Finally, the new Colorful iMac 2021 is here! Of course with a new M1 Apple processor, but the new design is even more groundbreaking. Read all about the colorful iMac 2021 in this article, including its features, pricing, and more!
Colorful iMac 2021 are summarized
- Announced April 20, 2021.
- New M1 processor.
- New design with a 24-inch display.
- Available in seven colors.
- Available from € 1449.
- Pre-order starts on April 30th.
iMac 2021 prices:
- iMac 2021: € 1,449
- iMac 2021 with 8-core GPU: € 1669
- iMac 2021 with 8-core GPU and additional SSD storage: € 1,899
The new iMac Colorful design
For the first time since 2007, the iMac has been given a completely new design (the minor design changes up to and including 2012 do not count). The rounded back with a kind of bump has been removed and the edges around the screen have become narrower. Moreover, it is incredibly thin: the iMac is 11 millimetres thick.
The 2021 iMac is a nice nod to the past because for the first time since the first iMac from 1998, there are again different colors to choose from. No pastels, but seven saturated, bold colors. They look fantastic. And even if you don’t like color, there is still a minimalist silver version available.
We still have two small criticisms about the design. First, we would have liked the iMac to be adjustable in height. But unfortunately, again you can only tilt the iMac forwards or backwards. And while the bezels around the screen have become much narrower, the iMac still keeps its signature ‘chin’. In our opinion, it could have been removed, although we understand that Apple has to put the hardware parts somewhere in this all-in-one computer. Perhaps the foot would have been an option for this.
Larger display Colorful MacBook
The screen of the iMac has grown from 21.5 to 24 inches, has a 4.5K Retina resolution (that equates to 4480 x 2520 pixels) and supports the wide color reproduction P3. Furthermore, the screen has True Tone built-in so that the color temperature of the screen adapts to the ambient light. We already know this technique from the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks.
The screen brightness is 500 nits, the same value as the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 and slightly better than the MacBook Air from 2020 (which has 400 Nits). For a screen that is so much bigger, we think that’s a decent achievement.
iMac with M1 chip
Full analyzes have already been written about Apple’s M1 chip. It’s amazing to see how Apple has designed one of the most powerful processors for computers from scratch. Of course, the company had already gained considerable experience with its mobile chips, but it was not obvious that this could be translated one-to-one to desktop chips.
The 24-inch iMac thus gets the same processor that is already good for lightning-fast performance in last year’s MacBooks and Mac mini. We are still impressed by the speed. Apple knows how to clarify that speed with figures. For example, the CPU is 85 per cent faster than the predecessor, the graphics card 50 to 100 per cent faster depending on the apps used and machine learning (for artificial intelligence) three times faster.
The iMac 24-inch has a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, three microphones that can capture your voice with studio-quality, and improved speakers (six in total) that provide even better sound. These are fantastic novelties especially for those who often have to make video calls.
With the FaceTime HD camera, the aforementioned M1 chip fulfils an additional role. The iMac also uses the M1 chip’s image processor and Neural Engine. This improves the camera’s image quality through noise reduction, wider dynamic range, and better auto exposure and white balance.
IMac 2021 accessories
Even the accessories of the new iMac 2021 are spectacular. First, the keyboard. There is a new Magic Keyboard for Mac. In terms of layout, this is very similar to the keyboard of the MacBook Air. For example, at the bottom left you will find the button with the globe with which you can quickly add emojis. Even cooler is the integration of Touch ID in the keyboard. That way you can finally unlock your passwords with your fingerprint on the iMac or make Apple Pay payments on the web.
Touch ID on the Magic Keyboard also works with other Macs, as long as they have an M1 chip. Furthermore, the Magic Keyboard is available in the same color tone as the iMac to which it belongs. The latter also applies to the new versions of the Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse, which otherwise work the same as the current versions. Last but not least, the iMac’s power supply. The nutrition? Yes, because it is also super cool. The woven power cable that goes to your iMac matches its color. And it is magnetic. But there is more. Because from now on the power supply also includes the ethernet connection for wired internet, and that simply goes along with the power cable. Smart.
There are several configurations of the 24-inch iMac. Do you want to buy the cheapest iMac 2021? The basic version starts at 1,449 euros. For that you get an iMac with 256 GB storage, 8 GB central memory and two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. The M1 of this configuration has seven GPU cores instead of eight, otherwise, it is identical to the other versions. Furthermore, the basic model is only available in the colors blue, green, pink and silver. You should also miss the Touch ID button with the Magic Keyboard.
For the more expensive version of 1669 euros you have all colors available, and the standard M1 chip with eight GPU cores that is in most Macs. In addition, there are two regular USB 3 ports and an ethernet connection for wired internet. Finally, this also includes the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID – the basic version does not have Touch ID. If you pay even more (1,899 euros), you get 512 GB of storage.