Nearly three years since the debut of the M1 iMac, Apple has maintained the sleek design of its predecessor while integrating the M3 chip for enhanced performance and efficiency. At first glance, the new iMac retains its familiar aesthetics with minor adjustments, featuring a 24-inch display with a stunning 4.5K resolution. The real star of the show, however, is the M3 chip.
The M3, derived from the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro, marks a significant leap in Apple’s silicon development, being the first to adopt the 3-nanometer architecture tailored for Macs. Apple’s commitment to advancing GPU capabilities is evident with the M3, as it joins the A17 Pro in being the first of Apple’s chips to offer hardware ray tracing support.
Regarding computational prowess, the M3’s performance cores exhibit a 30% speed boost compared to the M1 and a 15% increase over the M2, all while achieving greater power efficiency. The base model of the new iMac is equipped with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU.
Despite these substantial upgrades, Apple has kept the pricing consistent with previous models. The 24-inch iMac with M3 chip starts at $1299, featuring 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
This latest iteration of the iMac represents Apple’s dedication to blending familiar design with groundbreaking performance, offering a machine that is both powerful and efficient.