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.
Mark Treen says
As a matter on coincidence I was in Best Buy yesterday looking at 27” monitors. This display has 7 times more pixels than anything they have on the floor.
Suddenly my life feels empty and filled with ennui.
So what is the point if it has a glossy coat and isn’t colour accurate?
I assume apple are aiming this at the pro user?
Mark Treen says
What do you mean accurate? The first thing a visual media pro would do when buying this would be to hook up a monitor calibrator to make it accurate.
I’ve been using a “glossy” screen to edit pictures for 2 years now. I wouldn’t want a matt. I’m not sure if you’ve been keeping up with things but there are benefits to glossy and recent updates have lessen the negative that were first associated with them. All that being said I don’t edit with a bright light behind me. I imagine a pro using a matt screen knows not to do this because of the color cast issues it causes.