Searching for the best iMac sales can be tricky, as there are different models offering different features, and various retailers around the world with various amounts of stock available. Add to that, Apple products do well to retain their price over time, and you'd be forgiven to think that iMac deals are not worth seeking out. Well, that's where this constantly updating page comes in!
Lower down on this page we automatically pull in the best iMac prices on the best iMac sales as they go live. With the April 2021 release of the M1-chipped iMac, demand for the sleek PC is as strong as ever, but it has also meant that the asking price for the older iMac has seen some tasty reductions. Even with the newest of the iMacs, we've seen the price drop down now and again, but certainly not as much as the 2020 model.
So what constitutes a good iMac sale, and what Apple iMac should you be looking to get? Below you're find the most relevant details on the most relevant iMac options, alongside the very best iMac sales currently available. Then, if you scroll even further down, we've put together a more detailed outline of which iMac might suit your needs better, alongside more in-depth specs, including price points, for each model.
The best iMac sales right now
iMac 24-inch (M1, 2021)
The latest iMac is this M1-chipped computer, and as with so many of the Apple products that received the Apple-made M1 chip, we were impressed by its speed – to quote Apple, it gives a '3.5 times better performance than competing CPUs'. And that's not to mention this iMac's beautifully sleek look.
There are two iterations announced – both coming with a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display, an 8-core CPU, up to 16GB RAM. The base model comes with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, and 1TB storage, and will set you back $1,299/£1,249 when sold at retail price. The next model offers two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and two USB 3 ports and up to 2TB storage, and starts at $1,499/£1,449. So, in this price context, what would constitute a good iMac deal on either?
We've recently seen the entry level M1 iMac sold with a $20 price reduction, and the best deal we've ever seen on it was a reduction by $70, to just $1,229, in March 2022 over at Amazon. For the UK, the lowest we've seen the price drop down to was £1,129, offering a saving of £100, also over at Amazon.
iMac 27-inch (2020)
This 2020 version of the 27-inch iMac is a beast. Not only taking in to account the large 27-inch 5K display, but with 2020's upgrade options, you can get it with 8TB of storage, as well as nice upgrades to the mics and webcams.
The design of the 27-inch hadn't changed from previous iterations, so if cutting edge design is also top of your checklist, the above 2021 M1 24-inch iMac would be for you. But this is a powerhouse, ideal for digital creatives whether video editors or graphic designers. Also, with the release of the M1 iMac, prices of the 27-inch version have come down a bit.
The 27-inch iMac retailed at $1,799/£1,799 on its 2020 release, and that got you a six-core, 10th Gen Intel Core i5, with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 memory. The mid-range model came with 512GB SSD storage and a Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, and sold for $1,999/£1,999. The highest range model offered an eight-core i7 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5500 XT, and that was for $2,299/£2,299. We've seen up to $200/£200 off each and every iteration over the last two years.
iMac 21.5-inch (2020)
With the release of the new M1 24-inch iMac at a starting price of $1,299/£1,249, getting the 21.5-inch iMac, which is basically based on the 2017 model, at a price of $1,099/£1,099, doesn't make a whole lot of sense. However, there were some good 2020 upgrades, including a standard SSD instead of traditional hard drive.
But it doesn't change the fact that many of the components remain from 2017. So what does the 21.5-inch have to offer, and who is it aimed at? This iMac has plenty to offer if you don't need the cutting edge technology, and if you're willing to scout around for a great cheap iMac deal. It is certainly a great buy if you're willing to get a guaranteed, refurbished model, which can go for as low as the $700 mark. It's a good, solid iMac, but if you're willing to pay a bit more, the M1 iMac is staring you right in the eye.
Which iMac should I get in 2022?
As of 2022, you can only buy the latest iMac M1 (2021) from Apple's website, and although you'll be able to find more online, which means potentially more deals on the other models (which are still available through many leading retailers). There's way more to an iMac than the size of its screen and its price tag, but that's a pretty good place to start when comparing the affordable three iMacs detailed above. It's also revealing regarding which iMac sale you might be better off avoiding.
The entry level iteration of the new M1 iMac has a 24-inch, 4.5K Retina display, and 8-core at $1,299/£1,249.
The larger of the last year's iMacs offers a 27-inch 5K Retina display and (up to) 10-core Intel i9 processor at $1,799/£1,799.
The last iMac is the 21.5-inch, which doesn't even offer 4K, and comes with 2-core Intel i5 processor, at $1,099/£1,099.
Just looking at these base specs, and not mentioning ports, RAM and storage, you can get the new entry-level M1 iMac (2021) for only $200/£200 more than the knocking-on-the-door-of out of date 21.5-inch model. Of course, if you get a great cheap iMac deal on the 21.5-inch model, it's still a good option as a general desktop / secondary PC. But if you're willing to spend a little bit more, you can be assured to get a whole lot back in return if you plump for the new Apple iMac (M1, 2021).
As for the 27-inch version, as you can see from the following detailed specs, this is squarely aimed at the digital creative professional, and is well worth trying to get at a decent price.
The 24-inch iMac (M1, 2021) specs
- $1,299/£1,249: 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores; 7-core GPU; 8GB RAM (up to 16GB); 256GB SSD (up to 1TB); 4.5K Retina display; 500 nits brightness; 1080p FaceTime HD camera with M1 image signal processor; two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports; Magic Keyboard.
- $1,499/£1,449: 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores; 7-core GPU; 8GB RAM (up to 16GB); 256GB SSD (up to 2TB); 4.5K Retina display; 500 nits brightness; 1080p FaceTime HD camera with M1 image signal processor; two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports and Two USB 3 ports; Magic Keyboard.
The 27-inch iMac (2020) specs
$1,799/£1,799: 3.1GHz six-core 10th-gen i5 (up to i9), 8GB RAM (up to 128GB); 256GB SSD (up to 8TB); AMD Radeon Pro 5300 (up to 5700 XT); 5K Retina display; 500 nits brightness; 1080p FaceTime HD camera; Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and Four USB-A ports; Magic Keyboard.
The 21.5-inch iMac (2020) specs
$1,099/£1,099: 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-gen i5; 8GB RAM (up to 16GB); 256GB SSD (up to 1TB Fusion Drive); Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640; Widescreen display; 320 nits brightness; FaceTime HD camera; Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and Four USB-A ports; Magic Keyboard.