It wasn’t enough for Cupertino to just update their iPad lineup on Thursday. Alongside the launch of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, Apple took the time to revamp its famous iMac.
Launched in 1998, the iMac has been Apple’s staple computer for 16 years. With various upgrades and resigns in those one and a half decades, Apple yesterday made one of the biggest changes yet to the iMac’s display.
Building on last years super-slim design, Apple decide to fit a full 5K resolution screen inside the 2014 update to the 27 inch iMac. Apple quietly launched a cheaper, low-end, model of the iMac in the summer of 2014. Now, this 5K iMac comes as consumers become more snobbish about the display they use on a daily basis. Apple updated the MacBook Pro line to include a Retina display at 2880×1800-pixels in 2012, and gave the iPhone and iPad Retina displays in the years running up to 2012. Nearly 5 years after the launch of the first Retina display, Apple has finally added a high quality display into their best-selling Macintosh.
Boasting a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution, the 27 inch oxide TFT display is being labeled as ‘Retina 5K’ by Apple and comes with 67% more pixels than a cinema 4K display. Apple also claims that the entire system is 30% more energy efficient than the previous model.
On the inside, Apple will let you spec the machine up to a 4GHz Quad-Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB GDDR5, 32GB GDDR SDRAM and 1TB Flash Storage. The best part is, Apple will take your money from today. You can grab yourself an iMac now if you’ve got a spare £1,999 in your bank.
It’s a long-awaited update to a line of computers that have cried for a piece of ‘retina’ love. Updates to the line were bolstered by minor tweaks, with only the 27 inch receiving a 5K display. Sadly, it means you have to make a lot of space for a decent display; with the 21 inch iMac keeping the standard 1920×1080 display. Apple points out that the total cost of the iMac is amazing value, considering that a standalone 5K display is just above the £1,500 mark. You get an entire monitor and computer for just under £2,000.
Inevitably, it will be seen as too expensive for the majority of customers; but Apple has its niche target market for this product. In the future the prices will drop. As Apple migrates Retina through more products, it will become the norm and more accessible for all.