Apple’s iMac has been long overdue for an update but in today’s event, it has finally gotten the much-wanted update. The Cupertino giant has updated their flagship 27-inch iMac with a retina display which is unmatched by others. This iMac with Retina does not come with 4K resolution but it comes with 5K resolution resulting in 14.7 million pixels. That is 67% more pixels than the 4K display and results in super sharp graphics which makes reading and viewing much more sharper and lifelike.
The 27-inch iMac with Retina display has 5120 x 2880 pixels to be precise. Prior to this, the 27-inch iMac was sold with 2560 x 1440 resolution (that option is still available though). Apple has not changed the external design or size of the iMac; it’s exactly the same as the last year’s model. However, several improvements are made internally. It comes with an updated LED backlight, an updated oxide TFT display panel, and an updated timing controller to push around the display’s 14.7 million pixels. Despite having more pixels, the new iMac consumes 30% less power as compared to last year’s model thanks to new LED technology.
“Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”
To power this new beast of an iMac, Apple has also updated the components. At standard, it comes with 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core processor which is configurable to 4.0 GHz Core i7 with 4.4 GHz turbo. In terms of memory, it has 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory at standard which can be bumped up to 16GB or 32GB. The 1 TB Fusion drive now comes standard however you can go as high as 3 TB. In terms of graphics, the new iMac with Retina display is equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. However, if you want more graphics power, the Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB memory is available as an option.
Other features include FaceTime HD camera, stereo speakers, dual microphones, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. On the back, there is a memory card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and gigabit Ethernet.
The base model starts at $2499 and is already up for sale at Apple’s website. It ships with the latest OS X Yosemite. All this set aside, the display alone justifies the price of this new iMac.