Apple has released the next generation of 24″ iMac computers with seven colour options including green, orange, pink, purple, blue, yellow, and silver. The new iMacs, powered by M1 processors are the first Apple desktops apart from the Mac Mini to get the new Apple Silicon chips. The new all-in-one desktops integrate the CPU, GPU, RAM onto the one chip.
The M1 processors integrate the Central Processing Unit (CPU), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and RAM onto the same chip. The Ethernet port of the new M1 iMacs is now located on the power adapter , this is likely due to the thinner design that makes it more difficult to squeeze in ports. The headphone jack is also located on the side for that reason. Apple also touted the new iMac’s built-in 6-speaker sound system and ‘studio-quality’ microphone.
That high degree of integration benefits performance, can cut costs (fewer materials required), and save a great deal of space. However, this System-on-Chip (SoC) design sacrifices your ability to upgrade it entirely, and it also limits repairability.
Buying a budget-friendly computer with the intent to upgrade it later is no longer an option in this case. The high performance-per-watt is another factor to consider. It would be interesting to see if Apple enters the server market using the architecture the M1 is built on, considering that performance-per-watt is important to server farms
Also read: Your M1 Mac Can Now Run Windows 10.