October 19, 2014

Forget 4K, Apple Announces 5K iMac





At Apple’s October event, Apple has announced their brand new iMac. The main focus of the new model is its display. According to Apple, the 17’’ iMac has the highest resolution display in the world. It is a pixel dense “Retina 5K Display” with a resolution of 5120x2880. This comes to a whopping total of 14.7 million pixels on a single display.

With the new super high-res display, the contrast ratio is now greater which maximizes color and detail. Apple is also using new power saving LEDs which can save up to 30% in power consumption.

It also includes faster processors with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, with turbo boost to 3.9 GHz in the base model, which is upgradeable to a 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7, which turbos to 4.4 GHz. Apple’s fusion drive is also now standard on the base model with 8GB of RAM. Apple says the new iMacs are 45% faster in graphics than the previous model. They will also feature Thunderbolt 2 ports for faster I/O.

The aesthetics of the iMac are largely unchanged. In fact, it looks identical to its predecessor. It still features a thickness 5mm at its thinnest point, an aluminum body design, and an edge-to-edge glass panel.

Apple is nearing an all-Retina product line up. The few devices left waiting to receive Retina Displays are the Thunderbolt displays and the very popular MacBook Airs.

The Retina iMacs are available today starting at $2749 CAD.

Merlin Zhao is a writer and graphic designer at [blank]'s Universe. He is also a technology enthusiast with his expertise in mobile devices. Merlin enjoys playing the Bass Clarinet with his high school band.