The brand-new 2021 Apple iMac with M1 chip is set to release on June 1, but you can preorder it now. These machines come equipped with the speedy Apple-made M1 chip, and they’re available in an array of color options. They look pretty great, and multiple configurations are available to reserve from a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Apple.
You’ll find full details about these new machines, as well as preorder links, below. Let’s get to it.
Preorder 2021 M1 iMac
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So far, we’re seeing these machines available for preorder on Amazon, Best Buy, and the Apple Store. You can customize them, or find various configurations, at any of the retailers, though the Apple Store offers the deepest levels of customization.
M1 iMac Colors
These new machines come in seven color options. The colors are bold on the back, with lighter shades for the stand and the chin beneath the monitor.
The least-expensive configuration for the new iMac costs $1299 and is available in blue, green, pink, and silver. Another configuration starting at $1499 is available in those colors, as well as yellow, orange, and purple.
What is the M1?
The M1 is a system on a chip. Rather than outsourcing the processor to Intel as in previous Macs, Apple makes the entire M1 itself. The chip incorporates the processor, graphics, memory, and more components into a small, thin chip that allows for the iMacs to be so thin.
Last year, the M1 debuted in MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. This year, Apple is continuing to put M1 chips in its devices, including these new iMacs, and also in the iPad Pro. All of the existing M1 devices have gotten glowing reviews, with critics saying they run much faster and cooler than the previous Intel-equipped Macs.
How Thick is the M1 iMac?
A better question might be how thin they are. At 11.5 mm, they’re ultra-thin.
The new iMac is so thin it can’t even support an ethernet port on its body, so Apple has moved it to the box on the power cable. The baseline iMac has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. Pick the $1499 one, and you also get two additional USB 3 ports. Like the MagSafe connectors of yore, the power cable connects magnetically. And even the cable comes in a color matching the computer.
M1 iMac Display
The front of this computer is mostly a screen, really. The screen is a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display that supports 500 nits of brightness. Like most of the other screens Apple makes, it has an anti-reflective coating and supports True Tone technology that makes colors look good no matter the lighting conditions of the room around you.
Above the monitor is a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, an improvement over previous models. The computer has six speakers to create full-sounding audio, with strong lows, mids, and highs.
M1 iMac Accessories
Along with the iMac itself, the box also contains a power cord and power adapter, USB-C to Lightning cable, a Magic Mouse, and a Magic Keyboard. The color of the power cord, mouse, and keyboard all match the iMac you choose.
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