The iMac has always been about design – making the computer itself something you want to look at or put on display, rather than just a tool that occupies desk space. Apple was one of the first companies to capitalise on people’s desire to make a statement with their workspaces and homes. Way back in 1998 when the very first partially translucent Bondi Blue iMac came out, it got everyone talking and also revitalised Apple at a time when it was struggling. Shortly afterward when five new candy-coloured options were introduced, they became the de facto way to advertise that you were cool, hip, and unique. You’d see them on every TV show and at every creative business. Every teenager wanted one. The desktop PC went from beige box to pop culture moment.
Since then, the progression from colours to white and then to aluminium has made the iMac look more sophisticated and premium, but also less fun. You still see them everywhere, but they make a different statement – more sedate than exciting; more minimalist than quirky. In 2021, all that is changing. Colour is back with a bang, and the iMac has been completely redesigned and repurposed. It’s going back to its roots, but also setting the stage for the future.
Of course there’s more to it than just design. This is Apple’s first all-in-one powered by the in-house M1 processor, and there are plenty of software touches to talk about as well. I’ve had a chance to use and review a new 2021 iMac for a few weeks now, and while I think Apple is on to something here, this definitely isn’t the ideal computer for everyone. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iMac, and whether it’s right for you.
iMac (M1, 2021) price in India
With a starting price of Rs. 1,19,900 in India, the new iMac doesn’t come cheap. You should be aware that the base variant at this price comes in only four out of seven colours and lacks a few features – fewer ports, a slightly weaker integrated GPU, no Touch ID keyboard, and no Ethernet port. This price gets you 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, which are not upgradeable later.
The variant priced at Rs. 1,39,990 is a more realistic baseline if you want all the features and versatility. You still get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but the aforementioned compromises are eliminated. There’s also a readily available configuration priced at Rs. 1,59,990 which ups the storage to 512GB.
Apple now lets you customise hardware configurations in India, particularly if you buy from its own online store. Each tweak will take a big bite out of your wallet, though. If you want 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, it’ll cost a staggering Rs. 20,000 extra. You’ll pay the same amount to for each storage tier – that means Rs. 20,000 more for 512GB, and up to Rs. 80,000 more for a 2TB SSD. Considering the market prices of RAM and storage, these markups are hard to justify.
Swapping a Magic Mouse for a Magic Trackpad will cost Rs. 5,000, and if you want both, that will be Rs. 12,500 extra. If you choose the base variant, you can get an Ethernet port (on the power brick, more on that later) for a somewhat reasonable Rs. 3,000 and an upgrade to the keyboard with Touch ID sensor for Rs. 5,000. The Magic Keyboard with a numeric keypad will be another Rs. 3,000 on top of that (Rs. 8,000 in total). Interestingly, Apple has only just begun selling these new versions of the Magic Keyboard, Mouse and Trackpad on their own, but only in Silver. As standalone products, they sell for more than you’d pay to upgrade while buying an iMac, and you can’t get them in matching colours, at least not yet. You can also buy the new iMac with a VESA mount instead of a stand at the same prices from Apple’s online store.
iMac (M1, 2021) design
The new iMac arrives in a pretty large box with photos and text that match the colour you’ve chosen. There’s even a matching fabric strap to carry it with. The box opens to reveal the iMac itself plus all the accessories neatly nestled within custom-sized cutouts. Depending on what you chose at the time of purchase, you’ll get the external power brick and cable, plus the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, and/or Magic Trackpad and one Lightning cable to charge all of them. Of course, they’re all colour coordinated. A small envelope contains the basic literature and two Apple logo stickers in different tones of your chosen colour.
You can choose between Silver, Blue, Pink, and Green if you’re going for the base variant, and there are also Yellow, Orange, and Purple options if you choose the more expensive ones. Silver is of course the neutral, safe option, and while I wish there was a darker Space Grey as well, Apple clearly wanted an upbeat palette. All the other colour finishes are two-tone – rich, saturated and bold metal on the back, pedestal and input devices, with a paler pastel variation on the front panel and cables. Yes, every little detail is colour coordinated, right from the contact nubs inside the Type-C ports on the rear to the sleeving and plastic insert on the bundled Lightning cable’s connector.
The iMac is designed to look good from any angle. Despite having a 23.5-inch display, Apple says this new model is actually smaller in volume and footprint than the previous-gen 21.5-inch model. Many people might be disappointed that there’s still a thick chin below the screen, but this has become an instantly recognisable design feature, so I’m not surprised it’s been retained. What is interesting is that there’s no Apple logo on the front anymore. Around the screen itself you now have a white border. A webcam and its activity LED are above that. On the top of the frame you’ll see two pinholes for microphones, and the bottom has discreet vents for cooling.
At just 11.5mm thin with a completely flat back, the new iMac does give off a very modern vibe. The thinness doesn’t save any desk space since the pedestal is 14.7cm deep, but it does grab attention. Frankly, this isn’t even necessary for a desktop PC. Sure, the level of integration that the M1 SoC enables and its modest cooling requirements mean that the iMac can be thin, but you also sacrifice modularity and upgradeability.
iMac (M1, 2021) specifications
Now that the M1 processor has been out for a while, Apple is happy to let it take a backseat and let design of the new iMac get all the attention. This is the same silicone that we’ve seen so far in the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pros. This is a fully integrated SoC with four high-performance CPU cores, four more efficiency cores, and up to eight GPU cores, plus various IO controllers and logic blocks for AI and security, image processing, and AI. System RAM is also now unified on the same package.
The base configuration of new iMac ships with an M1 with seven GPU cores, while the higher priced ones have eight. All implementations have the same eight CPU cores and 16 “neural engine” cores. Apple doesn’t publish information like base and boost clock speeds, thermal thresholds, or power draw, but third parties have figured all that out. The new iMac uses active cooling and the slim body shouldn’t be too thermally constraining, considering that the same hardware works just fine in slim MacBooks.
It’s interesting that Apple has gone with a single 23.5-inch display option. This tells us that the new iMac is being repositioned as more of a general-purpose PC than a creative professional’s tool. It’s very likely that we’ll see a new iMac Pro lineup with larger screens in the near future. The panel resolution is 4480×2520, which is effectively 4.5K at a 16:9 aspect ratio. You get P3 wide colour gamut coverage, brightness of up to 500 nits, and Apple’s True Tone automatic colour temperature adjustment feature. There’s surprisingly no mention of HDR. The M1’s GPU is said to be capable of driving this display as well as up to one 6K external display simultaneously.
The base variant has only two Thunderbolt 4 (40Gbps) Type-C ports and the 3.5mm audio output. The higher variants have an additional two USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps) Type-C ports plus Gigabit Ethernet passing through the power brick. If you still need USB Type-A ports, be prepared to buy some hubs, adapters, or replacement cables. This dearth of ports might be acceptable on an ultraportable laptop but there’s no real justification on a large, static desktop – especially since the new Mac mini has a better selection. If you have a printer or other devices permanently attached, the base variant will prove frustrating.
Since you’ll need to do a lot of things wirelessly, there’s Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Sound quality has been upgraded with a six-speaker audio system, Dolby Atmos spatial audio, and a “studio quality” directional three-mic array. The webcam has a 1080p resolution which should come in handy in this age of video calls.
iMac (M1, 2021) software
One of the biggest appeals of Apple’s hardware is how tightly it is integrated with software and services. The new iMac comes with macOS Big Sur (11) and will be eligible for a free update to macOS Monterey (12) later this year. You might already have used Big Sur on older Macs, since you can generally expect at least three years’ worth of free updates. Buying an M1-based Mac means that you’ll likely have a software upgrade path for several years.
You can check out our recent MacBook Air and Mac mini reviews for more details about Big Sur and what features it introduces for M1-based Macs. There’s a fresh new UI design scheme, plenty of updates to core apps, and several popular Apple-only features. Free preloaded software such as Pages, Numbers, Time Machine, Garage Band, and iMovie can come in handy.
If you use AirPods, an iPhone and/or an iPad, you’ll probably appreciate the interoperability of audio switching, iMessage, AirDrop, Handoff, Sidecar, Universal Clipboard, and Keychain – just some of the ways that these devices can work together to make life easier. Of course you’ll have to use iCloud and Apple’s own apps and services such as Apple Music, Safari, and Mail to take advantage of many of them.
M1-powered Macs can now run iOS apps downloaded from the App Store, though there are some limitations – you can read about this in our Mac mini review. Many apps have been updated to run natively on Apple Silicon over the past several months, but even ones that haven’t should run fine thanks to Apple’s very smooth Rosetta 2 emulation layer.
There hasn’t been any update to Boot Camp, so Windows isn’t officially supported. As before, you can download Windows for ARM and run it with a bit of work. Other virtualisation options such as Parallels Desktop already support Windows 11 betas.
MoLife Sense 510 smartwatch review: Comfortable and sturdy smartwatch for everyday use
Molife recently launched the Sense 510 smartwatch with Bluetooth calling and features an in-built speaker. It also features accelerometer, heart rate, SpO2 and BP monitoring. The smartwatch uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to Android and iOS devices. Molife’s Sense 510 falls under the Rs 5000 category but is it worth buying. We find out.
There are currently a number of smartwatches in the market, and new ones keep launching every day. A lot of emphases has been paid to the Made In India factor where gadgets are concerned. Keeping this in mind, Molife, the Indian mobile and lifestyle accessories brand, recently launched the Sense 510 smartwatch with in-built Bluetooth calling. The smartwatch features an inbuilt speaker that enables users to take calls and talk. It also features an accelerometer, 24-hour heart rate monitor, SpO2 and BP monitoring. The smartwatch also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to Android and iOS devices. Molife’s Sense 510 falls under the Rs 5,000 category and is available on Amazon and Molife’s website for Rs 4499 and Rs 3899, respectively, but is it worth buying? We find out.
MoLife Sense 510 smartwatch review: Build and design
The Molife Sense 510 comes in black colour with a matching strap, an additional strap in orange colour, a charging connector and a user manual. My personal preference while looking for a watch is to go for something sturdy and tough, so I did not mind Sense 510 smartwatch’s design, but I would have also appreciated a more delicate design since i Have a somewhat small wrist. However, I had no problem with the smartwatch as it felt good on my wrist, and it even served a premium look and feel. The smartwatch weighs 60 grams and comes with an interchangeable strap that feels like it has a rubber and leather finish. It also comes with another strap in rusty orange colour, which is also made of the same material in case users want to use it.
The smartwatch features a metal zinc alloy case that adds to its premium feel. Users can choose from various watch faces and can browse for more on the Da Fit app. The company notes that the smartwatch has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and I had no problem with in that area because at times, I wore the watch while washing my hands and expectedly a few drops of water would fall on the smartwatch but did not affect it anyway. I wore the smartwatch while riding my two-wheeler on dusty roads and I did not have to clean it much later. This showed that it was dust and water resistant. However, the place where I had a problem was with the sweat marks the watch got after I removed it after long hours of usage. Whenever I had a sweaty wrist and checked the back of the watch, I felt gross because of the sweat marks.
The watch uses a green LED light while measuring the heart rate and uses the same sensor to monitor blood oxygen and BP tracking. It also has speakers on the right side, and the microphone is present on the bottom edge. I could take calls and speak to people through the speaker on the smartwatch which is a big plus because I did not always have my phone handy. However, users must keep the smartwatch connected to their mobile phones at all times. The watch has two buttons on the right-hand side. The first one, when pressed, livens the display and also goes back to the home screen when pressed but does not have any other purpose. The second button launches workout modes. It also features 7 sports fitness models including swimming, walking and running among others. I used to wear the smartwatch during my evening walks, and it recorded my steps pretty accurately.
The display is touch-sensitive and can be used to operate the various functions on the screen. The smartwatch has a 1.3-inch glass colour touch screen. There is an option to adjust the brightness, with one minimum and five maximum. The brightness was underwhelming even when I set it to five when I stepped out during day time because I could hardly see anything. I cannot say the same about areas with the lesser light or during evening time as the display and the brightness was satisfactory then. Users can set the watch to turn on the screen when they lift their hand, and the screen turns off in a few seconds, but the watch does not have an option to increase the timeout limit, and I had to keep pressing the button or keep lifting my arm to turn the display on to see time or use other functions.
The watch also shows notifications to its users when they swipe from the bottom. Users can see and read the notifications, but they cannot reply to it. Swiping from the top will show a quick settings shade which has Theater mode that lowers the brightness and sends the watch into vibration mode. Users can also adjust settings like weather and Bluetooth connectivity. Users can access music controls, steps, camera shutter buttons, weather, heart rate, oxygen and BP monitoring, notifications, and flashlight.
MoLife Sense 510 smartwatch review: Bluetooth calling and compatibility
Sense 510 also has a built-in calling feature, and users can take or deny calls directly from the watch. It also allows users to add up to eight contacts, shows a call log, and features a dial pad. The speaker is present on the backside of the watch. The feature is helpful for users who do not always have their phone around and can take calls through their watch. I personally liked this feature a lot as I can’t keep track of all the places I forget my phone throughout the day. It will also come in useful for people while driving as they will not have to look at their phones to see who is calling. I was able to take calls on the smartwatch and could even listen to audio at times. When there was no external disturbance, the feature worked for me.
The Sense 510 can be paired with Bluetooth on both Android and iOS. Users will have to install the DaFit app from Google PlayStore or App Store. Once the app has been downloaded, users will be required to fill in their details like height, weight, gender and birth year. The app will give users various fitness tracking options and device settings. Through the DaFit app, users can get an elaborate picture of their sleep cycle, heart rate monitoring, BP and oxygen levels. The BP tacker was not accurate as it changed its recordings within seconds, the oxygen tracker showed readings slightly different from my oximeter.
So you cannot entirely rely on the readings for your vitals from this watch and will have to verify it from a second place also, in my opinion. Sleep tracking works most of the time and shows restful, light, REM and awake data, and it worked almost fine for me. It however recorded time as my sleeping hours even if I was not sleeping and watching shows or reading while lying down.
MoLife Sense 510 smartwatch review: Battery life
The Sense 510 features a 220mAh battery and says it will last up to 3 to 4 days with calling time which was true as I charged the watch once and could use it for over four days, which was hassle-free as I did not have to charge it much. The smartwatch comes with a magnetic charging connector, which comes off easily, so users will have to take care to position the watch in such a manner that it is getting charged.
MoLife Sense 510 smartwatch review: Verdict
The Sense 510 smartwatch is a nice, sturdy smartwatch with a solid build quality and decent battery life. It also has an in-built calling feature which is impressive for a watch in the sub- Rs 5000 price range. Further, the vitals it shows are not accurate — especially the BP and SpO2. The watch can be used to track steps while walking and other sports modes, which serves the purpose of someone looking to use the smartwatch. There is no way to control the live display time externally, and it shuts down soon to save power and users are required to click on the right-hand side button multiple times. Its difficult to see with the display the watch offers during day time, but it is alright when indoors and during evening time. Overall, the watch is impressive and can be worn for everyday use.
Source: India Today
Moto 360 Gen 3 smartwatch launched in India at Rs 19,990
Moto 360 Gen 3 is finally on sale in India after more than two months of being listed on an e-commerce website. The latest iteration comes with Google’s Wear OS and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Source India Today
New Apple Watch ceramic, titanium models leaked, set to launch alongside iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11 launch is just a few days away and leaks and rumours are in full swing. While the smartphones are certainly going to hog the limelight, Apple may also introduce some other products. Ahead of Apple’s rumoured September 10 event, new details about the new Apple Watch models have emerged online.
Brazilian website iHelp.br said it has discovered references to new Apple Watch in the latest watchOS 6 beta. The website says Apple’s next smartwatch will come with premium titanium and ceramic casings. The revamped Apple Watch will be available in 40mm and 44mm sizes same as Apple’s Watch Series 4.
It is worth noting that Apple used to offer ceramic casings for Series 2 and Series 3 watches but it skipped the material with Watch Series 4. The ceramic models came with premium price tags and just two black and white colour options. As far as titanium goes, this will be the first time Apple will be using the material for Apple Watch. The look and feel of titanium version of Apple Watch is said to be similar to the company’s Apple Card.
The new design could come with Apple’s Watch Series 5 but some reports also suggest the new models could be part of the company’s existing Watch Series 4 lineup.
Apple introduced Watch Series 4 in September last year. The smartwatch comes with improved design as it delivers larger screen without increasing thickness. The digital crown now supports haptic feedback on apps like podcasts and calendar while speaker is now up to 50% louder than the older generation. Some of the key highlight of Apple Watch Series 4 includes ECG support, dual-core S4 processor, and GPS. Apple Watch Series 4 is available in India at a starting price of Rs 40,900.
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