Apple has announced a new, redesigned 24-inch iMac, featuring an M1 chip, a 4.5K display, and a range of color options, as well as an improved cooling system, front-facing camera, speaker system, microphones, power connector, and peripherals.
These look pretty good, but they come with the same limitations as all the other identical M1 Macs – 8 GB of RAM standard with a maximum of a mere 16 GB, lacklustre graphics chip, no high refresh rate displays (in 2021!), barely any ports, zero expandability, and Linux/BSD support will always remain problematic and years behind the curve.
Good processor, but at what cost?
I think it still remains to be seen whether it’s a good processor in the desktop space where power limits aren’t nearly as much as a concern. Last I heard Arm doesn’t scale up well, while x86 doesn’t scale down well; so we’ll see if M1 chips are all typical Apple marketing hype once reviewers get their hands on these.
“iMac offers two Thunderbolt ports” – somehow I can already guess that these don’t support egpus.