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Apple’s 24-inch iMac finally gets an M3 update

It’s a long-overdue update, leaping from the M1 chip to the M3.

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Apple iMac M3 colors

Apple has announced an updated 24-inch iMac with the latest M3 chip. The colorful Mac desktop retains its exterior with white bezels while embracing more recycled materials. It’s a long-overdue update, leaping from the M1 chip to the M3.

The M3 chip in the new iMac has an eight-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU architecture that supports hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing. There are configurations for up to 24GB of unified memory and 2TB of storage. The silicon update translates to up to a 30 percent faster performance when using apps such as Safari and Microsoft Excel.

In addition to supporting up to 12 streams of 4K video, handling images and videos in respective editing apps should be twice as fast. There’s WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 on the connectivity front as opposed to the M1 iMac from 2021 that shipped with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Apple iMac M3 Safari

The 4.5K Retina display on the 24-inch iMac remains the same along with many other specifications such as speakers, 1080p camera, and USB port configurations. What’s changed further is the increased use of recycled materials for the hardware. The latest iMac uses recycled rare earth magnets, tin soldering, and gold plating in circuit boards under the hood. Plus, the stand is now made of fully recycled aluminum.

Preorders for the 24-inch M3 iMac are open starting today, with shipping starting November 7. The base model with an eight-core GPU starts at 1,299 USD, and the 10-core GPU variant starts at 1,499 USD.

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