Apple at its Spring Loaded event on Tuesday launched what it is calling the all-new iMac, featuring its custom-designed ARM chip – the Apple M1 SoC. As usual with most Apple upgrades, the 24-inch iMac is thinner, faster, and cooler running than preceding generations. Alongside, the company also unveiled a revamped Apple TV 4K streaming device that now features the Apple A12 Bionic SoC that you see on the most recent generation iPhone 12 handsets. Both the new iMac and the new Apple TV 4K go up for pre-orders later this month, and on sale next month.
All-New 24-inch iMac, Apple TV 4K refresh price and availability
The all-new iMac featuring the Apple M1 SoC will start at $1,299 (more or less Rs. 97,900) in the USA, and will go up for pre-orders from April 30. This pricing is for the 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB storage, Magic Keyboard mannequin, and in India, pricing starts at Rs. 1,19,900, going up to Rs. 1,39,000 (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB storage mannequin) and Rs. 1,59,000 (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB storage mannequin) as starting prices for the higher end models that include Touch ID-enabled Magic Keyboards. In the USA, the higher end models are priced at $1,499 (more or less Rs. 1,13,00) and $1,699 (more or less Rs. 1,28,100). The new M1-based iMac will go on sale in the second one half of May, the company revealed.
The Apple TV 4K with A12 Bionic SoC is priced at $179 (more or less Rs. 13,500) for the 32GB storage mannequin, and $199 (more or less Rs. 15,000) for the 64GB mannequin. In India, it starts at Rs. 18,900 and goes up to Rs. 20,900. Its availability is equal to the new iMac, with it going up for pre-orders from April 30 and then availability in 30 countries from April 30. The new Siri Remote is priced at Rs. 5,800, and works with older Apple TV devices (4K and HD). AppleCare+ may also be to be had for the first time for the lineup, with the new Apple TV 4K, priced at Rs. 2,900.
All new 24-inch iMac with M1 SoC features, specifications
The M1-based iMac features a brand spanking new design, with a distraction-free muted colour on the front, and a brighter hue on the back. The base mannequin is only to be had in four colours – Blue, Green, Red, Silver, while the two higher end models are to be had in Yellow, Orange, and Purple, moreover. The iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display (4480×2520 pixels), with Apple’s True Tone tech for colour balance, P3 wide colour gamut, 500 nits peak brightness, and a low reflectivity coating. The company says 24-inch display fits in a frame only somewhat larger than the earlier 21.5 mannequin. The all-in-one (AIO) PC may be more compact, at just 11.5mm thin.
Apple says the M1 chip thanks to its ARM-based design and system-on-chip helps minimize the size of the logic board and require a smaller thermal system. The new AIO may be quieter thanks to the two small fans replacing the earlier unmarried large one, up to 50 percent quieter (<10 dB). Benefits of the new SoC on the 24-inch iMac beyond immediate wakeup include up to 85 percent faster CPU performance than older 21.5-inch models, up to 2x faster GPU performance, and up to 3x faster machine learning performance.
Also new on the all-new iMac are the 1080p webcam which uses the M1’s neural engine for face detection and better exposure in addition to colour balance. The company has also included what it calls a studio quality 3-mic array with beamforming tech, and a Dolby Atmos-certified 6-speaker system including force-cancelling woofers alongside high-performance tweeters.
As for connectivity options, new iMac users can select to rise up to up to four USB Kind-C ports, two of which can also be Thunderbolt. The AIO supports up to a 6K display, excluding featuring a new magnetic power connector with a 2-metre colour-matched woven cable and an adapter that integrates the Ethernet port to save space. Apple has launched three new Magic Keyboard models alongside – a colour-matching Magic Keyboard with new keys for Highlight, Dictation, Do Not Disturb, and emoji. Another new Magic Keyboard has the same design, but also features wireless Touch ID. And in the end, another mannequin with the same new key-design but including a numpad. New colour-matching versions of the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad were also detailed.
As for specifications, the base mannequin of the 24-inch iMac offers up to 16GB of unified reminiscence, 1TB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth v5, and two Thunderbolt/ or USB 4 ports, while the higher end models offer up to a 2TB SSD, and three USB 3 ports moreover.
Apple TV 4K with A12 Bionic features, specifications
The new Apple TV 4K featuring Apple’s A12 Bionic processor boasts of several upgrades over its predecessor, including toughen for high-frame rate HDR satisfied. Apple said it is working with satisfied providers globally to make more such satisfied to be had, while iPhone 12 Pro users can use their handsets to record Dolby Vision HDR satisfied at 60 fps.
Also new is a Colour Balance feature, which lets Apple TV 4K users with iPhone handsets adjust the colour balance of their television sets. This is achieved by holding up the iPhone to a designated spot on the TV, and then with the light sensor on the iPhone, colour output is measured and calibrated.
The new Apple TV 4K also features a brand spanking new Siri Remote, which can also be purchased one after the other and work with the final generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models. The remote features a touch-enabled clickpad, an outer-ring that can now read circular motions to seek along a video timeline, a new power button that controls the TV set, and the movement of the Siri button to the side. It is made from 100 percent recycled aluminium, the company boasts.