Apple has taken the wraps off the latest version of its popular desktop machine. The new 27-inch iMac is the company’s top tier all-in-one offering, packing in an impressive 5K display and improved energy efficiency.
The new iMac’s flagship feature is its impressive 5,120 x 2,880 display which isn't just sharper, but also produces deeper blacks and better viewing angles than previous models. Apple was keen to point out how impressive the 14.7 million pixel-toting screen really is, highlighting that the 5K display offers 67 percent more pixels than 4K TVs. Despite its ultra high-def nature, the panel’s use of efficient LEDs means that it’s actually 30 percent less power-hungry than older displays.
The machine has also received some significant internal upgrades. The base configuration is fitted with a 3.5 GHz quad core Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM and a beefy AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card. And if you’re willing to lay down the required cash, then it’s possible to upgrade the desktop to feature a 4 GHz quad core Intel Core i7 CPU, 32 GB RAM and AMD Radeon R9 M295X GPU.
There’s a 1 TB Fusion drive on board as standard, and as with other components, this can be upgraded as well (up to a whopping 3 TB Fusion drive, or 1TB PCIe-based flash storage). The desktop also features two Thunderbolt 2 ports, which offer twice the bandwidth of previous generation ports, with speeds of up to 20 Gbps.
The machine runs on the company’s latest OS X Yosemite operating system, which is available as a free download for Mac users starting today. The new version of the operating system offers a refreshed look, improved Spotlight search, better integration with iOS and more.
The new 27-inch model slots in at the top of the existing iMac range, with the non-Retina 21.5-inch and 27-inch models still available for purchase for $1,099 and $1,799 respectively. The new, Retina-packing system starts at US$2,499 for Core i5 model.
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