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The New Apple iMac (2023) Gets a Big Upgrade with the M3 Chip: The Design Remains the Same, the Improvements Are Inside

Apple has introduced the all-new Apple iMac (2023) with the M3 Chip for amazing performance. At the Apple Event early Tuesday morning in Spain (Monday afternoon in Cupertino), Apple introduced new processors, the Apple Silicon M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max, as well as new computers, the updated 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and the refreshed iMac. Here are the highlights of this latest equipment.

As we mentioned a week ago, Apple had gone over 900 days without updating the iMac. That iconic brand computer had remained unchanged since April 2021, the day it debuted with a refreshed design, featuring a variety of vibrant colors and the M1 processors, which marked a revolution for Cupertino.

Technical Specifications of the New 24-inch iMac M3

Component Specifications
Resolution Retina 4.5K 24-inch
4,480 x 2,520 pixels (218 ppi)
Brightness 500 nits
Features High color gamut, True Tone
Chip Apple M3 (8-core CPU)
GPU 8 cores / 10 cores (depending on model)
RAM 8 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB (depending on model)
Capacity 256 GB, 512 GB (depending on model)
Expandable Up to 2 TB (depending on model)
FaceTime HD 1080p
Speakers Six high-fidelity speakers
Force-canceling woofers
Audio Support Dolby Atmos
Microphones Three studio-quality microphones
Support “Hey Siri”
Connection Ports
USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) 2
Headphone jack 1
Gigabit Ethernet Depending on model
USB-C (USB 3) Depending on model
Keyboard Magic Keyboard
Keyboard with Touch ID Magic Keyboard with Touch ID (depending on model)
Mouse Magic Mouse
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.3
Operating system
Version macOS Sonoma
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (with stand) 547 x 461 x 147 mm
Weight 4.46 / 4.48 kg (depending on model)
Power Adapter
Power 143 W
Gigabit Ethernet Port Depending on model
Price From $1,719

New iMac Makes an (Expected) Leap in Performance

After much anticipation, Apple’s colorful 24-inch computer finally gets an upgrade. The changes are not on the outside but entirely inside. As expected, it adopts the new Apple Silicon M3 processor, which, although it is the least ambitious version, promises great performance.

As we mentioned earlier in this event, the possibility of seeing an iMac Pro, that is, a proposal with this form factor aimed at much more demanding users, has been completely ruled out. In any case, the M3 iMac presented this morning promises to be up to twice as fast as the previous one.

When buying the computer, we can choose between an M3 Chip with 8 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores, or one with 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores. As for unified memory, the base is 8 GB, but we can also upgrade it at the time of purchase (not later) to 16 or 24 GB.

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The biggest change, however, will be noticed by those who switch from the old iMacs with Intel processors to these new generation ARM architecture ones. Beyond this, it’s worth noting that the computer retains the excellent 24-inch 4.5K Retina display, ideal for consuming content and performing all kinds of tasks.

This means we still have a resolution of 4,480 x 2,520 pixels (218 ppi) – 11 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, high color gamut, and True Tone. There are no changes regarding the integrated camera. It remains HD with a resolution of 1080p, and we also don’t have Face ID, a technology that was discarded some time ago.

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In the absence of Face ID, we have to use the Touch ID keyboard to log in, view certain confidential information, and make payments. In terms of audio, Cupertino sticks with the same setup: six speakers with force-canceling in the woofers, Spatial Audio, and “studio-quality microphones” compatible with “Hey Siri”.

What sets this computer apart from any other All-In-One is its operating system. The device will be powered by macOS Sonoma, which means we can make the most of all the innovations coming from iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and the entire Cupertino company ecosystem.

Price and Availability of the New 24-inch iMac M3

The new 24-inch iMac M3 can now be pre-ordered online in the App Store, as well as in physical stores in Spain. Shipments will begin on Tuesday, November 7th.

iMac M3 with 8-core GPU, 8 GB of unified memory, and 256 GB of SSD storage: starting from $1,719.

iMac M3 with 10-core GPU, 8 GB of unified memory, and 256 GB of SSD storage: starting from $1,960.

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