SSD will be sold at a starting price of $1299. While the iMac with 256GB SSD and the 512 GB SSD will be sold at a Starting of $1499 and $1699, respectively. 

Just like the iPhone 12 purple line-up, orders for the iMac starts on the 30th of April and will be available in the second half of May. 

New 2021 iMac Specification 

 2 Port Model 4 Port Model 
Colors Blue, Green, Pink, Silver Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, Purple 
Chip Apple M1 chip 
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. 7-core GPU. 16-core Neural Engine. 
Apple M1 chip 
8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. 8-core GPU. 16-core Neural Engine. 
Storage 256GB SSD 
Configurable to 512GB or 1TB 
256GB SSD or 512GB SSD 
Configurable to 1TB or 2TB 
Memory 8GB unified memory 
Configurable to 16GB unified memory. 
 
Operating System macOS  
Display 24-inch 4.5K Retina display 
4480-by-2520 resolution at 218 pixels per inch with support for 1 billion colors. 500 nits brightness. Wide color (P3). True Tone technology.  
 
Camera  1080p FaceTime HD camera with M1 image signal processor  
Video Support Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and: 
One external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz. 
Thunderbolt 3 digital video output 
Native DisplayPort output over USB-C. VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately).  
 
Audio  Six-speaker sound system High-fidelity six-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers. Wide stereo soundWide stereo sound. Support for spatial audio when playing video with Dolby Atmos. Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming. Support for “Hey Siri”.   
Connections and Expansion Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: 
DisplayPort. 
Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s). 
USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s). 
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s). 
Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA supported using adapters (sold separately).  
 
Input Magic Keyboard with Touch ID Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad Magic Trackpad Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad Magic Trackpad  
Wireless Wi-Fi 
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible 
Bluetooth 
Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology 
 
Weight 9.83 pounds (4.46 kg) 9.88 pounds (4.48 kg)  
In the Box  
  
iMac Magic Keyboard Magic Mouse 143W power adapter Power cord (2 m) USB-C to Lightning Cable  iMac Magic Keyboard with Touch ID Magic Mouse 143W power adapter Power cord (2 m) USB-C to Lightning Cable  
  
Price $1299 $1499 (256GB SSD model) 
$1699 (512GB SSD model) 

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