One of many exciting announcements Apple made at its 20 April Spring Loaded event was a new 24in iMac loaded with the M1 chip, available in up to seven different colours. 

The bad news is, it's difficult to get hold of Apple's latest iMac – you'll need to know where to look and thankfully, we're starting to see stock slowly return! Here, we're going through where to buy the M1 iMacs, how much they cost, and where to get the best deal.

Plus, with Black Friday drawing near we're expecting to see excellent deals roll in this month. We might still be in October, but if the past years have taught us anything it's that Black Friday deals now arrive earlier and earlier in the year.

Without further ado, here's where to buy the 24in M1 iMacs and at the best price in the UK and US. 

What's new in the 24in iMac with M1?

The M1 iMac features a 4.5K Retina display with slimmer bezels and a smaller 'chin', and the display itself is only 11.5mm thin. The back of the new iMac will be completely flat as well, as Apple does away with the curve we've seen on the back of previous iMacs. Apple credits the lither form to the M1 chip's SoC architecture, which should also boost CPU performance by 85%.

See our full review of the 24in iMac (2021) M1.

In addition to faster performance, Apple promises up to two times faster GPU performance, allowing feats such as editing multiple streams of 4K footage, or one stream of 8K footage without dropped frames in Final Cut Pro. 

The upgraded iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with studio-quality mics and a six-speaker set-up, making the machine suitable as a standalone entertainment device for watching films, especially with Dolby Atmos support. If you want to get into the full specs and features of Apple's latest iMac see our dedicated coverage.

All New 24in iMac with M1

M1 iMac student discounts - Educational Pricing

Don't forget, if you're a student or teacher in higher education you can benefit from Apple's Educational pricing even though Apple's Back to School sale has ended in both the UK and US. See our full guide to Apple Education pricing.

Authorised Mac seller KRCS also offer student pricing on iMacs with prices starting at £843.62 for the 8-Core CPU/7-Core GPU model which is a saving of £405.

With the launch of the M1 iMac, you can expect huge discounts on previous models too. See the best iMac deals of the month right here.

Apple also released new iPad Pro tablets with the M1 chip alongside the M1 iMacs (which also qualifies for educational pricing and the Back to School sale AirPods offer) – we're separately looking at where to buy the new iPad Pro here. If you missed Apple's Spring Loaded event, watch it again right here.

Where to buy the 24in iMac with M1 (2021) - Best deals and discounts

While Apple is the most obvious place to buy the M1 iMac delivery is currently listed at three to four weeks - but it might be your best bet as it's sold out almost everywhere.

Here are other retailers to check for deals and availability on the new M1 iMac: 

BT Shop - £97 off

It's worth checking out discounts over at BT Shop. Like KRCS (below), you won't find all models in stock, but be sure to sign up for notifications for the model you're after so you're alerted as soon as stock returns.

These models are currently in stock and you can save nearly £100:

Box

Box is one of the few retailers with available stock. Currently, you can find the following models:

Orders include free standard delivery or express delivery for £4.95.

John Lewis

Stock has returned to John Lewis too, though the top-end models are restricted to blue and pink stock only.

The 256GB 8-Core GPU/8-Core CPU option is in stock as well. Current offers includes £25 off Norton 360 Premium with code 25NORTON.

Amazon

Amazon has up to £66.90 off 24in M1 iMac, but the bad news is most models are temporarily out of stock. You can still buy the devices however, but you'll need to wait for Amazon to confirm a delivery date. There's also £10 off the 256GB option (8-Core CPU/8-Core GPU)

We'd recommend checking back frequently for any changes.

Currys

Currys only has the 512GB options in stock but you can sign up to get stock updates on the 256GB option if that's the variant you prefer.

You can get free next-day delivery (with code FREENEXTDAYDELIVERY), along with up to 5 months of Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Apple News+ if you're a new or returning customer.

Finally, customers could also save £20 on Microsoft 365 Family (1 year, 6 users) or Personal (1 year, 1 user) with code M365SAVE20. The offer also includes 3 extra months for free.

Laptops Direct

Laptops Direct is currently out of stock, though we have previously seen £54 off the 8-Core CPU/7-Core GPU M1 iMac with 256GB storage in pink. Pick it up for £1194.97 (usually £1249)

Jacamo

While the entry-level M1 was available from Jacamo with standard delivery in 3 working days last month, it's currently out of stock.

JD Williams

Like Jacamo, the entry-level M1 iMac is also out of stock at JD Williams.

Very 

Very is also out of stock at the moment. In the week of 6 September, it offered the M1 iMac with an 8-core CPU/7-core GPU (16GB RAM/256GB storage, in silver) for £1497, which is £50 more than Apple's price. We'll update this article if that offer returns.

KRCS

KRCS has some of the biggest discounts across the board right now (and even bigger discounts for students), although stock isn't very reliable. We've highlighted all existing discounts below – pick if up if you do see the model you want in stock as it won't be around for too long!

AO

No surprise here, AO is out of stock on nearly all models except the top-end 512GB option. There isn't a discount but you can save 50% on Microsoft 365.

Argos

Argos has limited stock, which means you may need to travel to a store to pick up the device.

Where to buy 24in iMac in the US

Apart from going directly to Apple, US customers can find the M1 iMacs at the following retailers:

  • Amazon
  • B&H Photo Video - Save up to $200 on Adobe Creative Cloud bundle
  • Best Buy - Additional offers: 15-month Microsoft 365, $20 off NordVPN, $10 off Malwarebytes, $20 off Adobe Acrobat, 15% off keyboard & more
  • Walmart

Refurbished M1 iMac deals - Save £310/$230

Although it has been less than six months since the M1 iMac's release, Apple had started selling certified refurbished stock as of 19 August in both the UK and US, saving customers up to 15% on an iMac that's practically indistinguishable from new.

Unfortunately, both UK and US stock have sold out already but we'd highly recommend checking the storefront often. We'll update this article when we see any offers too!

For reference, these were the US prices for the refurbished iMacs with M1

Head to the Apple Refurbished Store US to see it's current offers.

In the UK, Apple had slashed up to £310, which dropped prices as follows:

We've also seen Laptops Direct sell refurbished M1 iMacs, though it's no longer in stock.

See our dedicated guides to buying a refurbished iMac and MacBook.

How much does the 24in iMac with M1 (2021) cost?

The new iMac devices with the M1 chip are available in three configurations with prices (and colours) as follows:

  • 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,249/$1,299/AUD$1,899 in green, pink, blue and silver
  • 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD - £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,199 in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple
  • 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD - £1,649/$1,649/AUD$2,499 in green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple

Educational pricing reduces prices on the first two configurations to £1,124 (£125 off) and £1,304 (£195 off), respectively. See our full guide to the Apple Education Store.

We're also comparing prices across top retailers below:

8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB SSD

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD

Retailer Price Delivery  

Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

Should I wait for Black Friday for M1 iMac deals?

Black Friday arrives on Friday 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November, which leads to the question: should you wait until then for a better deal?

Yes, and no. If you urgently want the 24in M1 iMac ahead of Christmas and you see a stellar discount today, it's easy: pick it up. If you have the luxury of waiting until November however, it may pay off. There's no need to wait for 26 November itself, of course. In the past, the biggest and best Black Friday deals were typically reserved for the big day, but now Black Friday deals appear all through November and sometimes, as early as October.

If you see dramatic Black Friday iPad discounts before 26 November, just go for it! Some retailers that hold pre-Black Fridays sales also promise that prices won't go any lower on Black Friday itself and offer to refund customers back the difference if it does.

See the best Apple deals across the web today.