Which M1 Mac Should You Get: A 24-inch iMac or a 13-inch MacBook Air?

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Have you been thinking of a glossy upgrade since then? Apple’s Spring Loaded eventAre you wondering whether a 13-inch MacBook Air or a 24-inch iMac is right for you? After all, for years we’ve called the old Intel-powered small iMac a “MacBook on the stand.” Both were entry-level devices that cut functionality, and sometimes the processor was slow. You can imagine that the telecommuting type is trying to decide whether to invest in a large-screen desktop or a small-screen portable when the world’s coffee shops and coworking spaces reopen.

It’s the same M1 processor
We’re in a weird situation where almost every Mac computer (and the new iPad Pro) now has the same M1 processor. There are some variations where the 8-core central processor is paired with the core of the 7 or 8 graphics processor, but there are others, the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and the new 24-inch. The iMac is basically the same computer brain.

In front of us Benchmark test for Air, Pro and Mini Indicates that the performance difference between the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (13-inch), and Mac Mini is minimal. I haven’t tested the new 24-inch iMac yet, but it looks like it will line up well with other M1 systems.

Determining which new Mac to buy can be difficult, especially if you are accustomed to assessing processor speed as one of the main determinants of a new purchase. (If you’re not ready to abandon the Intel world, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 27-inch iMac, and a throwback 21.5-inch iMac (still available, but I don’t know how long) will have an Intel CPU. I will do it.)

I recently Investigate the difference between the new iPad Pro and iMac, And at least there, it deals with two completely different operating systems. But I also warned about the singularity of the final Apple device, which makes little difference between tablets, phones and computers.

read more: MacBook Air M1 Review: Major Changes from Apple Silicone and Big Sur

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The difference is in (finer) details
Yes, one is an all-in-desktop and the other is a laptop. And the iMac starts at an additional $ 300 with the same CPU, RAM, and storage. Once you get over it, the most important difference iMac’s new webcamThis is similar to last year’s 27-inch iMac 1080p (or Full HD) camera, with only two current Macs equipped with a Full HD camera. On the 27-inch iMac, I loved this camera and it was much better than all MacBook 720p cameras. These MacBook webcams aren’t considered the best pre-COVID, and they’re even worse off because many people spend a lot of time on video conferencing.

According to Apple, the 24-inch iMac camera is actually even newer hardware than the 27-inch iMac camera, and the M1-optimized camera software provides better lighting, color temperature, and exposure. You can control it. As you can see, it has already been sold with 1080p cameras since last year. read more: Apple iMac Review: 27-inch Home-Working Beast with Killer Webcam

The iMac also has larger and larger speakers and a larger high-definition display (which, according to Apple, is also brighter). The MacBook Air, on the other hand, now includes Touch ID built directly into the keyboard. On iMacs, you’ll need to replace your $ 1,299 model with a $ 1,499 model or add it as an upgrade to your $ 1,299 build to get a keyboard with Touch ID. There is still an additional charge. Touch ID keyboards (yes, in corresponding colors) cannot be purchased separately, at least initially.

Using the new iMac as a benchmark gives you a much better picture of its performance and comparison compared to the MacBook Air. In the meantime, the graph below summarizes how similar and different they are.

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