24-Inch M1 iMac – How To Pick The Perfect Preorder
Macworld|June 2021
Here’s our guide to help you buy the one you need.
By Roman Loyola

Apple revealed its new M1 iMac (see page 58) during its Spring Loaded event (fave.co/ 3gSaMaG), and if you’re like us, you immediately wanted to buy one. You can preorder the new models now for the second half of May. We took a good look at the 24-inch iMac in advance to help you make the best purchase for the money. Follow our guide to spend your dollars wisely.


Before we start getting into the differences, let’s take a look at the features that are the same on all three models of the 24-inch iMac.

> 4.5K Retina display (support for 1 billion colors, 500 nits brightness, P3 color gamut, True Tone)

> M1 processor > 8GB RAM (16GB upgrade available)

> 1080p FaceTime HD camera

> Six speaker system

> Three-microphone array

> 3.5mm audio jack

> Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 That’s a lot of computer no matter which model you buy. But there are key differences between the $1,299, $1,499, and $1,699 iMac models.


All of the iMac models have the same all-in-one design, measuring 21.5x18.1x5.8 inches and weighing about 10 pounds, which is impressive for such a powerful desktop PC. But the color options are different, with the higher configurations getting a few extra options.


$1,299 iMac 24: Blue, green, pink, silver

$1,499 iMac 24: Blue, green, pink, silver, orange, purple, yellow

$1,699 iMac 24: Blue, green, pink, silver, orange, purple, yellow

Our pick: If you absolutely, positively must have an orange iMac, you absolutely, positively must spend the extra cash. (We’ll admit it does look fabulous.)


All three models have an 8-core M1 CPU, but the graphics processor (GPU) is different in the $1,299 iMac 24.

CPU cores

$1,299 iMac 24: 8

$1,499 iMac 24: 8

$1,699 iMac 24:8

GPU cores

$1,299 iMac 24: 7

$1,499 iMac 24: 8

$1,699 iMac 24: 8

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