According to Apple, the iMac 24 has become the most popular all-in-one computer in the world. Having missed the upgrade to M2 processors, today it finally got an upgrade, and expectedly, right to M3. Unlike the MacBook Pro line, there are fewer new options and details.
The iMac 24 is still the only size option for Apple’s AIO. The computer has not changed the two layout options, where the basic version has only two Thunderbolt 4, and the more expensive one has two more USB 3. This also affects the number of case color options (4 or 7, respectively), the basic set of manipulators (with more ports, you don’t have to pay extra for the wireless Magic Keyboard with Touch ID), and the presence of an Ethernet port (which can be installed in a simpler version of the computer for an additional $30).
Another difference between the two versions is the layout of the processor, which in the more expensive version has 10 rather than eight graphics cores. At the same time, they have the same CPU – four productive and energy-saving cores each.
According to the company’s presentation, the new iMac with M3 is twice as fast as the version with M1. Compared to the “most popular 27-inch version with Intel,” the new product should be 2.5 times faster, and the performance of the “most popular 21.5-inch iMac” will be four times higher. Apple, of course, did not specify which models were involved in these comparisons.
The new model will now offer more RAM (up to 24 GB) and storage (up to 2 TB). Communication capabilities have been upgraded to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
Most of the other features remain the same: up to seven color options (Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, Purple), a 24-inch 4.5K display, studio microphones, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, six speakers, a 3.5 mm Jack, and more. The dimensions and weight are unchanged from its predecessor.
Interestingly, the bundled wireless Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and/or Magic Trackpad still use Lightning to charge. The corresponding cable will be in the box.
The new iMac will start at $1,299, with more color options and slightly more powerful graphics available for those who want to pay $1,499 and up. Like the new MacBook Pro, the updated iMac is already available for pre-order in the United States and will begin shipping on November 7.
Full recording of the Scary Fast presentation: