Saturday, December 4, 2021
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The new 24-inch iMac may see Apple become the top vendor of all-in-one personal computers

Apple’s new 24-inch, M1-equipped iMac may  help it overtake HP as the leading all-in-one (AIO) computer brand vendor, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

“The sources pointed out that high-end AIO PCs such as the ‌iMac‌ are only seeing limited impact from component shortages, but entry-level to mid-range products priced between NT$15,000 (US$536.51) and NT$30,000 have been hit much harder,” the article says. “Several ODMs have already halted their production for many AIO PCs because of component shortage, but ‌iMac‌ production remains unaffected, the sources said.

DigiTimes says HP was the largest AIO personal computer brand in the fourth quarter of 2020, shipping 925,000 units, followed by Apple with 860,000 units, and Lenovo with 731,000 units. However, Apple’s shipments are estimated to have surpassed HP in the first quarter of 2021.

At Apple’s April 20 “Spring Loaded” event, the tech giant announced a new 24-inch iMac featuring the amazing M1 system-on-chip. No longer does the iMac have that bulging back — it’s now a thin (11.5mm), iPad-like device that comes in seven different colors. Pre-orders started on April 30, with deliveries beginning in the second half of May.

The new iMac is powered by the M1, so has great performance.The entire front of the device is one piece of glass, so no seams interrupt the sleek lines. The colors are muted on the front — rather pastel, in fact — while bright and bold on the back. It has an impressive new camera (1080p FaceTime finally), with pro-quality speakers and microphones to match.

Touch ID comes to the iMac for the first time with a wireless Magic Keyboard featuring a Touch ID button. Prices start at US$1,299 and $1,249  for education with a 7-core GPU. It features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Mouse. Starting at $1,499 ($1,399 for education), an enhanced model features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, 256GB SSD, two Thunderbolt ports, two additional USB 3 ports, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Mouse, and Ethernet.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.