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iMac 24-inch (2021) Review: Bold and Beautiful

iMac 24-inch (2021) Review

The 2021 24-inch iMac is Apple’s first attempt at redesigning the iMac in years, and it’s still easy to use. The keyboard and mouse are already connected to it. After purchasing it, the next thing to do is to plug in the magnetic power plug, and voila! It’s ready to use. Also, it’s the first iMac that possesses Apple’s M1 processor, and based on our experience with other M1 machines, we are aware the hardware is dependable. 

iMac 24-inch (2021) Design

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The latest 24-inch iMac underwent massive redesigning and different new paint coats. The typical silver aluminum of previous imams has been replaced with seven new color options (Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, Purple). The Apple logo at the lower lip of previous models is being replaced by a more extensive version at the back of the device.

Also, the rounded rear end of previous iMacs has been replaced by a flat rectangular chassis about 0.45 inches slim and 14.75 inches tall from the top edge to the lower lip. When it’s placed on a desk standing, it is 18.1 inches tall. It also has a hinge at the back that allows you slightly tilt the screen to the back to about 20 degrees. It has a hole in the stand for the power cable to pass through.

It is11.5mm thick which is slightly similar to the original iPhone thickness. This latest iMac is a slim and light desktop PC with powerful Apple Silicon.

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The color design is split into two different tones: a muted color at the front (chin) of the display and a more saturated color at the rear of the computer. The front of the iMac has a thin white bezel that surrounds the screen. The purpose of the muted color and the white bezel is to prevent throwing off color balance on display or distracting the users. 

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The desktop stand has similar muted color to the faceplate and can be exchanged for a VESA mount at purchase.  

The beautiful and colorful design extends to its peripherals. The magnetic power cable color is matched to the back panel, and the keyboard and mouse possess colored highlights to match. With the 24-inch iMac weighing about 10 pounds, this iMac can be moved around easily. 

iMac 24-inch (2021) Display 

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The 24-inch display on Apple’s latest iMac has a 4480 x 2520 resolution with 218 pixels per inch and supports True Tone and P3 vast color space. When enabled, this is an optional setting that automatically adjusts the display’s color temperature based on the ambient light’s quality.

Generally, the effect was attractive and prominent, but the screen can get slightly too yellow. Anyways, the effects can be much more effective if the Night Shift is enabled. It will automatically adjust the display to warmer tones immediately after sunset, although it’s possible for you to customize the strength and timing of the warming effect.

As regards quality, images and videos look incredible on this display. You can easily distinguish details for dark or fast-moving scenes, especially when streaming 4K videos. Colors pop off the screen, so you can quickly identify colors. 

A light grey bezel that’s about 0.75 inches thick surrounds the screen. A 2.38 inches thicker lip along the bottom matches the iMac’s color and has a similar anti-reflective coating with Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor.

iMac 24-inch (2021) Performance 

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Apple is in the process of transition from Intel processor to Apple Silicon. The first processor Apple made for the iMac is the M1, and it’s fantastic. When it was initially released in the Macbook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, it was faster than most Intel-based Macbooks out there. 

Apple stated that the performance benefits offered by the M1 allow an immediate wake from sleep, swifter app launch, and about 85% faster CPU performance. Even apps such as Affinity Photo works efficiently, whereby users can easily edit large photos in real-time.

24-inch iMac, M1 2020
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iMac 24-inch (2021) vs 27-inch (2020)

Apps that are initially developed for Intel Macs work inherently on the ARM platform due to Rosetta 2 and macOS Big Sur. Intel apps often work better through translation on the M1 more than they do on Intel Macs.

Translated Intel apps and native Arm-based apps are not the only software users can run. Due to the M1, users can efficiently run iPad and iPhone inherently on the iMac 

The 24-inch iMac comes in two versions: An inexpensive version with few color options and ports and an expensive version with a slightly improved performance. The M1 on the inexpensive model possesses an 8-core CPU and a 7-core GPU, and it can be configured with about 1TB storage and 16BG RAM. While the expensive model possesses an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, it can be configured with 2TB storage and 16GB RAM.

iMac 24-inch (2021) Keyboard and Mouse 

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The latest 24-inch iMac comes with Apple’s new Magic Keyboard and a Magic Mouse. You can pay an additional $50 to exchange the mouse for a Magic Touchpad or pay $129 to get both. By default, the entry-level iMac comes with a TouchID-less Magic Keyboard, but you can pay an additional $50 to get the keyboard with TouchID support. 

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The TouchID sensor is located on the top-right of the keyboard. It is a pleasant touch that makes logging into the device relatively easier and faster, and it can save you lots of trouble if you’re desiring to have several users signing in and out of the same machine. The TouchID functionality works solely on M1-equipped Macs, so if you connect it to an older iMac model with an Intel CPU, it will be impossible for you to use the TouchID. Still, if you try connecting it to a MacBook Air with M1, you will be able to use it. 

iMac 24-inch (2021) Touch ID

24-inch iMac, M1 2020
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iMac 24-inch (2021) vs 27-inch (2020)

It’s exciting that Touch ID is now on a desktop Mac. Apple made a fantastic keyboard that’s mainly for the 24-inch iMac in seven different colors to match every hue with Apple’s fingerprint sensor at the top right corner.

Once you have the Touch ID enabled, you can lay your finger on the Touch ID button for authentication anytime the prompts appear whenever you have to enter a password.

The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is only available for the $1,499 and $1,699 models. Although, the $1,299 model does not have a Touch ID, which is disappointing. Instead, it possesses a standard wireless Magic Keyboard that can be upgraded to a Touch ID keyboard for an additional $50 fee.


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The 24-inch iMac is an excellent device. Regardless of its power, it’s majorly targeting the family market. But you have to pay more to do less, and it saves you from the stress of researching and buying speakers, monitors, keyboard, mouse, etc. 

Tech folks who like to open up their machines to make their upgrades may not like it and probably see it as a waste of money. They are not even the target audience for this device, even though the specs are suitable for their needs. 

The 24-inch iMac provides a simple, pleasant, and functional device for users across all categories. It’s not the iMac to beat,  but it is the right iMac for most people to purchase.

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