6 ways the new 24-inch M1 iMac still falls frustratingly short
There’s no denying that the new 24-inch M1 iMac is an awesome machine. A tremendous upgrade over the previous generation, it finally injects some much-needed excitement into Apple’s consumer desktop line and sets the stage for what the iMac will be for years to come. But Apple can’t go another decade without making a few meaningful changes to the new model. While we absolutely recommend buying one right now over any other iMac, the new model didn’t quite live up to our admittedly lofty expectations. Here are six ways the 24-inch iMac still falls short:
The M1 chip is just OK
As expected, the new iMac got a dose of Apple silicon, and we have no doubt that it’ll be insanely fast, especially compared to the previous Intel Core i3 model. But while we were hoping for an upgraded system-on-chip with higher RAM allotments and higher speeds, we got the same M1 chip that’s in the MacBooks, right down to the 7-core and 8-core GPU options. That’s probably enough for these iMacs, but Apple is going to need more processing and graphics power, not to mention more memory, with the higher-end iMacs.
The display isn’t adjustable
The M1 iMac’s 4.5K retina display is certainly a great one, with a P3 wide color gamut, 500 nits of brightness, True Tone, and an anti‑reflective coating. It’ll be amazing for watching movies, editing videos, and staring at it for hours on end. The problem we have is with the adjustment. Like the iMacs of old, you can tilt the display to get an optimal viewing angle, but you can’t raise or lower it to match the height of your desk. That was a major limitation of the old iMac—and why it spawned a cottage industry of risers and stands—and we can’t believe Apple did it again.