One of many exciting announcements Apple made at its 20 April Spring Loaded event was a new 24in iMac loaded with the M1 chip. The new iMac will be available in up to seven different colours beginning Friday 30 April. Shipping starts in the second half of May.
The M1 iMac features a 4.5K Retina display with slimmer bezels and a smaller ‘chin’, and the display itself is only 11.5mm thin. The back of the new iMac will be completely flat as well, as Apple does away with the curve we’ve seen on the back of previous iMacs. Apple credits the lither form to the M1 chip’s SoC architecture, which should also boost CPU performance by 85%.
In addition to faster performance, Apple promises up to two times faster GPU performance, allowing feats such as editing multiple streams of 4K footage, or one stream of 8K footage without dropped frames in Final Cut Pro.
The upgraded iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with studio-quality mics and a six-speaker set-up, making the machine suitable as a standalone entertainment device for watching films, especially with Dolby Atmos support. If you want to get into the full specs and features of Apple’s latest iMac see our dedicated coverage.
Here, we’re looking at everything you need to know about how much the new iMac will cost you and where you can buy one outside of Apple.
The M1 chip is also coming to the iPad Pro – we’re looking at where to buy the iPad Pro with M1 here.
How much does the 24in iMac with M1 (2021) cost?
The new iMac devices with the M1 chip will be available in three configurations with prices (and colours) as follows:
- 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD – £1,249/$1,299/AUD$1,899 in green, pink, blue and silver
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD – £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,199 in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD – £1,649/$1,499/AUD$2,499 in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple
Educational pricing reduces prices on the first two configurations to £1,124 (£125 off) and £1,304 (£195 off), respectively. See our full guide to the Apple Education Store.
Where to buy the 24in iMac with M1 (2021)
You’ll be able to buy the new M1 iMac directly from Apple of course, but we expect wider availability from other retailers too. Keep an eye on the following:
If you missed Apple’s Spring Loaded event, watch it again right here. With the launch of the new iMac, you can expect huge discounts on the previous model. See the best iMac deals of the month right here.