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The Apple iMac 24-inch (2021) is available via Apple’s website at a starting price of $1,299. For that you get a machine with 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and an Apple M1 chip with an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU.
Whether everyone in the household uses an Apple gadget or not, the new iMac is a great little machine that excels in its simplicity. Yes, you can buy cheaper machines, whether it’s a Windows all-in-one, a PC you built, or even by just hooking up the M1-powered Mac Mini to another monitor and peripherals.
Pricing on the 2020 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799, while pricing on the 2018 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099.
The 24-inch iMac is a testament to the power and efficiency the M1 processor provides. Apple was able to move from the bulky-aging iMac chassis to a 11.5mm thin slab of aluminum with whisper quiet fans. The 4.5K display with a slim bezel and colorful design will make your desk pop with Apple’s new style.
The new 24-inch iMac serves as a replacement for the 21.5-inch iMac. Apple still sells the 27-inch iMac, powered by Intel processors rather than Apple Silicon. Apple is rumored to be working on a new version of the 27-inch with a larger display and Apple Silicon inside for a release sometime later in 2021 or in 2022.
While we could see a new larger iMac in the autumn of 2021 – perhaps in October – we think it’s more likely to arrive in March or April 2022.
‘Real’ gaming, Parallels, and cloud gaming For traditional gaming, the iMac is likely the better option of the two – unless you subscribe to a cloud gaming service. Both the iPad Pro and iMac can run any iOS/ iPadOS app or game. iMac owners can play M1-compatible Mac games and get pretty decent performance.
So, why are Macs so bad for gaming? Simply put, these machines aren’t designed with gaming in mind (nor are they marketed as such). The upgradability is extremely limited and MacOS is a very locked down, highly regulated platform with a relatively small worldwide install base compared to Windows.
This means that in general, you can expect about 10 years of life from a Mac, barring any unforeseen hardware issues. Now let’s look at some signs your Mac is at the end of its life.