Apple has just unveiled its latest desktop computer, the new iMac M3. It’s been a while since the iMac line has seen a refresh, so it’s good to see it updated with the latest M3 chip. You still get that sleek and colourful design that’s unmistakable for an iMac, but you also get to enjoy fast and efficient performance.
Whether you’re a professional, creator, gamer, or casual user, the new iMac M3 has something for everyone.
5 Key Features of the New Apple iMac M3 (2023)
What’s the Price of the New iMac M3 in the UAE?
The new Apple iMac M3 is available in two primary configurations. One comes with an 8-core GPU, and the other has 10 GPU cores. The base model starts from AED 5,499 (US$ 1,299), while the price of the iMac with the 10-core GPU starts at AED 6,339 (US$ 1,499).
You’re not limited to these configurations, though, as you can customize your iMac with more memory and storage.
Apple iMac M3 (2023) Specs
|New Apple iMac M3||Apple iMac M1|
|Processor||M3 (3nm) 8-core CPU with 8 or 10-core GPU||M1 (5nm) 8-core CPU with 7 or 8-core GPU|
|Memory||Up to 24GB of Unified Memory||Up to 16GB of Unified Memory|
|Storage||Up to 2TB SSD||Up to 1TB SSD|
|Display||24-inch 4.5K Retina Display|
HDR10 and Dolby Vision
|2.4-inch 4.5K Retina Display|
|Ports||Up to 4 Thunderbolt Ports|
1 Gigabit Ethernet
|2 or 4 Thunderbolt Ports|
1 Gigabit Ethernet
|Camera||1080p FaceTime HD Camera||720p FaceTime HD Camera|
|Speakers||Six-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio||Six-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio|
|Microphone||3-microphone array||2-microphone array|
|Keyboard||Magic Keyboard with Touch ID||Magic Keyboard|
|Mouse||Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad||Magic Mouse|
|Colours||Green, Pink, Blue, Silver, Yellow, Orange, and Purple||Green, Pink, Blue, Silver, Yellow, Orange, and Purple|
|Dimensions||46.1 x 54.7 x 14.7 cm|
11.5 mm display thickness
|46.1 x 54.7 x 14.7 cm|
11.5 mm display thickness
|Weight||4.43kg or 4.48kg depending on configuration||4.46kg or 4.48kg depending on configuration|
One of the most striking features of the new Apple iMac M3 is its slim and sleek form factor. It only measures 11.5mm in thickness, which is thinner than most laptops. It maintains its sleek and minimalist design that blends in with your home decor. You can place it on your desk, living room, or bedroom without taking up a lot of space.
Since the iMacs are all about personality, the new ones come in seven vibrant colours, adding style to your workspace. You can choose from green, pink, blue, silver, yellow, orange, and purple, depending on your colour preferences.
The colours are not isolated to the back of the iMac M3 but also to the stand and the screen bezels, creating a seamless and harmonious look.
If you’ve been following Apple hardware for some time, you know one of their trademarks is their Retina displays. The new iMac M3 features a brilliant 4.5K one that delivers stunning visuals and vivid colours.
The display has a resolution of 4480 x 2520 pixels and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, enhancing the contrast and brightness of the display for a more realistic viewing experience.
Since most iMac users are creative professionals, it helps that the display comes with impeccable colour accuracy, covering 99% of the P3 colour gamut. It lets you see every detail of your photos, videos, or graphics.
Of all the features on the iMac, performance is where it shines the most, thanks to the brand-new M3 Apple Silicon. It has 8 CPU cores and up to 10 GPU cores for tasks like browsing, editing, gaming, and more.
On top of these processing cores, there’s a 16-core Neural Engine for advanced AI and machine learning like face recognition, voice control, and image processing.
Apart from the processing gains, the new iMac also has up to 24GB of unified memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage, giving you flexibility on which one to get depending on your workflow.
Cameras and Microphones
Regarding its other hardware, the new iMac M3 does not hold back, especially with the updated 1080p FaceTime HD camera that captures clear video calls. It also has a studio-quality microphone that reduces background noise and enhances your voice for a better video conferencing experience.
Additionally, it’s also a content consumption machine with a six-speaker sound that delivers immersive and rich sound quality. It supports Dolby Atmos, creating a three-dimensional sound field for that surround experience.
The iMac M3 has four Thunderbolt ports that support DisplayPort and power delivery. It allows you to plug up to two external displays or other devices with ease. These ports also have a high bandwidth of up to 40Gbps for quick data transfers for all your large files.
There’s an Ethernet port on the new iMac, which supports gigabit speeds, providing a fast and reliable internet connection. It allows you to plug your iMac into your router with a cable and enjoy a stable and secure connection.
As for wireless connectivity, the iMac M3 supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.0 for faster connections. Bluetooth, on the other hand, enables low-energy and long-range wireless between your Mac and other devices.
Software and Ecosystem
If you’re an iPhone user or embedded in the Apple ecosystem, an advantage the iMac offers is seamless access. The integration between your iMac, iPhone, and other Apple devices is impeccable.
You can access your iPhone on your iMac with Continuity, allowing you to make or receive calls, send or receive messages, browse the web, or use other apps. You’ll also enjoy Universal Clipboard, where you can copy text on your iPhone and paste it on your iMac.
Transferring files is also a breeze with AirDrop.
Should You Buy the New iMac M3?
The M1 iMacs offered a significant design change and a performance bump compared to its Intel counterparts. The M3-equipped iMacs do offer a 40% to 60% performance boost. However, for most use cases, like browsing the web, writing up emails, and video conferencing, you won’t necessarily feel the speed gains.
If you’re still using an Intel iMac, getting the M3 version is going to be the best decision you’re going to make. If you have the previous M1 iMac, unless you’re maxing out the chip with many creative workloads, you should stick to it.
The downside to these new iMacs, though, is that they don’t come with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips for power users. For that, you’ll have to look into the new MacBook Pros to see which ones should cover your needs.
For iMacs, though, we’ll have to wait if these powerful chips become available in a future iMac Pro.
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