Apple iMacs Get a 5K and 4K Makeover

The iPhone may get all the attention, but that doesn’t mean Apple has forgotten — or forsaken — desktop computer users. Case in point: the recent quiet updating of the display of every one of the 27-inch iMac models to the Retina Display’s resolution of 5K (5120 x 2880). The display features Apple’s “P3-based” color — as opposed to using sRGB as was the case previously — and is stated to provide a 25% greater color gamut, bringing the colors seen in real life to the screen as was not possible before with sRGB, according to Apple. This series will feature more powerful processors and graphics, with the graphic card’s capabilities extending to driving up to two external displays at 4096 × 2160 resolution each, or a single one via a dual-cable at 5K resolution.

But there’s more — Apple has also added the option of getting a 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K Retina display (4096 x 2304). This iMac will also feature a faster graphic card so as to handle the workload needed. The physical chassis of the 21.5-inch iMac will remain unchanged as compared to the non-4K models.

Both the 27- and 21.5-inch iMacs will include four USB 3.0 ports on their backs. Here can also be found two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and an SDXC card slot — say goodbye, fans of the side-mounted card slot.

These new iMacs are available now and come with the El Capitan OS X operating system, along with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models, starting at $1,799, $1,999 and $2,299. The 21.5-inch iMac comes in three models, starting at $1,099 and $1,299 and with the Retina 4K display starting at $1,499.

Marshal Rosenthal
Marshal Rosenthal
Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Past accomplishments include editing of home theater and video gaming publications domestic and international, operating a NY photographic studio specializing in children/product and providing graphic imaging for video game box art, manuals and related.

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