Apple’s M3 24-Inch iMac Is Now Here With Improved Performance And Not Much Else
As expected, Apple’s ‘Scary Fast’ event brought with it a new 24-inch iMac, although you probably wouldn’t know it to look at it.
The new machine looks identical to the old one, but as always, it’s what is on the inside that counts.
The new iMac features the same 24-inch 4.5K display and comes in a handful of colors, but the real news is the M3 chip that replaces the outgoing M1. That new chip means that the iMac is now faster than ever, packing an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU for those who need a little extra power during work or play. There is also support for things like hardware-accelerated ray tracing for improved gaming performance and more.
The M3 chip brings another huge leap in performance to iMac, featuring an 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and support for up to 24GB of unified memory. It’s up to 2x faster than the previous generation with M1.1 Users will feel the speed and power of M3 in everything they do, from multitasking across everyday productivity apps to exploring creative passions like editing high-resolution photos or multiple streams of 4K video. Featuring the next-generation GPU of M3, iMac supports hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing, providing more accurate lighting, reflections, and shadows for extremely realistic gaming experiences, and making three-dimensional design and creation even faster. With a 16-core Neural Engine and the latest media engine, iMac also delivers blazing machine learning and video performance.
The M3 chip is based on TSMC’s 3nm manufacturing process, just like the A17 Pro that powers the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. That means that it uses less power and runs cooler, something that is likely to be important given the thinness of the iMac’s chassis.
The rest of the iMac’s configuration starts with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, with prices starting at $1299. There’s an option for an extra two GPU cores for an extra $200, while RAM and storage can also be upgraded at a cost. The new 24-inch M3 iMac comes in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver depending on the configuration you choose, and is available for order today. The new iMac should start to arrive on doorsteps on November 7.