24-inch iMac with M3 announced: 4.5K Retina display, up to 2x faster CPU, and more

Apple today unveiled the updated 24-inch iMac with M3 chip at “Scary Fast” alongside the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max. Retaining the design of its 2021 predecessor, the new 24-inch iMac offers a larger 4.5K Retina display, an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, a 256GB SSD, and more.

14-inch iMac with M3

Apple unveils updated 24-inch iMac with M3 with same design as 2021 model

“We’re excited to give iMac a big boost in performance with the M3 chip,” said John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. “Millions of users absolutely love iMac for its stunning design and expansive 24-inch, 4.5K Retina display that’s the perfect size to spread out with all their favorite apps and get things done. And now M3 brings even more speed to everything users do, whether multitasking, creating captivating images and videos, working on a business plan, or playing their favorite games. The new iMac with M3 is incredible for anyone, especially those who haven’t yet upgraded from Intel, providing a giant leap in performance and capabilities only possible with Apple silicon.”

M3 chip

The M3 chip, tailored for iMac and MacBooks, is engineered on a 3nm architecture and optimized for power efficiency. Leveraging an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, it promises unparalleled performance, making it up to 2x faster than its M1 predecessor. Notably, it introduces hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing, amplifying the rendering quality and speeding up design and gaming experiences.

M3 chip

Display and connectivity

The new iMac with M3 boasts a 24-inch display with a 4.5K resolution, offering 11.3 million pixels, P3 wide color gamut, over a billion colors, and 500 nits of brightness. This configuration caters to an immersive content creation and consumption experience.

M3 iMac

Moreover, the iMac presents an array of improved connectivity features, including Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, USB Type-C and Thunderbolt ports, Gigabit Ethernet support on select models, and compatibility with up to 6K displays.

macOS Sonoma

The 24-inch iMac with M3, powered by macOS Sonoma, is the optimal all-in-one computer. macOS Sonoma notably offers widgets, updated Safari, and exclusive screen savers. It maximizes the user’s capabilities, offering engaging video conferencing tools and enhancing gaming experiences with Game Mode.

M3 iMac

Pricing and availability

The new iMac with the base M3 configuration is available at $1,299, offering an 8-core CPU, 8GB of unified memory, a 256GB SSD, and two Thunderbolt ports. The enhanced variant with a 10-core GPU, available at $1,499, includes additional USB ports and a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.

These models will be available for order starting today, with sales starting on November 7th, providing users with a wide array of choices based on their requirements.

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