The 24-inch iMac was designed with some help from renowned designer Jony Ive, though it is unclear if this was done after his departure from Apple.
Apple's dramatic revamp of the iMac for the 24-inch M1-powered variant is a noticeable departure from the well-known Mac's regular look. However, it appears that former Apple chief design officer Jony Ive assisted in the designing of this latest model.
Wired stated in their review of the iMac that Ive was involved in the product's design. If the design work began in or before 2019, it is possible that Ive was still employed by Apple directly at the time of its conception due to the lengthy process of hardware design.
According to the report, Apple stated Ive worked on it, but he wouldn't specify whether it was before or after his departure.
Ive left Apple in late 2019, and in 2020, he founded LoveFrom, a design studio. After its launch, Apple became LoveFrom's first client, albeit the nature of the relationship between the design business and Apple is unknown.
Apple isn't the only company that LoveFrom works with. Airbnb recruited the business as a design consultant for next-generation "products and services" in October.
The M1 processor's power and efficiency are demonstrated in the 24-inch iMac. Apple was able to downsize the iMac's hefty chassis to an 11.5mm thin metal slab with whisper-silent fans. The 4.5K display with a narrow bezel and bright design will make your workstation pop with Apple's new aesthetic.
- Thin design with low bezels
- Seven color variations
- M1 CPU built-in
- Spatial Audio 24-inch
- 4.5K Retina Display
- Starting price of $1,299
The iMac's external appearance had not altered much in 13 years, with the only visible changes being changes to the screen size or aspect ratio. With a new sleek and bright lineup, the new 24-inch iMac breaks the cycle.
The new iMac replaces the 21.5-inch iMac 4K, which Intel processors powered. A few models of the original iMac are still available for legacy users and school sectors searching for inexpensive entry pricing.
During the 2020 WWDC, Apple revealed that it would migrate the entire Mac portfolio to Apple Silicon in two years. Only Apple's usage of the M1 CPU allowed for the design alterations for the new iMac.