The right Mac for most people

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It can be difficult to predict how something will hold up once the shine of the new has worn off. Apple’s old iMac was a tried-and-true design: I waited to review this wholesale reinvention, to see if the iMac 24 and Apple Silicon could live up to that legacy even once the smell of ” fresh box” faded after several months. The good news is that yes, it really is.

There are definitely people for whom the latest iMac just won’t do. Those on a big budget, for example, or those looking for more performance for video, audio, and image editing. That doesn’t mean the iMac 24 can’t do them, just that your workflow will be more constrained than it would be with, say, a Mac Studio. If your kids are just making iMovie projects for a school class, you’ll be fine.

Apple’s promises for its internal chip design were impressive, and it’s equally impressive how well the iMac 24 delivers on those promises. At the same time, I’m also excited to see how Apple’s history of providing a long line of software upgrades for its iOS and iPadOS models translates to Apple Silicon Macs as well. It’s a little easier to be willing to pay $1,500 for an iMac if you also buy years of macOS updates.

It’s that feeling of buying not just a computer but a complete package that stands out here. Apple’s iMac 24 isn’t cheap, and it isn’t perfect, but it’s elegantly cohesive in a way that rival Windows PCs can’t quite match. Although more powerful versions from Apple Silicon are on the way, there’s a lot to be said for today’s iMac experience that simply works.

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