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. Customers can now buy the new iMacs from various retailers.
Here, we're going through where to buy the M1 iMacs, how much they cost and where to get the best deal.
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%.
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.
Where to buy the 24in iMac with M1 (2021) - Best deals and discounts
Apple's 24in iMac is actually sold out almost everywhere as of mid-June. You can still buy the new M1 iMac directly from Apple of course, but delivery is currently listed at three to four weeks. Many resellers are also listing the 24in iMac as out of stock, although a few resellers do have some of the entry-level units available. Read: Apple's 24in iMac sold out almost everywhere.
The good news is, that once stock returns you can expect to get the M1 iMac at a cheaper price from some retailers.
KRCS has the biggest discounts across the board right now, although delivery is currently around five weeks. We've highlighted some below:
- £62.45 off 8-core CPU/7-core GPU, 256GB storage
- £72.45 off 8-core CPU/7-core GPU, 512GB storage
- £82.45 off 8-core CPU/7-core GPU, 1TB storage
- £72.45 off 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, 256GB storage
- £82.45 off 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, 512GB storage
- £92.45 off 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, 1TB storage
- £112 off 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, 2TB storage
Amazon has money off the new 24in M1 iMac, but some models aren't in stock. You can get £119 off the 512GB iMac (8-core CPU/8-core GPU), however. There's also £49 off the 8-core CPU/7-core GPU option with 256GB storage, but it's temporarily out of stock though Laptops Direct has the same offer on that model.
Currys doesn't have money off the 24in iMacs, but 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.
Currys also has an offer that includes 50% off Microsoft 365 Family (1 year, 6 users) or Personal (1 year, 1 user) with code M365HPAPPLE.
- 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (in blue, green, silver, and pink)
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (in blue, green, silver, and pink)
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (in blue, green, silver, and pink)
Stock has returned to John Lewis but you won't find a discount on the price. Instead, you'll get a 2-year guarantee for free for peace of mind along with free standard delivery. John Lewis is also throwing in an extra 3 months of Microsoft 365 Personal or Family with purchase and £25 off Norton 360 Premium with code 25NORTON.
- 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB - in stock
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB - in stock
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB - in stock
AO only has the 8-core CPU/8-core CPU option with 512GB storage in stock. While it's not offering money off the device, you can get an extra 3 months of Microsoft 365 Family or Personal (worth £59) with purchase when you add both to the cart.
Very has limited stock of the 24in iMac with M1. Currently, you'll only find the 8-core CPU/8-core GPU options in pink and silver.
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (pink) - in stock - free delivery with Click and Collect, standard delivery within 1 working day
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (silver) - in stock - free delivery with Click and Collect, standard delivery within 1 working day
Argos only has the 8-Core CPU options in stock in silver:
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:
- B&H Photo Video - Save up to $100 on Adobe Creative Cloud bundle
- Best Buy - Additional offers: 15-month Microsoft 365, $10 off Malwarebytes, $20 off Adobe Acrobat, 15% off keyboard & more
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/$1,499/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
8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB SSD
8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB SSD
M1 iMac discounts at Apple Back to School Sale
If you qualify for educational pricing, don't forget Apple launched its Back to School Sale in the US and Canada on 17 June. The event lasts until 27 September and includes a free pair of AirPods with any Mac purchase, including the M1 iMacs. See our full coverage of the Apple Back to School Sale.
With the launch of the new iMac, you can expect huge discounts on the previous model. 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.