Alongside new iPads today, Apple announced an impressive new iMac with a 27″ 5K resolution display for a base price of $2499.
The new Retina display iMac has been rumored for quite some time now. It offers the 4x the resolution of the previous 2560 x 1440 resolution panels on the 27″ iMac models. The new display weighs in with an incredible 5120 x 2880 resolution – that’s 14.7 million pixels!
In order to make a true Retina display work at the massive 5K resolution, Apple had to create a new timing controller to manage the bandwidth created by such a large quantity of pixels.
The base model is equipped with an Intel quad-core Core i5 3.5GHz processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz), while it can be configured with a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz.
On the graphics side, Apple now includes an AMD Radeo R9 M290X card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and it can be configured with an AMD Radeo R9 M295X with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM.
The base model only sports 8GB RAM; however, it has four SO-DIMM slots that are user accessible and upgradeable to a max 32GB RAM.
Apple retains its common I/O configuration with the ports accessible on the right-rear of the machine. It has four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports (and upgrade from the Thunderbolt 1 ports on previous iMac models).
The new iMac 5K Retina model is available now. Check out configuration options here on Apple’s website.