iMac 24 vs iMac 27: is the M1 or the Intel the best iMac for creatives?

iMac 24 vs iMac 27
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If you have an iMac in your sights, your choice is iMac 24 vs iMac 27. Last year, Apple launched a completely redesigned 24-inch iMac with it's new M1 chip. However, if you want a larger screen to work on, then you'll want to check out the slightly older 27-inch iMac from 2020.

Unlike pretty much every other Mac and MacBook made by Apple, the 27-inch iMac has yet to get Apple's own M1 or M2 chips. That means it's still running on an Intel processor, and while that's perfectly fine for most tasks, it does mean the 27-inch is missing out on some of the great features that come with Apple silicon.

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.