Apple revealed a load of new products earlier this week, including the iPad Pro 2021 and AirTags, but it was the iMac 2021 that stole the show. In fact, I will go even further. The iMac 2021 is one of the most exciting Apple products I’ve seen in years.
It is indeed a big claim that Apple is launching a lot of devices these days, from iPhones and Macs to smart speakers and TV boxes. But the iMac is just one of the more recent Apple products that I can think of that provides such a significant upgrade that it leaves its rivals in the dust – at least looking at the specs as I review it right now I am not doing
What about MacBook Air? The lightweight laptop was fitted with the same Apple M1 processor long before the new iMac surfaced, allowing you to easily make it exciting. But Apple hasn’t redesigned it yet, so it still feels older than the likes of Dell XPS 13 and Razor Book 13.
The laptop space is far more competitive than the all-in-one PC market. While the MacBook Air surpasses all its rivals in terms of performance, there are plenty of Ultrabook options that offer better design, features, and screens.
This is not the case for the iMac 2021. Surface Studio 2 is one of the most well-known desktop PC rivals, but Microsoft has not updated its range since 2018. Of course, the likes of Dell, HP, and Lenovo all also have a very good selection of all-in-one PCs, but they are not as exceptional or powerful as Apple’s iMac.
The powerful M1 processor, super-wide 4.5K Retina display and Speedi SSD are all the best specs you can find in an all-in-one PC. While the starting price of £ 1249 / $ 1299 can hardly be considered cheap, I highly doubt that any custom-built PC can be built with specs comparable to this budget – a 4K monitor costs £ 300 / Can exceed $ 300.
I am also all for new color options. Apple could easily slow down the bezel and continue Shipping Silver iMacs, but by offering a stunning seven color options, users can now brighten up their work space and add some personalization.
The iMac 2021 is also launching at the right time, with work from home now considered a viable long-term option. With an improved webcam, Thunderbolt connectivity, and optional Touch ID support on the keyboard, Apple equipped the iMac with everything needed to work from home.
This is not to say that the iMac 2021 is perfect. Without testing it, I can already know about some weak points. The entry level 256GB SSD seems very stingy. If you are working with lots of applications, images and videos, then your hard drive is going to fill up very quickly. The 512GB is now considered an ideal storage capacity for the entry-level model, but Apple is setting a price of £ 1649 / $ 1699 for that storage option.
I am skeptical about the status of the port. Apple is only offering two Thunderbolt ports on the iMac, so there is no room for HDMI, SD card readers or USB-A which are still widely used for plugging in peripherals and USB sticks.
Apple clearly thinks that iMac’s user base does not need a ‘legacy’ port with display output with Thunderbolt supporting data transfer and all-in-one solution. I do not believe this to be the case, as there are a lot of complaints about laptops that have dug up the USB-A port. Apple is also rumored to be making a U-turn for the MacBook Pro 2021, which is adding in more ports than relying on USB-C, although this laptop is targeted towards professionals who are very good with video, etc. Do more work.
There can also be too many iMac 2021 faults, but I’ll have to wait until I can test myself to find out. But looking at the specs sheet at this early stage, I find that with the new iMac there are far more positives than negatives.
It is an incredibly exciting gadget, and I hope it is a sign of things to come for future Apple products. Keep an eye on Trusted Reviews for our upcoming review, and Let let us know what you think of the iMac 2021 by sending us a message Twitter.
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