Update -22 April 2021 – Let’s check out the new Apple iMac 24 Inch powered by the Apple M1 processor that company has launched.
Also, later in the article, you can read about the previously launched Apple Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Pro Display XDR.
New 24 Inch Apple iMac Powered by M1 Processor
Apple has unveiled the new iMac 24 inch (Powered by M1 Processor) that will replace the old Intel-based 21.5 Inch iMac.
I love Apple products, in fact I am writing this article on my Apple M1 Macbook Air, bought a couple of months back.
Like a lot Apple fans I was waiting for the new iMac for many months. Moreover, I even want to buy an iMac for editing YouTube Videos.
The new 24 Inch Apple iMac seems like a mixed bag at least from initial impressions.
Let’s talk about the positives and negatives of this new colorful Apple 🍎 Computer.
But First, Let me Share the Key Specs Quickly:
- Processor – Apple M1 (8 Core CPU and 8 Core GPU)
- Display – 24 inch with 4.5K Retina Display
- Up to 16 GB unified Memory (RAM)
- Up to 2 TB SSD Storage
- 1080P Face Camera (Improved & Better)
- Magic Keyboard with Touch ID (but no backlighting)
Price and Variants
- Starting Price $1299 (INR 119,900) – 8 Core CPU + 7 Core GPU M1 Processor, 8 GB Ram, and 256 GB Storage, Magic keyboard without touch id.
- Price $1499 (INR 139,900) – 8 Core CPU + 8 Core GPU M1 Processor, 8 GB Ram, and 256 GB Storage, Magic keyboard with touch id.
- Price $1699 (INR 159,900) – 8 Core CPU + 8 Core GPU M1 Processor, 8 GB Ram, and 512 GB Storage, Magic Keyboard with touch id.
The price in India is very competitive and I don’t think these are overpriced.
The base variant looks value for money, but the missing touch id on the keyboard is a bummer. Also, none of these variants come with 16 GB of Ram, which I think is essential.
The Ram is not upgradable, so it is better to buy at least 16 GB if you plan to keep the iMac for a long time.
The cost of an additional 8 GB ram is $200, which is steep, but it is worth paying for in the long run.
Before we proceed have a look at the new iMac M1 Video.
Design & Display
The new design is a mixed bag for me. I love the colors and vibrance that the new iMac can bring to the boring work desk.
The green, pink, yellow, and violet colors look very pleasing and something that you may like.
It reminds me of the old Macintosh computers released in 1998 from Steve Jobs era.
Apple has considerably reduced the size of bezels on the three sides, but the bottom bezel is huge and looks ugly. There is a large speaker setup and an entire motherboard and processor assembly at the bottom space, but I hate the bezel.
Also, the bezels are white instead of black that usually blends better with display.
Apple has made the iMac thinner (measures only 11.5 mm) than the last iteration, and instead of using the space at the back, they are using the bottom chin for housing the electronics.
I have a near borderless 4K LG monitor on my desk that I use with my custom-built PC, and it looks undoubtedly better than large bottom chin iMac.
I am not sure why Apple is not utilizing the space behind the monitor for electronics and speakers to make it more appealing.
Also, the white bezels on the sides of the monitor are not intuitive – black bezels are less annoying when you are watching a movie or a video in full-screen mode.
I am sure Steven Jobs would have twitched in his grave after seeing this design and would have cursed whoever approved it.
P.S – I loathe the thick ugly bezels on my MacBook Air M1 – I hate the fact that it doesn’t look like the Dell XPS 13.
Apple, you can do a lot better with that $195 billion cash reserves.
Powering the Apple M1 iMac is the M1 processor that we have seen power the Macbook Air and Pro. It is a crazy fast processor, and considering the low TDP and energy consumption, it is miles ahead of both Intel and AMD laptop processors.
But wait, iMac is a desktop; I don’t have to carry it anywhere, nor does it work on a battery; it can consume a little more power, and I won’t mind it.
Why would Apple put a laptop processor in a Desktop?
Maybe they think it is the starting range Desktop and will be used by home and office users who are not doing anything that involves a hefty workload.
Past iMacs were far more powerful than the Macbooks.
My expectation was to have faster processor, maybe 40 to 50% faster than M1, with maybe 10 Cores that can reduce video editing time.
Maybe Apple will use a new, more powerful processor for the 16 inch MacBook Pro and the 27 Inch iMac later.
Lastly, all the models come with 8 GB of unified memory that I think will be less (I even bought 16 gigs for MacBook Air M1), and you should too get the 16 gigs upgraded iMac for doing heavy tasks.
The new iMac comes with 4 USB Type C ports, and two of these are thunderbolt ports.
I know the future of ports is USB type C, but I still have tons of gadgets that requires USB Type-A port.
Apple, you could have added that, dongles are terrible solution.
The Macbooks have just 2 USB Type C ports, and connecting anything to these machines is a PIA. You always need to carry the dongles.
If Apple offers a better design and processor in the upcoming 27 Inch iMac; I may be enticed to burn my hard-earned money on it.
But surely not on this big bezel iMac.
Apple Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR Launched in India
Apple has launched the new Mac Pro in the Indian market, and it is pretty expensive. The Mac Pro is available in India for a whopping starting price of Rs. 4,99,900.
The good thing is that Apple is bringing all the variants of the Mac Pro to India, and buyers can configure it to their heart’s desire.
The higher version of the Mac Pro can cost over 15 lakhs with a configuration of upto 28 Core Processors, 1.5 TB Ram, and Dual GPU’s.
The mean machine is not meant for everyone, but only professionals looking to run specific applications like Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and other high-end Mac applications.
You can opt for 8, 12, 16, 24 or even 28 Cores Intel Xeon Processors when building the Mac.
On the Graphics front, we have 3 options available. The base option is the AMD Radeon RX 580 8 GB GDDR5 graphics card.
Next, we have the Radeon Pro W5700X with 16 gigs of GDDR6 memory. For higher needs, you can opt for the Radeon Vega II Pro or even can use Dual Vega II Pro GPU’s.
Also, the amount of Ram is configurable, and you can start with basic 8 GB of DDR4, 2666 Mhz, ram up to high speed 1.5 TB Ram (2999 Mhz).
Besides, if you want some more performance for video editing, you can even bundle the Apple Afterburner ProRes and ProRes RAW accelerator card.
The new Mac Pro weighs 18 Kg, a bulky cheese grater. Notably, It doesn’t come with a monitor, you will have to buy it yourself.
Apple has also listed the new Apple Pro Display XDR on the official Indian website. I am not yet sure about the Indian Price but we can expect it to be close to Rs. 3,65,500.
Also, the ProRes XDR display doesn’t come with an in-built stand, you will have to buy that separately too Rs. 72,000. No kidding, the stand-alone costs 72k.
So are you thinking of buying the new Mac PRO, share your thoughts in the comments below.
iMac Pro – Launch, Specs, Price, and Details
Back in June 2017, Apple showcased the new iMac Pro that is the successor to Apple’s most powerful computer, Mac PRO. As per the latest news, Apple is bringing the iMac Pro to India at an eye-watering price.
The new iMac Pro is an All-in-One Mac, like other iMacs, and comes with insanely powerful hardware.
The older Mac Pro was a standalone CPU that needed to be paired with an external monitor.
Apple is no longer making the Mac Pro that used to comes as a standalone CPU without a monitor. But its shoes are now filled by the more powerful iMac Pro that has a built-in 5K monitor.
The iMac Pro comes in a stunning Space Gray color which is not available for the other iMac models.
The grey keyboard and mouse are also exclusive to the iMac Pro and you can’t have them with the other iMac’s at the time of purchase.
However, you can buy the grey accessories separately to use with an iMac.
Improved Thermal Design
The major flaw, Apple says, in the last generation of the Mac Pro was its inability to upgrade and restricted airflow design.
The new Apple iMac Pro overcomes those pitfalls, with a new thermal design, to ensure the powerful components inside the iMac Pro stay cool and quiet.
The iMac Pro has twin centrifugal fans to keep the interiors cool. However, the biggest upgrade is the processing and graphics power than the iMac Pro offers.
Sheer joy for YouTubers and content creators to be able to work faster with their 4K or higher resolution videos.
The iMac Pro can edit and render content much faster compared to the almost 5 years old Apple Mac Pro.
Notably, the old Mac Pro was the only powerful computer available from Apple that creators were using with video editing software like Final Cut PRO-X.
Let’s talk about the key specs and upgrades in the iMac Pro.
18 Core Xeon Processor
The processor choices are impressive, starting from a workstation-class 8 Core Xeon Processor to a more powerful 10 or 14 Core processor. If you want more power, you can also opt for the most powerful and expensive 18 cores Xeon processor. The 18 Core Xeon Processor is one of the fastest processors that you can use on a desktop.
However, the only model that is listed for sale in India comes with the basic 8 Core Intel Xeon Processor, 1 TB SSD, Radeon PRO Vega 56 Graphics card, and 32 GB Ram.
The price for the iMac Pro, hold your breath, starts at Rs. 4,15,000 in India for the above-mentioned model. So, buying the higher models with 10 Core and 18 Core processors will literally make you rob a little bank. At this price, the iMac Pro is suitable for professionals in Bollywood, working on movie editing or other professionals who have half a million rupees snugged under the mattress.
AMD Vega Graphics Cards
The iMac Pro comes with mind-blowing graphics performance. The iMac Pro has a new graphics card based on the AMD Radeon Vega architecture with up to 16 GB of VRAM and 400 GB per second of memory bandwidth. There are two graphics card models Apple is using: Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16 GB HBM2, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM 2. The Indian version of iMac Pro comes with the Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory.
AMD is using the second generation of HBM (HBM2 [High Bandwidth Memory) for the Vega-based graphics cards.
The company has released the VEGA architecture-based cards and these compete with the likes of Nvidia GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The Graphics cards were released in July 2017, though the new iMac Pro is shipping in December, so there is plenty of time for Apple Engineers to fine-tune the performance of iMac Pro. Further, the iMac Pro packs a lot of raw power supporting 22 Teraflops of half-precision computation.
Also, the iMac Pro comes with a 27 Inch 5K Display with 5120‑by‑2880 pixels resolution along with 500 Nits of brightness.
RAM and Storage
The mean machine also comes with up to 128 GB of ECC memory DDR4, up to 4TB of SSD, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, supports 44 million pixels. The iMac Pro can also support two 5K external monitors and you can also pair upto four 4K external monitors with the iMac PRO.
The lower version launched in India offers 1 TB SSD and has 32 GB of DDR4 Ram clocked at 2666 MHz. Sound – There are stereo speakers, 4 microphones, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for the audio experience. Facetime – It has a 1080p FaceTime camera for HD video, VESA mount, and a new faster SD card slot.
Price and Availability – iMac Pro India
The iMac Pro weighs 9.7 Kg and will come with the tempting space grey Magic Mouse and Apple Keyboard. The iMac Pro starts at an expensive $4,999 (Rs. 3,35,00) in the US and has gone on sale on 14th December 2017.
The Indian price (Rs. 4,15,000) has a big markup due to the GST and the import duty. The price difference in India Vs. the US for the iMac Pro base version is close to Rs. 80,000, a heart-wrenching differential.
No doubt, people using iMacs in India are more scarce than honest politicians. The higher configurations with extra Ram, SSD capacity, and 18 Core processor is available in the US for $13200 or Rs 871,500.
If Apple launches the 18 Core Xeon Processor version in India it will cost around 10 lakhs. Ohh… and I heard some folks saying that the iPhone X is so expensive, please re-think.
Apple has also launched the new 27 Inch and 21 Inch iMac models with the new Intel 7th Gen Kaby lake processor and AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards. Read More about the latest macOS Update coming in November or December 2018 to all Apple devices in India.