Apple refreshes iMac lineup with 4K and 5K Retina displays

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Apple has updated its iMac product family with two new models: a 21.5″ iMac with a new Retina 4K display, and a 27″ iMac with a new Retina 5K display. According to the vendor, the new Retina displays will make photos and videos more immersive, thanks to a wider colour gamut and improved image quality. The new models also boast more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options including a more affordable high-performance Fusion Drive.

Redefining the desktop experience

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“From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, in a statement. “These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

Improved display, new processor and graphics.

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The 21.5″ iMac with its Retina 4K display features 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, which is 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5″ iMac display. The new desktop also boasts a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics. Both new models feature two Thunderbolt 2 ports, which can deliver up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds to external drives and peripherals. Three models are available today; priced at $1,399, $1,649, and $1,899 for the Retina 4K display model.

 

Teraflops of computing power

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Apple’s new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is powered by sixth-generation Intel Core processors and the latest AMD high-performance graphics for up to 3.7 teraflops of compute power. All the new iMacs boast three stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi that supports up to 1.3Gbps wireless networking. It’s available now in three models, starting at $2,299, $2,599 and $2,999.

New iMac accessories

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Apple also introduced severalk news wireless accessories: the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. They’ve been redesigned to feel more comfortable, and also eliminate the need for disposable batteries by using new rechargeable batteries. The Magic Trackpad 2 also uses Apple’s new Force Touch interface. The Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard with a new design that is 13 per cent smaller than its predecessor.


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.