Apple today announced the new 2021 iMac with a redesigned look featuring an M1 chip inside. While the iMac models with an 8-core CPU and GPU that cost starting $1499 sport a total of four USB-C ports, the entry-level iMac with a 7-core GPU only features two.
The absence of two USB-C ports might be a limitation for some users who don’t intend to shell out extra bucks.
It’s worth noting that entry-level iMac comes with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt/USB-4 compatibility. Any iMac with a higher price point offers two additional USB-C ports, both of which are USB 3 ports and lack Thunderbolt compatibility.
Apple says that “two additional USB 3 ports let you connect external devices for data transfer, charging, and syncing.”
That said, if you are someone that relies on a lot of connections while using your Mac, you have no option but to shell out $200 extra for two extra ports and a gigabit ethernet connection. When you shell out an extra $200, you also get an extra core of GPU, but the M1 MacBooks have demonstrated that it does not translate to any gap in performance.