Last week, rumors popped up that Apple would be updating their iMac line very soon, and that the 21.5 inch iMacs would be joining the 27-inch model with its own ultra high definition Retina display, but in 4K. Days later, Apple made the announcement that indeed the smaller iMac would feature the 4K Retina Display, plus the 27-inch model would come with a 5K display as a standard feature.
Now having a 5K iMac is nothing new. It’s been out for a few a year now, and has rapidly become the best Apple desktop ever made (yes, even better than the Mac Pro). It’s incredibly fast, and that 5K Retina screen is positively gorgeous. As such, we’ve been on update watch ever since, and last week, I speculated that the time was coming soon, and today Apple updated the entire iMac line with ultra high definition retina screens.
Details as follows:
All 27-inch iMacs will now feature a 5K Retina display (not just an upgrade option), while the 21.5-inch model will feature an 4K Retina upgradeable display, and an HD (1920 x 1080) default option. The 27″ 5K iMacs will have 14.7 million pixels (5120 x 2880 resolution), and will be 7 times as sharp as the current HD iMac.
Meanwhile the 21.5″ 4K iMac will have a 4096 x 2304 resolution, with 9.4 million pixels, or 4.5 times as sharp and colorful as the current HD iMac. The new ultra high definition Retina iMacs will also feature Apple’s P3-based color gamut, which provides 25% greater color accuracy.
The 21.5″ iMacs will also be driven by Intel’s fifth generation Broadwell Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics processors. And for multiple screen users, the iMacs will also have two thunderbolt 2 ports for plugging in of additional displays.
It’s also likely that with the new ultra high def Retina line, Apple will completely convert their remaining iMac production to the new display controller that is able to process that much data without compromising signal latency. The iMac screen also has a special organii passivation process that uses Oxide TF materials to charge the pixels faster without “cross-talk” that bleeds from one pixel to another. The new Retina iMacs will also use about 40% less energy as the current HD model.
In other Apple news, there’s also a new triplet accessory package which comes with a Magic Keyboard, updated Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. All three feature rechargeable batteries that charge directly from a lighting cable. The keyboard stays charged while plugged into the computer, while a quick two minute charge of the Magic Mouse 2 will give users a full day of battery life, a full charge gives users a full month of regular use. All three will also automatically pair as well. The Magic Trackpad also brings Force Touch to desktop for the first time.
Pricing of the 27-inch 5K iMac starts at $1,799 and runs to $2,300 depending on options, while the 21.5-inch 4K iMac will start at $1,499. Users can also opt for a standard HD model that starts at $1,099. But really, who wants that? All iMacs will come with the new Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic Mouse 2 as standard (which come with rechargeable batteries that charge via a Lightning connector), with the option to add the Magic Trackpad 2 for $129. Existing 5K iMac users who want to buy the Magic Keyboard 2 or Magic Mouse 2 piecemeal, they’ll run $99 and $79 respectively.
All models ship today; for more info, check out Apple’s iMac page.
Hat Tip – Loop Insight