iMac FAQ: You need to know about Apple’s all-in-one

The 24-inch M1 model has a lot of appeals.

iMac FAQ: You need to know about Apple’s all-in-one
Apple iMac

Apple's iMac is a direct descendant of the original Mac, and it's frequently the first computer that people think of when they think of Apple. The all-in-one design of the iMac is popular and iconic, and it's adaptable enough for both novices and power users. It is suitable for anyone who requires a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximise workspace efficiency.

If you're looking for an iMac, this guide will assist you in making the best decision. The iMac comes in two sizes: a 24-inch variant with a redesigned design and an Apple M1 system on a chip, and a 27-inch model with Intel CPUs. A 21.5-inch iMac was once available from Apple, but it was recently discontinued. Here's how they're organised.

24-inch iMac

If you're looking for an iMac, this guide will assist you in making the best decision. The iMac comes in two sizes: a 24-inch variant with a redesigned design and an Apple M1 system on a chip, and a 27-inch model with Intel CPUs. A 21.5-inch iMac was once available from Apple, but it was recently discontinued. Here's how they're organised.

  • $1,299: Apple M1 SoC with 8-core CPU (4 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores), 16-core Neural Engine, and 7-core GPU; 8GB of memory; 256GB SSD
  • Apple M1 SoC with 8-core CPU (4 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores), 16-core Neural Engine, and 8-core graphics processor (GPU); 8GB of memory; 256GB SSD for $1,499
  • Apple M1 SoC with 8-core CPU (4 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores), 16-core Neural Engine, and 8-core graphics processor (GPU) for $1,699; Memory: 8 GB; SSD: 512 GB

The 24-inch iMac can have up to 16GB of memory ($200 more), and a bigger SSD can be added for an additional fee. After purchasing, these components cannot be upgraded.

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Display: The 23.5-inch 4.5K Retina display is between the 21-inch and 27-inch Intel Macs in terms of size. The display boasts 11.3 million pixels and supports the P3 wide colour gamut, which means it can display over a billion colours. It also has 500 nits of brightness and True Tone. To improve readability, Apple applies an anti-reflective coating to the display.

Design: The design of the 24-inch iMac differs significantly from the 21.5-inch and 27-inch variants. The display bezels are much thinner than on previous iMacs, but it still includes a "chin," an area below the display that stores the iMac's internals. The Apple logo isn't on the front of the chin. It's on the back instead. Apple's 24-inch iMac, for example, is available in a variety of colours: the $1,299 model comes in blue, green, pink, and silver, while the $1,499 and $1,699 models come in the same hues, as well as orange, purple, and yellow.

Input devices: The 24-inch iMac's wireless Magic Keyboard is different from previous models in that it now supports Touch ID. The $1,499 and $1,699 iMacs come with it as standard, but the $1,299 iMac requires an additional fee. For $50, you can get an expanded keyboard with Touch ID. You can choose a wireless Magic Mouse or a wireless Magic Trackpad with the 24-inch iMac. The mouse, trackpad, and keyboard all match the iMac's colour scheme.

Connectivity: 

Two Thunderbolt 3 connections on the $1,299 24-inch iMac operate with USB-C devices as well. Two more USB-C connections are available on the $1,499 and $1,699 iMacs. You'll need an adapter if you have a USB-A device, such as Apple's USB-C to USB Adapter ($19). Consider a Thunderbolt hub if you have many USB-A devices, wired headphones, and other stuff.

Unlike previous iMacs, the 24-inch model lacks an SDXC slot. An adaptor, such as the Anker SD Card reader ($17), is required once more. It does, however, come with a super-cool magnetic power cord.

Built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The 24-inch iMac doesn't have a gigabit ethernet port; instead, it's on the power adapter. The $1,499 and $1,699 variants, however, come with an ethernet-equipped power adaptor as standard. It's not included with the $1,299 24-inch iMac, but you can choose it as an option at checkout—and yes, you'll have to pay an extra $30 for it.

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Speed: The 24-inch iMac compares favourably to the Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air in terms of performance. The 24-inch iMac outperformed the previous model, the 21.5-inch iMac. It's currently one of Apple's quickest Macs.

Macworld’s buying advice: The first generation of M1 Macs wowed us, and the new 24-inch iMac doesn't let us down. It offers a significant speed improvement and silent operation, and owing to the improved Rosetta 2 emulation, practically every Mac app we've tried runs just as well as it did on our Intel Macs. From the design to the display, everything about the iMac has been considerably enhanced. We think the $1,499 model is the sweet spot, as it includes additional ports, Touch ID, and ethernet, but if you don't require those features, the $1,299 model would suffice.

27-inch iMac

The 27-inch iMac with Retina display is available in three sizes, all of which were released in August 2020.

The 27-inch iMac uses Intel CPUs rather than the Apple M1 SoCs featured in the 24-inch iMac in terms of processor, memory, graphics, and storage.

  • $1,799: Intel Core i5 processor with 6 cores, 256GB SSD, and 4GB Radeon Pro 5300 graphics
  • 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB SSD, and 4GB Radeon Pro 5300 graphics for $1,999
  • 3.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB SSD, with 8GB Radeon Pro 5500 XT graphics for $2,299

On the 27-inch iMac, users may simply update the RAM, so it's not as vital to do so right away. The machine features four RAM slots that may be accessed from the back. Apple instals the regular 8GB as two 4GB memory modules, allowing you to upgrade the RAM after you purchase the device. If you wish, you may expand the RAM to 16GB ($200), 32GB ($600), 64GB ($1,000), or 128GB ($2,600) at the time of purchase.

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Display: The 5K Retina display on the 27-inch iMac has a resolution of 51202880 pixels. It employs the P3 colour space, which is widely used in the film industry and for digital cinema projection. These screens have a brightness of 500 nits, which is an improvement over prior iMac screens.

Input devices: Apple's Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 are included with the iMac. You may upgrade the keyboard to one with a numeric keypad ($30) and the mouse to a Magic Trackpad 2 ($50) if you order from the Apple Store online. For an additional $129, you can buy both a Magic Mouse 2 and a Magic Trackpad 2.

Connectivity: There's built-in Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5. Four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and an SDXC card slot are available in the iMac.

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Speed: When it comes to single-core speed, the Retina iMacs are among Apple's fastest computers. Mac Pros with more than four cores are speedier when it comes to multi-core performance.

Macworld’s buying advice: The 5K Retina display has a lot of appeals, but the 4.5K display on the 24-inch iMac isn't bad either. Plus, now that we've seen the new models, the 27-inch model's design is a little antiquated, and the CPUs, while powerful, are ready for an upgrade to the M1 chip. As a result, we recommend either waiting for an update or purchasing one of the new 24-inch models.

21.5-inch iMac

The 21.5-inch iMac has been retired by Apple. It was first published in June 2017 and cost $1,049 at the time. While supplies last, it's still available at the Apple Refurbished and Clearance Store and through Apple Authorized Resellers. Prices at the Apple refurbished store vary depending on the computer's configuration.

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Processor, memory, graphics, and storage: A 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 integrated graphics are included in the base 21.5-inch iMac. It comes with a 256GB SSD, or for the same price, you can upgrade to a slower but larger 1TB Fusion Drive. You can't update the iMac yourself, and you'll have to take it to an Apple store if you want to add extra RAM later.

Display: The 21.5-inch iMac has a display that can display millions of colours and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It's a sRGB display, which means it employs the sRGB colour space, which is sufficient for most users.

Input devices: Apple's Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 are included with the iMac. If you shop from the Apple Store online, you may upgrade to a keyboard with a numeric keypad for $30 and a Magic Trackpad 2 for $50. For an additional $129, you can buy both a Magic Mouse 2 and a Magic Trackpad 2.

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Connectivity: There's built-in Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.2. Four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and an SDXC card slot are available in the iMac.

Speed: There's built-in Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.2. Four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a gigabit ethernet port, and an SDXC card slot are available in the iMac.

How to buy the 21.5-inch iMac: On Apple's website, this model is really a little tough to locate. Here's a link to the product's purchase page. It's not listed in the Apple website's Mac section. You must first open the Compare tool, then choose "iMac 21.5-in." from one of the pop-up selections. You can view its specifications on the Compare page or purchase it by clicking the Buy button.

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Macworld’s buying advice: The 21.5-inch iMac is a nice alternative to the Mac mini for new Mac customers, having a good screen and a competent CPU. If storage is a key priority, the 1TB Fusion Drive is a better option than the 256GB SSD, and we also recommend upgrading the RAM. However, this raises the price, and at that point, you'll probably want to spend the extra cash and upgrade to the newer 24-inch iMac.