The iMac with Apple silicon, also known as the iMac M1, is a Macintoshdesktop computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first iMac with Apple silicon, a redesigned 24-inch model based on the Apple M1 ARM-based system on a chip, was released on May 21, 2021. The iMac “M1” 8-Core CPU/7-Core GPU/2 USB-C Shaped Ports (2021) model features a 5-nm Apple M1 processor with 8 cores (4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores), a 7-core GPU, a 16-core Neural Engine, 8 GB of onboard RAM, and a 256 GB onboard SSD. Both the RAM and the SSD can be upgraded at the time of initial system purchase, but not subsequently.
This all is housed in a wafer thin aluminum case with flat edges that includes a 23.5″ 4480×2520, 218 PPI, LED-backlit, “True Tone” widescreen “Retina 4.5K” display mounted on a svelte aluminum stand. This specific model is offered in the choice of three two-tone color options — blue, green (pictured), and pink — as well as a “classic” uniform silver color. It also has an integrated 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a “studio-quality three-mic array” and a “high-fidelity six-speaker system” that supports Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos.
Connectivity includes two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack conveniently mounted on the left edge of the display, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and Bluetooth 5.0. Gigabit Ethernet is available via a port on the power brick if purchased as an optional US$30 upgrade at the time of system purchase.
Compared to its predecessor, the “2021 M1” iMac models have little in common and instead feature an all new external design and a completely different internal architecture that no longer supports internal upgrades at all.
By default, this specific “2021 M1” iMac ships with a small, color matched aluminum wireless “Magic Keyboard” without Touch ID or a numeric keypad as well as a wireless “Magic Mouse” with multi-touch surface support. At extra cost at the time of system purchase, you can substitute the Magic Mouse for a Magic Trackpad for an extra US$50, which provides multi-touch input and Force Touch support or have both a Magic Mouse and a Magic Trackpad for an extra US$129. You also can upgrade the keyboard to a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for an extra US$50 or to a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad for US$80.
Apple iMac 24-Inch “M1” Overview
On June 22, 2020, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the Mac would transition away from Intel processors to Apple’s own in-house designed processors that use the ARM64 architecture, branded as Apple silicon. On April 20, 2021, Apple announced a 24-inch iMac based on the Apple M1 system on a chip.
The M1 iMac features a 4480-by-2520 (4.5K) built-in display, 1080p FaceTime camera with an improved image signal processor and three-microphone array, and a six-driver stereo speaker system with a pair of force-cancelling woofers and a tweeter per side, that supports Dolby Atmos and spatial audio. It also adds support for Wi-Fi 6, USB4/Thunderbolt 3, and 6K output to run the Pro Display XDR. External display support is reduced to one display over USB-C/Thunderbolt; the previous 21.5-inch Intel-based model could drive two 4K displays over USB-C/Thunderbolt. The models also include a magnetic power plug and external power supply that can be configured with a Gigabit Ethernet port.
The M1 iMac ships with a Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 with a color-matching aluminum underside. It can be configured with one of three updated Magic Keyboards with rounded corners: a standard version, a version with a Touch ID sensor, and an extended layout version with a numeric keypad and Touch ID. The Magic Keyboards with Touch ID are compatible with other Mac computers with Apple silicon but only ship with the iMac.
Apple iMac 24-Inch “M1” Design
The M1 iMac features the line’s first major redesign since 2012, with slimmer bezels, a flat back and seven color options, the same colors used in Apple’s first official logo. It is the first iMac available in multiple colors since the iMac G3. Jony Ive contributed to its design.
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