The M1-powered 24in iMac made its debut at Apple's April 2021 Spring Loaded event alongside a new iPad Pro that also makes use of the M1.
As a throwback to older generations of iMac, the devices ship in an assortment of colours; but unlike the past iterations, the 4.5K Retina display is totally flat, with slimmer bezels, a smaller chin, and just 11.5mm thick.
That new slimmed-down, chiselled look is mainly down to the M1 chip's SoC architecture. The M1 also boosts performance by up to 85%, with up to double the GPU speed, making demanding tasks such as 4K video editing on multiple streams without dropped frames in Final Cut Pro possible.
The latest 24in iMac also features a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality microphones, and a six-speaker set up with added Dolby Atmos support. If you want to learn more about the specs and features on the M1 iMacs see this handy article.
We've also reviewed the M1 iMac, where it received 4.5/5 stars and a Tech Advisor Recommended badge.
We're tracking all the places you can buy the new iMac right here, along with our selection of the best deals available right now.
We're separately looking at where to buy the new MacBook Pro laptops with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips if you want something portable.
How much does the 24in iMac with M1 cost?
The new iMacs with M1 start at £1,249/$1,299/AUD$1,899. Here's the full pricing and colour range:
- 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,249/$1,299/AUD$1,899 - available in green, pink, blue and silver
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,199 - available in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD - £1,649/$1,699/AUD$2,499 - available in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple
Where to buy 24in iMac with M1 (2021) - best deals
While the 24in iMac was hard to come by for a while, stock has returned to most retailers this April - and some are even offering discounts on Apple's latest all-in-one desktop.
The best UK deals can be found at Argos, with the company offering an impressive £350 off the mid-range model, bringing it down to just £1,099 - cheaper than the entry-level model. Other retailers like Amazon and Currys are offering £100 off the entry-level 24in iMac.
Those in the US are tempted to a $50 saving on the entire range at Amazon, or $100 off the entry-level model at B&H Photo Video.
We've listed everywhere you can buy the 24in iMac in the UK, along with any deals we've found:
- Argos - from £1,099, £350 off 8-core model
- Amazon - from £1,149, £100 off
- AO - from £1,149, £100 off
- Box - from £1,235.59 - £13 off entry-level model
- BT Shop - from £1,162.23, £86.77 off entry-level model
- Currys - from £1,149, £100 off
- John Lewis - from £1,149, £100 off with a two-year warranty
- KRCS - from £1,186.55, £62 off entry-level model but 3-6 weeks for delivery
- Very - from £1,149 - £100 off entry-level model, £119 off top-end model
- Apple - from £1,249
- Scan - from £1,249
If you're based in the US, head to the following:
- Amazon - from $1,249, $50 off
- Apple Refurb Store - from $1,269, $20 off entry-level, $230 off mid-range model and $260 off top-end model but out of stock
- B&H Photo Video - from $1,199, $100 off
- Apple - from $1,299
- Best Buy - from $1,299
We're also tracking the price of the 24in iMac with M1 at various retailers in realtime, which you can find below:
iMac with M1 (8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB storage)
iMac with M1 (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB storage)
iMac with M1 (8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB storage)
Where can I buy a refurbished 24in iMac with M1?
If you don't mind a refurbished model, Apple itself is offering hefty discounts on the 24in iMac in the US. It's offering a $260 discount on the top-end 24in iMac with 8-core CPU and GPU and 512GB of storage, bringing it down to a more tempting $1,439 - cheaper than buying the mid-range variant.
Speaking of, Apple has also knocked $230 off the price of the mid-range 24in iMac with 8-core CPU and GPU and 256GB bringing it down to $1,269. That makes it cheaper than a brand-new entry-level model, which costs $1,299.
With that said, the $20 discount on the entry-level model means it's worth opting for the mid-range model instead. You'll get more bang for your buck in the processor department, that's for sure.
It's worth pointing out that Apple's refurb process is top-notch, with some refurb products near-identical to that of brand new models - albeit without the original packaging. If you're tempted, you can browse the range in the US right now, and we're hopeful that it'll appear in the UK refurb store soon.
Educational Pricing on 24in iMac with M1
Apple is also offering educational pricing with up to £195 off. The first two configurations will be reduced as follows:
- 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,249/$1,299/AUD$1,899 - Student price: £1,124 (£125 off)
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,199 - Student price: £1,304 (£195 off)