With all eyes on the new iPhone 6 and Apple’s new OS for both mobile and desktop, the new iMac has been slightly overlooked. There is a good bit of irony here, as the headlining update of Apple’s staple desktop is the gorgeous new display: the iMac now has a 5K retina LED screen, which supports up to 5120-by-2880 resolutions, resulting in 14.7 million pixels on display. That is almost 13 million more pixels than your average HD display. “It’s a remarkable feat of engineering and the most beautiful display for everything you do,” says Phil Schiller, senior president of Apple’s world wide marketing.
Naturally, the stunning new display isn’t the only improvement. Apple offers an improved CPU in the form of a quad-core, 4.0Ghz Intel Processor; 3.5 teraflops of processing power for graphics via AMD; up to 3TB of Fusion storage; and two Thunderbolt 2.0 ports.
Other 5k displays are available, such as Dell’s UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, but they come bearing a similar price-tag to Apple’s iMac, which is not just a display but an all-in-one desktop computer. Apple feels the new display is to be a guaranteed hit among film makers, artists, and anyone who’s eyes need to be glued to a computer screen for long periods of time. The desktop will come with a choice of the Magic Mouse or the Magic Trackpad.
Demand for a stand-alone 5k display has already started to surface, to which Schiller replies, “I’d estimate — granted, I’m wrong a lot — that Apple won’t ship a standalone 5K display until at least 2016, and it won’t work with any of today’s Macs, including the 2013 Mac Pro.”
The new iMac starts at $2,499 and is available now.