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Originally released in 1998. the iMac ($1,099 and up) started life as Apple’s fun all-in-one computer, evolving into a more serious “right for practically everyone” option over time. For Pro users, there is also an iMac Pro model as well.

Apple first introduced the aluminum iMac in August 2007 with 20-inch and 24-inch options. This was a major update compared to the previous plastic design of the machine, which was available in 17″, 20″, and 24″screen sizes between August of 2004 and August of 2007. The mid-2007 model, however, was only a stepping stone. Despite featuring an aluminum front-face, it still featured a back casing made of black plastic, which was a stark difference from the sleek aluminum front.

In 2009, Apple released a new lineup with aluminum unibody design in 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes – introducing the two screen sizes that are still in use today. This design has ended up shaping the future of the iMac, with Apple focusing on revising it rather than completely redesigning.

In October 2012, Apple redesigned the iMac with an ultra-slim side profile and removed the SuperDrive. While the thinnest point measures 5mm, there’s still a bulge in the back to accommodate the iMac’s internals and cooling system. In 2015, the iMac was upgraded with a Retina display upgrade option.

In March of 2019, Apple released a minor upgrade to the 4K and 5K iMac lineup. The updates include new 6-core and 8-core Intel CPUs with Radeon Pro Vega graphics options.

The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299. The base model includes a 3.6GHz 8th-generation Intel i3 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and Radeon Pro 555X graphics.F or $1799, the base model 27-inch iMac includes a 3GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and a Radeon Pro 570X GPU. The Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU upgrade costs $450 build-to-order, and is not offered on any base iMac configuration. The iMacs continue to feature spinning hard drives as the default with upgrade options for Fusion Drives and Flash storage.

Apple also sells a $1099 low end of the iMac, but it doesn’t include a 4K display and includes an older processor. For your money, it’s recommended to get at least the $1299 model. If you are considering any upgrades, the 256 GB flash storage upgrade will go a long way at improving long term durability and speed.

If you are looking to mount your iMac on a wall, Apple offers a model with a VESA compatible stand for a $40 upgrade.

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iMac Stories November 16

Want to find a way to use iMac as a monitor? While Apple’s target display mode is limited to 2009 to 2014 iMacs, fortunately, there are several other options to make use of that nice big screen on your iMac as a monitor.

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iMac Stories July 26

Update: Patently Apple notes that the patent has now been granted.

We noted recently an Apple patent application showing a curved iMac design where the all-in-one computer is made from a single slab of glass.

We now get a clearer idea of how such a machine might look…

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iMac Stories June 25

With the first batch of M2 Macs being released, it could be just a matter of time until Apple unveils a new M2 iMac. After the most critical redesign for the line in years with the M1 iMac in 2021, it’s time to wonder what its successor will look like – and a concept imagines just that.

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iMac Stories June 3

Satechi is out today with a sharp new dock for the M1 iMac. The aluminum USB-C Slim Dock brings USB-C, USB-A, and SD card readers within reach while also offering a tool-free NVMe SSD slot to easily expand your iMac’s storage.

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iMac Stories May 23

Earlier this month, we reported on new MacBook Pro orders and even existing ones from February being delayed into July. Now as supply issues continue, we’re seeing the MacBook Pro delayed to August alongside other products like iMac, Mac Studio, and Studio Display.

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iMac Stories April 4

Apple finally made the standalone 27-inch display we’ve all wanted since 2014. In the process, Apple retired the Intel 27-inch iMac without an Apple silicon-powered version planned for this year. Disappointing as that may be for fans of large all-in-one desktops, there’s a chance this could bode well for Apple’s display ambitions – or not.

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iMac Stories March 20

When Apple released the Mac Studio and the Studio Display during the “Peek Performance” event, the company discontinued the 27-inch Intel iMac. With these two new products available, is there any room for a new 27-inch iMac or iMac Pro? Here’s what we know so far.

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iMac Stories March 8

Two things happened at the conclusion of today’s Apple event. John Ternus teased one more Mac with Apple silicon coming (the Mac Pro) while omitting the 27-inch iMac. Then Apple removed the 27-inch iMac from its online shop without notice.

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iMac Stories February 14

Update February 14, 2022: DSCC analyst Ross Young has taken to Twitter to double down on this claim. Young says that the iMac Pro with mini-LED could launch as soon as June with around 1000 zones and over 4000 mini-LEDs.

While some rumors had indicated that Apple could release a new iMac Pro with mini-LED technology as soon as this spring, it appears that this product has been delayed. Analyst Ross Young with Display Supply Chain Consultants reports today that the new iMac Pro is now likely to launch sometime in the summer at the earliest.

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iMac Stories February 6

There’s another feature that the revamped M1 iMac could have added: Face ID. According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman in his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Apple at least considered adding Face ID to the revamped iMac last year

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iMac Stories January 30

In the latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says he expects Apple will release a rebranded iMac Pro that is “bigger than the current 24-inch” but with a similar design language.

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iMac Stories December 23, 2021

Apple continues exploration of all-glass iMac, now with touchscreen element

Almost two years ago, Apple applied for a patent on an all-glass iMac design with a built-in keyboard and trackpads. The company appears to be continuing to work on this idea, with a fresh iMac patent today adding no fewer than 20 new elements, including a partial touchscreen, and a solution to the obvious ergonomic flaw…

iMac Stories December 22, 2021

Updates: Ross Young initially tweeted a single-word reaction – surprising – and Digitimes issued a correction to yesterday’s report stating that it was an error. Young subsequently tweeted that he still thinks Apple will use mini-LED.

See additional update at end.

While most reports are pointing to the 2022 27-inch iMac using the same mini-LED backlighting system as the latest MacBook Pro models, a fresh supply chain report today disagrees.

However, the report is confusing, and possibly confused …

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iMac Stories December 13, 2021

Rumors about the new 27-inch iMac Pro keep getting traction as a new report by Display Supply Chain Consultants gives a few tidbits about an upcoming Mac set to replace the current 27-inch Intel model.

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iMac Stories November 11, 2021

The iMac saw a big redesign in 2021, with Apple unveiling the colorful new 24-inch iMac back in April. Looking ahead to 2022, however, there is still a lot of focus on the iMac, particularly as the 27-inch iMac awaits its turn to transition away from Intel chips to Apple Silicon.

Head below as we recap everything we know so far about what Apple has planned for the iMac in 2022…

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iMac Stories November 8, 2021

With September and October Apple events out of the way, there are still some unannounced but eagerly anticipated Apple products to come by some point next year.

The September event saw the company announce the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini, and the iPad 9. October’s Unleashed event added the long-awaited 14- and 16-inch M1 MacBook Pros, AirPods 3, and new HomePod mini colors.

But that still leaves us waiting for a number of as-yet unannounced products …

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iMac Stories November 1, 2021

A number of Mac users are seeing an error message: “Your system has run out of application memory.” The error is caused by an app using gigabytes worth of memory – reporting more usage than the Mac has, until it eventually crashes. Culprits include Mail and Final Cut Pro.

The exact behavior varies. In the worst of cases, a user cannot change focus from the alert window, requiring a forced restart …

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iMac Stories October 30, 2021

As the Apple Silicon transition moves forward, Intel-powered Macs continue to disappear from Apple’s lineup. This week, Apple has quietly discontinued the 21.5-inch iMac powered by Intel processors. This comes six months after the introduction of the redesigned 24-inch iMac with Apple’s M1 chip inside.

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iMac Stories October 21, 2021

Apple’s October “Unleashed” event brought the launch of the M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple Silicon chips that power the all-new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. We also got the 3rd-gen AirPods with Spatial Audio and more. However, there were a few of things in Apple’s pipeline that weren’t unveiled. Let’s look at everything Apple didn’t announce at its October event.

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iMac Stories October 20, 2021

A new report today offers a claimed look at Apple’s 2022 iMac plans, namely to prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to the display. The report says that Apple is sticking to 27 inches for next year’s iMac, but will offer the same display tech used in the just-launched MacBook Pro models.

This contradicts expectations of a 32-inch iMac, which would seem the obvious next step for a couple of reasons …

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iMac Stories September 10, 2021

Apple will soon offer all 24-inch M1 iMac colors in its retail stores

Following the announcement of the iMac M1 earlier this year, Apple confirmed that only some of the colors would be available for demonstration and purchase at Apple Retail Stores around the world. However, it seems that the company will finally offer all the iMac colors in its physical stores to customers starting next week.

iMac Stories September 7, 2021

Early last year, Apple applied for a patent for a curved glass iMac design, with one of the illustrations also suggesting the same design could be used for a display and dock for a MacBook.

That patent has today been granted …

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iMac Stories August 30, 2021

The popular accessory maker Hyper is out with its latest HyperDrive USB hub, this time designed exclusively for the 24-inch M1 iMac. The new HyperDrive 5-in-1 and HyperDrive 6-in-1 Hubs clamp to the front of your M1 iMac, and include multiple USB-A and USB-C ports.

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iMac Stories August 19, 2021

Update: Two days after start selling the 24-inch iMac as a refurbished product in the UK, US customers can also buy one of the new Macs at a lower price, up to $260 in discount here.

Four months after being released, the 24-inch iMac with M1 chip is now available as a refurbished option from the Apple Store in the UK. Currently, two 24-inch models are being sold — one in pink and another in green. Users can get up to £220.00 (around $300) of discount.

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