Apple recently introduced an upgraded version of the Apple 24-inch iMac, which includes the newly announced M3 chip. It follows the release of the M1-powered iMac in 2021. The 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip was unveiled at Apple’s Scary Fast event on Tuesday, retaining the same design as the 2021 iMac model with the M1 chip that was launched three times. year ago. The upgraded iMac M3 model has an 8-core CPU and can offer a maximum of 10-core GPU. It is claimed to offer twice the performance of the M1-based iMac and is also more power-efficient.
Apple 24-Inch iMac Review
The Apple 24-inch iMac features a 24-inch Retina display, offering a 4.5K resolution and a peak brightness of 500 nits. It offers sharp and detailed images with wide color gamut support. The display is also bright enough for use in most lighting conditions.
The M3 chip is the biggest upgrade in the new 24-inch iMac. Apple’s new M3 chip is manufactured using a 3nm process. It features an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU. This makes it significantly faster than the M1 chip, which had a 7-core CPU and 8-core GPU. It runs on the brand-new macOS Sonoma operating system.
Apple claims that the new iMac is up to 2x faster than the previous generation with M1. For example, compiling code is up to 30% faster, and video editing is up to 40% faster. The new iMac is also up to 2.5x faster than the most popular 27-inch Intel-based iMac models, and 4x faster than the most powerful 21.5-inch Intel-based iMac model.
The M3 chip also features a new 16-core Neural Engine. This makes it faster and more efficient at machine learning tasks, such as image recognition and natural language processing.
For example, the new iMac can now convert text to speech and speech to text up to 2x faster than the previous generation iMac. It can also recognize objects in images and videos more accurately and quickly.
The latest version is equipped with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 for seamless connectivity. It has four USB Type-C ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and support for Gigabit Ethernet. Additionally, it features a high-resolution 1080p FaceTime camera and a six-speaker system that offers spatial audio and Dolby Atmos support. Out of the box.
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Apple 24-inch iMac Specifications
- 24-inch (4480×2520 pixels) 4.5K Retina XDR display at 218 pixels per inch, Up to 500 nits brightness, Wide colour (P3), True Tone technology
- Apple M3 chip – 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores with 8-core / 10-core GPU, Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 16-core Neural Engine, 100GB/s memory bandwidth
- 8GB unified memory (Configurable to 24GB)
- 256GB / 512GB (Configurable to 1TB or 2TB)
- macOS Sonoma operating system
- Backlit Magic Keyboard / Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Configurable with: Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, Magic Trackpad
- Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.3
- 1080p FaceTime HD camera, Advanced image signal processor with computational video
- Studio‑quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming, 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones, High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers, Wide stereo sound, Optional – Two USB 3 ports (up to 10 Gbps) and Gigabit Ethernet
- Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
- DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 4 (up to 40 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Apple 24-Inch iMac Price in India, Availability
The new Apple 24-inch iMac with an M3 chip starts at Rs. 1,34,900. This model comes with an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD storage, and two Thunderbolt ports. Apple includes the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse with the 24-inch iMac. It is available in green, pink, blue, and silver colour options.
On the other hand, the Apple 24-inch iMac with M3 variant with the 10-core GPU starts at Rs. 1,54,900 or Rs. 1,44,900 for education. It comes with the same configuration — an 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3 ports. This is bundled with a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Magic Mouse. It is available in Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Silver, and Yellow colour options.