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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) About Buying an iMac

While most desktop computers aren't constructed for their appearance, the Apple iMac is a meticulously designed all-in-one computer that’s easy on the eyes. It's the go-to choice for creative professionals because it delivers robust processing power, an edge-to-edge visual display, and breathtaking graphics. However, you don't need to be a graphic designer to use the iMac. It's loaded with Apple's innovative everyday desktop computing features that appeal to everyone. Let's answer some common questions about this popular all-in-one desktop.

What are the advantages of an iMac over a traditional desktop?

The conventional desktop setup is usually a monitor at eye level and a large CPU tower hidden away near your feet. The iMac's all-in-one design eliminates the bulky block of a CPU tower and streamlines everything right into one stunningly slim monitor. Apple's thoughtful design, with its round corners and thin display, is appealing to the eye and adds to your room's décor. It also saves you space and energy, using a mere 0.9 watts of electricity in sleep mode.

Are there different types I can choose from? Which one do I need?

The newest iMac comes in a 24-inch size, sporting the same look as the 2021 model that ran on Apple’s M1 chip and became the fastest desktop computer Apple had ever made. The latest iMac carries on with that legacy, available in multiple colours for some extra personalization in whatever workspace you want to put it in. Apple’s own M3 chipset is designed to work more seamlessly with macOS and the rest of the internal components for smoother and faster workflows.

Previous iMacs came in two sizes: the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch, using the same IPS LCD panels with LED backlighting that the current iMac has in its 24-inch frame. Those models differ from the latest iMacs in more than just size because they also run on Intel processors, whereas Apple’s own silicon powers the newer models. Those working with visual design programs, video editing, or hardcore gaming can take full advantage of the impressive efficiencies and graphics-focused architecture built-in to these chipsets. With a considerably thinner body at 11.2mm, the 24-inch iMac and its 4.5K Retina display won’t take up as much room.

What features to consider when buying an iMac?

Each iMac comes with a different level of processing power depending on the price point. The latest iMac is among the first Apple computers to feature the M3 processor, aiming to deliver twice the speed, graphics, rendering and efficiency of the previous M1 iMac. The 3nm (nanometre) technology makes this one of the smallest chips on any machine to date yet won’t sacrifice performance to deliver a consistently reliable experience. It’s the kind of power that proves to be indispensable when working with intensive applications like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, especially when the vibrant Retina display supports over a billion colours and 500 nits of brightness.