Apple updated their iMac last Thursday. The new iMac with Retina 5K Display has exactly that: a display that is not just 4K, but 5K.
Image from Apple.com
Just to put the whole concept of 5K in perspective, a 1080p display has 1,080 pixels on a horizontal row going across the screen all the way down. 5K pixel density consists of 5,120 pixels on the same horizontal row, meaning that a 5K display is about 5 times as dense as 1080p. That’s just insane. One can barely see that many pixels in the first place, and on the 27-inch screen of the new iMac, this will look breathtaking.
Behind the amazing display is high-powered performance. Including high-powered Intel i5 and i7 processors, the new iMacs have high-powered computing power, but the most amazing improvements to performance might come in the graphics performance. Apple included the newest AMD graphics into the new iMac, providing for 3.5 teraflops of graphics computing power. For somebody who’s not a computer nerd like me, I get the impression that that’s A LOT. Also, the new iMacs have up to 3TB of storage on Apple’s performance-friendly Fusion Drive. This is indeed both a beautiful and powerful computer.
With all this display and performance power comes a cool price tag starting at $2499. I think that this price will discourage almost all but the most advanced professional from buying this new iMac, but this doesn’t take away from the amazing capabilities and design of this computer.
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In an event today, October 16, Apple announced three new devices: the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and the iMac 5K. Here’s a sum-up:
The iPad Air 2 is basically an iPad with all of the features present in iPhones that users wanted on the iPad. It features new cameras with image stabilization and other improvements, an A8X 64-bit chip, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and new colors, including gold, space grey, and silver. Apple is marketing this device with the slogan, “Change is in the Air”, and while somewhat cheesy, this slogan is appropriate, with the new model coming in at 6.1 mm and just less than a pound.
The iPad Mini 2 is essentially the same thing as the iPad Air 2 with a smaller screen size, except it contains an A7 chip and now includes Touch ID.
The new iMac has a 5K display. This display is even bigger than 4K and the 1080p found in Apple’s high-end laptops. This is an unprecedented move. The new screen has 14.7 million pixels. It is almost unbelievable how dense this screen is and this will be AMAZING to see.
Basically, this announcement provided necessary updates to both branches of the iPad line and also revolutionized desktop display with a 5K display on the new iMac. I’m most excited to see the new iMac, and I think that this update specifically will set a whole new precedent for desktop display and revolutionize high-density pixel displays.
This weekend, I’ll be posting more about this update and the iMac specifically. Watch out for that post soon!