When it comes to the iMac, Apple offers two distinct versions of its desktop computer: the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac, and the all-new 24-inch M1 iMac. With the colorful design changes introduced in M1 iMac this year, the differences between the two versions of the iMac are a bit easier to spot.
In August 2020, Apple introduced an updated 27-inch iMac lineup with 10th-generation Intel processors, more RAM, more SSD storage, faster AMD GPUs, and True Tone support for the display. Apple also sells a 2017 iMac model at the low end, but it lacks a 4K display and the upgraded internals you'll find in the 27-inch models.
The newest iMac is the 24-inch iMac with Apple's M1 chip, which was announced in April 2021. The M1 has an 8-core CPU with four high-efficiency cores and four high-performance cores along with an integrated GPU that has up to 8 cores. Additionally, there are major external design changes with the M1 iMac, with an extremely thin and compact design compared to prior models, and the machine measures in at just 11.5 millimeters thick. It also comes in seven colors.
In this guide, you'll find the best currently available prices for the iMac at major Apple resellers including Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and MacMall (which is now integrated with TigerDirect). We'll be tracking the best prices for all iMac models, focusing on the newest iterations of each computer.
21.5-inch iMac (2017)
Apple's iMac lineup starts with the four-year old 21.5-inch iMac, which has a 2.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB HDD. This model is on sale for $949.00 on Adorama, down from $1,099.00.
Because this machine uses older 7th-generation Intel chips and Intel Iris Plus Graphics, it's more beneficial for shoppers to keep an eye on other models of iMac, unless they're really looking for the absolute cheapest Apple desktop computer.
27-inch iMac (2020)
Similar to the smaller model, the 27-inch iMac has an ultra-slim design, but there are differences between each computer. The 27-inch iMac has a 5K display, 10th-generation Intel processors, and Radeon Pro GPUs.
Amazon has the 2020 27-inch Retina iMac (3.3GHz 6-Core, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,899.99, down from $1,999.00. This model has been down to as low as $1,599.99 in recent weeks, so we recommend to wait for a better sale.
24-inch iMac (2021)
The newest of the iMac lineup, Apple's 24-inch iMac includes the company's M1 chip, which is Apple's first System on a Chip for the Mac. Compared to the previous generation 21.5-inch model, the M1 iMac offers up to 85 faster CPU performance, up to 2x faster GPU performance, and up to 3x faster machine learning.
The 24-inch iMac has replaced the lower-end 21.5-inch iMac models (except the 2017 machine listed above). As with all the new products announced in April 2021, we aren't expecting many steep discounts for the M1 iMac any time soon, but Amazon has a discount of $49 off the 7-core 256GB model, priced at $1,249.99.
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