5K Ultra High Definition Screen Sharpest in the World
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Once Apple’s “It’s Been Way Too Long” event got going, we heard some very exciting news about iMac. That’s because Apple is now shipping a 27-inch iMac with Retina display, that provides one of the sharpest resolution of any screen in the world, at 5K. And it’s pretty sweet. But why did it take Apple so long to get the retina iMac to market? Turns out they had to invent a few things to make it happen.
With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, has over 14.7 million pixels… 4x more than HD. And all that resolution requires a smarter display controller to push all those pixels. So Apple had to create their own timer controller, which can handle four times more bandwidth, and will push the pixels with very little in the way latency.
Apple also created a process called “organic passivation,” which, along with Oxide TF materials that charge the pixels faster and reduces pixel “cross-talk.” With its lower power backlight, the iMac Retina uses up to 30% less energy than the previous iMac model that has 1/4 of the resolution.
This design also improves on “off axis” viewing with better color gamut and dynamic range to boot. That’s pretty wild. Other specs of the iMac Retina include the base model 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Haswell processor that can be turbo boosted to 3.9 Ghz and is also upgradable to a 4GHz i7 for power users.
It’s driven by AMDs Radeon R9 M290x Graphics card, and also has 8GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 2 ports and storage optiosn up to a 3TB Fusion drive or a 1TB SSD.
Cost of the 27-inch iMac Retina will start at $2499 and it ships today. That’s nearly as much as Apple’s Mac Pro, but consider this… Dell wants $2500 for their 5K-esque display… without a computer. So think of it as getting a 5K display and a Mac at no extra charge! Apple also refreshed their non-retina iMacs offering both 21.5-inch and 27-inch models starting at $1099.
In other Mac news, Apple also finally refreshed the Mac Mini – and some believe that’s what the “it’s been too long” was about, but I think it’s all about the retina on the iMac. Anyway, the new Mac Mini’s chief selling point is that it’s a hundred dollars cheaper now, starting at $499, the most affordable Mac in history.
Specs on the new Mini include – 4th gen intel core, Intel processor, Iris HD graphics, PCIe flash, 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports, and 80211AC WiFi. At that price, who really needs a Hackintosh? Ships today as well.
Then there was a new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which have as their chief features an A8x processor and the arrival of TouchID.