Back in the beginning of 2021, I was having problems with my MacBook Air. It would randomly restart, and shut itself down. Obviously to get it repaired, I would have needed to take it to Apple, and they will need it for a few days. That would have been a few days that I would not have a computer. So I saved up, and eventually bought the Apple iMac 2021 PC. I received the system back in July 16, 2021
The PC has the Apple M1 SOC with 16GB of memory, and a 2TB SSF module. There is also 2 Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports as well as an additional 2 USB 4 ports. The display is actually 23.5″, but the system name is rounded to 24″. There is a 1GBPS NIC built into the PSU and there is support for Wifi, and Bluetooth. The color chosen is Silver, and there is a 720p webcam on the top center bezel. This along with a 3 year warranty cost about $3,100 which explains why it took a while to save for the system.
There are a number of things that is good. First, 23.5″ is the largest monitor I had. It allows me to have multiple windows open, and can do a lot of things while still focusing on one task. For example, I will have my email client open with one box being the email I am replying to, while the other box is the email I’m composing. Using Safari is much more efficient with the larger screen. Next, is the configuration I decided on. With me having multiple gigabytes of music, and will only be increasing – the 2TB drive will suffice for the life of my computer. Another thing is the light weight. Now, I am not moving my computer around, but I have a cheap corner desk where having a very heavy system will probably create creaks and squeaks with the dest. With the light weight 10lbs (4.54kg) system, I don’t have to worry about that.
There are some things that I don’t like about it. For one, all of the apps I am using doesn’t yet support the M1 chip. For example, FileZilla Pro (FTP Client) still uses the x86 architecture which requires Apple’s Rosetta to be installed, and running. You would figure that Apple would have at least worked with a programmer to make sure the apps sold in their App Store will support the M1 chip. I also had a couple of times where the bluetooth keyboard hiccuped and had to be turned off and on to get it working again. This is not as big of an issue as it sounds as this only happened a few times, but a keyboard is integral to using the computer. Another issue is the price. While I did maxed the configuration out, Apple is charging a lot for the “Unified Memory” (ram on the chip), and storage which would definitely be a discouragement from people I know that are low income, and may otherwise want a Mac. As mentioned, it took me months to save, and that is considering I otherwise live frugally.
All in all, I really like this system, and it has become my primary computer. I would still use the MacBook Air, but only when I am not home, and feel the need to use a computer. With me having a choice, I have been choosing the iMac every time. Needless to say, my thoughts on it is mostly positive.