iMac Overview Updated September 10, 2021


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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 September 10

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

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

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

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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iMac Stories August 12

Satechi has unveiled its latest Apple accessory today, a handy USB-C Clamp Hub designed for the 2021 M1 iMac. The Clamp Hub adds 5 ports to the front of the new all-in-one Mac for easy access and a more organized setup.

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iMac Stories July 26

For those waiting for the replacement of the 27-inch iMac, it may take longer, according to leaker DylanDkt. He says the next high-end iMac will be released in 2022 due to a combination of supply delays and Apple’s plans for marketing the machine.

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iMac Stories July 11

A report earlier this year indicated that Apple was in the midst of developing a redesigned iPad mini with no Home button and slimmer bezels. Now, Bloomberg reports that the redesigned iPad mini is still on track for a release this fall, while Apple is also continuing work on a larger iMac with Apple Silicon inside.

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iMac Stories June 14

The new iMac has been in stores for a while now, and the reviews about it are mostly positive due to its new ultra-thin, colorful design and the power of the M1 chip. However, some customers are now complaining about iMac M1 units that were shipped with a crooked stand.

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iMac Stories June 3

As you probably already know, the new 24-inch iMac M1 outperforms nearly every entry-level iMac previously sold by Apple. However, YouTuber Luke Miani has modified one of these older machines with an Intel Core i9 processor to compare it to the M1 iMac — and the results are quite interesting.

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iMac Stories May 29

Apple’s redesigned iMac was crafted, at least in part, by the company’s long-time design executive Jony Ive. Wired reports that even though Ive officially departed Apple in 2019, he was still involved in designing the first new iMac chassis in a decade.

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iMac Stories May 25

Orange M1 iMac goes head-to-head against tangerine G3 in generational comparison [Video]

Apple’s colorful new iMac is now widely available, and early hands-on reviews and videos have been filtering in over the last week. Now, podcaster and iMac historian Stephen Hackett has published a new video comparing the orange M1 iMac to the tangerine iMac G3…

iMac Stories May 24

Following the official launch of the new iMac on Friday, iFixit has already gotten its hands on one of these redesigned 24-inch iMacs to share its traditional teardown. This gives us a better look at the internal parts of the computer, which is basically a single logic board with everything soldered there.

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iMac Stories May 14

Following the discontinuation of the iMac Pro earlier this year, Apple is now winding down sales of the accompanying space gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse. These accessories were first introduced exclusively for the iMac Pro when it was released in 2017, and Apple started selling them separately in March of 2018.

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iMac Stories May 13

As the new redesigned iMac is now shipping to the consumers, we will soon be able to get a closer look at this machine with new design, multiple colors, and the M1 chip inside. This week, two managers from Apple’s marketing team discussed how the new iMac is changing the computer market and praised how the M1 chip enables the same great performance on different types of devices.

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iMac Stories May 12

Following the first M1 iPad Pro benchmarks emerging yesterday, we’re now getting a closer look at early benchmarks for the M1 iMac. As is to be expected, given that the devices share the same M1 processor, the benchmark results for the 24-inch iMac and new iPad Pro are quite similar.

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The first M1 iMac orders are now shipping to customers. The all-new iMac went up for pre-order just under two weeks ago, and the first orders are scheduled to arrive as early as Friday, May 21.

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iMac Stories May 5

Apple’s launch of the 24-inch M1 iMac is likely to see the company become the market leader in All-In-One (AIO) PCs this year, according to a new market intelligence report. Apple is set to overtake HP partly due to the appeal of the all-new iMac, but also in part due to Apple’s advantage in the chip supply chain.

HP achieved its success in AIO PCs through a combination of a good range of sizes, stylish design, and extremely affordable pricing …

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iMac Stories April 30

M1 iMac still available for May delivery, but some colors now pushed to June

M1 iMac orders first opened up this morning with the all-new design coming in seven colors. While there are models still available for the earliest May 21 delivery, some colors are now pushed into June.

Apple didn’t take down the online store before pre-orders of the new iMac and iPad Pro, but perhaps it should have done. Twitter is full of complaints saying the Apple Store is messed up, something several of us here at 9to5Mac can confirm from first-hand experience.

Would-be buyers are reporting a range of problems …

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After over a decade with the same design, the most exciting release for many at Apple’s Spring Loaded event was the totally redesigned all-in-one Mac. From the move to Apple Silicon and bright new colors, to a super-thin design, larger 24-inch size, and much more, let’s look at the M1 iMac vs Intel iMac.

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iMac Stories April 29

The all-new iMac is set to go up for pre-order tomorrow morning, April 30 but Apple hasn’t officially shared pricing beyond the stock models at $1,299, $1,499, and $1,699. Now early listings on an authorized Apple reseller’s website as well as hidden Apple pages have revealed the pricing for the 16GB RAM and SSD upgrades up to 2TB.

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Apple today published a press release reminding customers about iPad Pro, Apple TV, and M1 iMac pre-orders beginning tomorrow. The press release also includes the interesting tidbit that not all of the seven iMac colors will be available to purchase or try at Apple Stores.

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iMac Stories April 26

Ahead of pre-orders for the new iMac beginning on Friday, Apple’s Colleen Novielli and Navpreet Kaloty joined the “Upgrade” podcast on Relay FM to talk in-depth about the new product. In the interview, Novielli and Kaloty touched on the new design, including some of the more controversial design elements, as well as the M1 chip inside.

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If you want a shiny new M1-powered 24-inch iMac, but would prefer back bezels – or even to have a completely black iMac – dbrand has you covered.

I said last week that Apple’s decision to go with white bezels on the colorful new iMacs had left me bemused, and it seems the majority of 9to5Mac readers agree …

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