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Originally released in 1998. the iMac ($1,099 and up) started life as Apple’s fun all-in-one computer, evolving into a more serious “right for practically everyone” option over time. For Pro users, there is also an iMac Pro model as well.

Apple first introduced the aluminum iMac in August 2007 with 20-inch and 24-inch options. This was a major update compared to the previous plastic design of the machine, which was available in 17″, 20″, and 24″screen sizes between August of 2004 and August of 2007. The mid-2007 model, however, was only a stepping stone. Despite featuring an aluminum front-face, it still featured a back casing made of black plastic, which was a stark difference from the sleek aluminum front.

In 2009, Apple released a new lineup with aluminum unibody design in 21.5″ and 27″ screen sizes – introducing the two screen sizes that are still in use today. This design has ended up shaping the future of the iMac, with Apple focusing on revising it rather than completely redesigning.

In October 2012, Apple redesigned the iMac with an ultra-slim side profile and removed the SuperDrive. While the thinnest point measures 5mm, there’s still a bulge in the back to accommodate the iMac’s internals and cooling system. In 2015, the iMac was upgraded with a Retina display upgrade option.

In March of 2019, Apple released a minor upgrade to the 4K and 5K iMac lineup. The updates include new 6-core and 8-core Intel CPUs with Radeon Pro Vega graphics options.

The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299. The base model includes a 3.6GHz 8th-generation Intel i3 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and Radeon Pro 555X graphics.F or $1799, the base model 27-inch iMac includes a 3GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and a Radeon Pro 570X GPU. The Radeon Pro Vega 48 GPU upgrade costs $450 build-to-order, and is not offered on any base iMac configuration. The iMacs continue to feature spinning hard drives as the default with upgrade options for Fusion Drives and Flash storage.

Apple also sells a $1099 low end of the iMac, but it doesn’t include a 4K display and includes an older processor. For your money, it’s recommended to get at least the $1299 model. If you are considering any upgrades, the 256 GB flash storage upgrade will go a long way at improving long term durability and speed.

If you are looking to mount your iMac on a wall, Apple offers a model with a VESA compatible stand for a $40 upgrade.

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iMac Stories January 26

Apple plans to replace its 27-inch iMac with a new model featuring its own silicon. As rumors point out that the company will likely unveil this new generation in 2022, here’s everything we know so far about the product.

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iMac Stories December 23, 2021

Apple continues exploration of all-glass iMac, now with touchscreen element

Almost two years ago, Apple applied for a patent on an all-glass iMac design with a built-in keyboard and trackpads. The company appears to be continuing to work on this idea, with a fresh iMac patent today adding no fewer than 20 new elements, including a partial touchscreen, and a solution to the obvious ergonomic flaw…

iMac Stories December 22, 2021

Updates: Ross Young initially tweeted a single-word reaction – surprising – and Digitimes issued a correction to yesterday’s report stating that it was an error. Young subsequently tweeted that he still thinks Apple will use mini-LED.

See additional update at end.

While most reports are pointing to the 2022 27-inch iMac using the same mini-LED backlighting system as the latest MacBook Pro models, a fresh supply chain report today disagrees.

However, the report is confusing, and possibly confused …

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iMac Stories December 13, 2021

Rumors about the new 27-inch iMac Pro keep getting traction as a new report by Display Supply Chain Consultants gives a few tidbits about an upcoming Mac set to replace the current 27-inch Intel model.

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iMac Stories November 11, 2021

The iMac saw a big redesign in 2021, with Apple unveiling the colorful new 24-inch iMac back in April. Looking ahead to 2022, however, there is still a lot of focus on the iMac, particularly as the 27-inch iMac awaits its turn to transition away from Intel chips to Apple Silicon.

Head below as we recap everything we know so far about what Apple has planned for the iMac in 2022…

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iMac Stories November 8, 2021

With September and October Apple events out of the way, there are still some unannounced but eagerly anticipated Apple products to come by some point next year.

The September event saw the company announce the iPhone 13 lineup, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini, and the iPad 9. October’s Unleashed event added the long-awaited 14- and 16-inch M1 MacBook Pros, AirPods 3, and new HomePod mini colors.

But that still leaves us waiting for a number of as-yet unannounced products …

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iMac Stories November 1, 2021

A number of Mac users are seeing an error message: “Your system has run out of application memory.” The error is caused by an app using gigabytes worth of memory – reporting more usage than the Mac has, until it eventually crashes. Culprits include Mail and Final Cut Pro.

The exact behavior varies. In the worst of cases, a user cannot change focus from the alert window, requiring a forced restart …

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iMac Stories October 30, 2021

As the Apple Silicon transition moves forward, Intel-powered Macs continue to disappear from Apple’s lineup. This week, Apple has quietly discontinued the 21.5-inch iMac powered by Intel processors. This comes six months after the introduction of the redesigned 24-inch iMac with Apple’s M1 chip inside.

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iMac Stories October 21, 2021

Apple’s October “Unleashed” event brought the launch of the M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple Silicon chips that power the all-new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. We also got the 3rd-gen AirPods with Spatial Audio and more. However, there were a few of things in Apple’s pipeline that weren’t unveiled. Let’s look at everything Apple didn’t announce at its October event.

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iMac Stories October 20, 2021

A new report today offers a claimed look at Apple’s 2022 iMac plans, namely to prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to the display. The report says that Apple is sticking to 27 inches for next year’s iMac, but will offer the same display tech used in the just-launched MacBook Pro models.

This contradicts expectations of a 32-inch iMac, which would seem the obvious next step for a couple of reasons …

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iMac Stories September 10, 2021

Apple will soon offer all 24-inch M1 iMac colors in its retail stores

Following the announcement of the iMac M1 earlier this year, Apple confirmed that only some of the colors would be available for demonstration and purchase at Apple Retail Stores around the world. However, it seems that the company will finally offer all the iMac colors in its physical stores to customers starting next week.

iMac Stories September 7, 2021

Early last year, Apple applied for a patent for a curved glass iMac design, with one of the illustrations also suggesting the same design could be used for a display and dock for a MacBook.

That patent has today been granted …

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iMac Stories August 30, 2021

The popular accessory maker Hyper is out with its latest HyperDrive USB hub, this time designed exclusively for the 24-inch M1 iMac. The new HyperDrive 5-in-1 and HyperDrive 6-in-1 Hubs clamp to the front of your M1 iMac, and include multiple USB-A and USB-C ports.

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iMac Stories August 19, 2021

Update: Two days after start selling the 24-inch iMac as a refurbished product in the UK, US customers can also buy one of the new Macs at a lower price, up to $260 in discount here.

Four months after being released, the 24-inch iMac with M1 chip is now available as a refurbished option from the Apple Store in the UK. Currently, two 24-inch models are being sold — one in pink and another in green. Users can get up to £220.00 (around $300) of discount.

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iMac Stories August 12, 2021

Satechi has unveiled its latest Apple accessory today, a handy USB-C Clamp Hub designed for the 2021 M1 iMac. The Clamp Hub adds 5 ports to the front of the new all-in-one Mac for easy access and a more organized setup.

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iMac Stories July 26, 2021

For those waiting for the replacement of the 27-inch iMac, it may take longer, according to leaker DylanDkt. He says the next high-end iMac will be released in 2022 due to a combination of supply delays and Apple’s plans for marketing the machine.

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iMac Stories July 11, 2021

A report earlier this year indicated that Apple was in the midst of developing a redesigned iPad mini with no Home button and slimmer bezels. Now, Bloomberg reports that the redesigned iPad mini is still on track for a release this fall, while Apple is also continuing work on a larger iMac with Apple Silicon inside.

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iMac Stories June 14, 2021

The new iMac has been in stores for a while now, and the reviews about it are mostly positive due to its new ultra-thin, colorful design and the power of the M1 chip. However, some customers are now complaining about iMac M1 units that were shipped with a crooked stand.

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iMac Stories June 3, 2021

As you probably already know, the new 24-inch iMac M1 outperforms nearly every entry-level iMac previously sold by Apple. However, YouTuber Luke Miani has modified one of these older machines with an Intel Core i9 processor to compare it to the M1 iMac — and the results are quite interesting.

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iMac Stories May 29, 2021

Apple’s redesigned iMac was crafted, at least in part, by the company’s long-time design executive Jony Ive. Wired reports that even though Ive officially departed Apple in 2019, he was still involved in designing the first new iMac chassis in a decade.

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iMac Stories May 25, 2021

Orange M1 iMac goes head-to-head against tangerine G3 in generational comparison [Video]

Apple’s colorful new iMac is now widely available, and early hands-on reviews and videos have been filtering in over the last week. Now, podcaster and iMac historian Stephen Hackett has published a new video comparing the orange M1 iMac to the tangerine iMac G3…

iMac Stories May 24, 2021

Following the official launch of the new iMac on Friday, iFixit has already gotten its hands on one of these redesigned 24-inch iMacs to share its traditional teardown. This gives us a better look at the internal parts of the computer, which is basically a single logic board with everything soldered there.

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iMac Stories May 14, 2021

Following the discontinuation of the iMac Pro earlier this year, Apple is now winding down sales of the accompanying space gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse. These accessories were first introduced exclusively for the iMac Pro when it was released in 2017, and Apple started selling them separately in March of 2018.

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iMac Stories May 13, 2021

As the new redesigned iMac is now shipping to the consumers, we will soon be able to get a closer look at this machine with new design, multiple colors, and the M1 chip inside. This week, two managers from Apple’s marketing team discussed how the new iMac is changing the computer market and praised how the M1 chip enables the same great performance on different types of devices.

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