Some new iMac colors are locked behind costlier configurations

So, you need that cool new iMac with an M1 chip in it? And you need it in yellow (the superior color)? Well, it’ll price you just a little extra.

As with many tech merchandise — and particularly Apple merchandise — there are a number of cool color variants, a few of that are reserved for sure configurations of the gadget. Is it a tactic to get folks to spend extra simply to get a cool color? Absolutely. Does it suck that Apple did it? Yup.

But the iMac scenario is just a little bit worse as a result of some colors can be found on some configs, however not all, which might make it a tad troublesome to get the one you need. So, we’ve compiled an inventory of the obtainable colors and what you’ll should pay to get them.

Apple M1 iMac configuration options

Base-level iMac

The base-level 2021 iMac consists of Apple’s M1 chip with an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU. It additionally incorporates a 256GB SSD, 8GB of “unified memory” (RAM) and two Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 ports. It comes with a Magic Keyboard as properly, however the keyboard doesn’t have Touch ID.

More importantly, listed here are the color choices for the bottom iMac: Blue, Green, Pink and Silver.

Cost: $1,599

Mid-level iMac

If you step as much as the center iMac on Apple’s web site, you get just a few small bonuses. Again, there’s the M1 chip, however this time round with an 8-core CPU and GPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, two Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 ports and two USB 3 ports. Plus, this mannequin consists of the gigabit ethernet port within the energy adapter and consists of the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.

The mid-level iMac provides two color choices, however oddly drops Green from the lineup. Colours embrace: Blue, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, Purple.

Cost: $1,849 ($250 greater than the base-level)

Top-level iMac

Finally, the higher finish of the brand new iMac configs consists of the identical M1 chip because the mid-level config (8-core CPU and GPU), 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, identical ports, gigabit ethernet and the Touch ID Magic Keyboard. Other than doubling the storage quantity, there isn’t an entire lot extra the top-level iMac provides.

Colours: Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange, Purple

Cost: $2,099 ($250 greater than mid-level, $500 greater than base-level)

So in brief, Yellow, Orange and Purple are the one pay-walled colors, and it’ll price an additional $250 to get them. But, that mentioned, the mid-level iMac looks as if the very best provide throughout with the one actual distinction between it and the top-level config being the additional SSD house and the Green color (which is simply obtainable on the base-level and top-level configs, not the mid-level).

It’s additionally price contemplating that Apple likes to point out three configs on its web site, and provide additional customization choices as soon as you choose a mannequin. This will doubtless be the case as soon as the iMacs grow to be obtainable to order on the finish of April — Apple says the brand new iMac can have as much as 16GB of RAM, however not one of the at present listed fashions have that. Instead, you’ll doubtless want to pick that choice after choosing a beginning configuration, and pay additional for it besides.

All mentioned, in the event you’re occupied with getting an iMac, you’ll in all probability wish to begin with the mid-level config and add additional RAM and storage as wanted, with the exception being for many who need a Green iMac.

You can view all the small print on Apple’s iMacs right here.

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Written by Gideon


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