The very best iMac deals for December 2016

There are six iMac models, but which is the best iMac for you?

We expect the next update to the iMac lineup, what used to be Apple’s core product, sometime in 2017. 

Ever since the famous Bondi Blue iMac debuted way back in 1998, Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer has been setting standards in gorgeous design and powerful performance. 

These days Apple is again pushing boundaries with the iMac, blessing all of its 27-inch models with the world’s best display, which has a massive 5K (5120x2880) resolution and a wider colour gamut than previous models. 

Add in a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (configurable from 3.2GHz up to 4.0GHz), 8GB of memory, a fast and capacious Fusion Drive, and a powerful AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor – and the large iMac is the desktop system to own.

The lineup as of 2016 is limited to just six models (excluding a few extreme custom options. Your choices are either the 21.5-inch or 27-inch display, and the Retina display is the clear choice (now boosted with a P3 wide colour gamut display which represents red, green and blue in a more real world way). 

Retina on the 21.5-inch model is at 4K resolution and you get the stunning 5K on the 27-inch. If you really want an iMac but can’t meet the entry-level Retina price tag for the 4K model, you can still buy non-Retina for £1,049 as opposed to £1,449.

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display deals

In 2015, Apple introduced the first 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina 4K (4096x2304) display. Both Retina 21.5-inch models have a quad-core processor, either 3.1GHz or 3.3GHz varieties, starting at 8GB RAM with an option of 16GB for an extra £180.


27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display deals

Apple’s flagship monster iMac comes in three basic models, but the top end is configurable to 4.0GHz. £1,749 nets you the basic, but highly capable, 3.2GHz model with 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and AMD Radeon R9 M380 graphics with 2GB video memory.