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Apple introduces iMac with Retina 5K display

By Katrina Canlas & Ng Chong Seng - on 17 Oct 2014, 7:33am

Apple introduces iMac with Retina 5K display


Besides new iPads, Apple today also takes the wraps off the much-rumored iMac with a Retina display.

Boasting a 27-inch screen with a 5,120 x 2,880-pixel resolution (that’s 14.7 million pixels for you), this Retina iMac has four times the pixels of the existing 27-inch model. Apple went as far as to give it a name: Retina 5K display. Of course, putting this display together is no mean feat. We aren’t going to explain how timing controller, oxide TFT, organic passivation, photo alignment, and compensation film work - except to say that combined, they enable the Retina iMac to be just 5mm thin (at its edge), and to have improved viewing angles and contrast ratio (even off-axis). Incredibly, despite packing way more pixels, it manages to use less energy than the previous model.

According to Apple, even the best existing technologies wouldn’t have made this iMac possible. But they did it.

Of course, there are more changes under the hood. The US$2,499 base model of this iMac with Retina 5K display (which ships in 3 to 5 business days at this moment) has a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz), AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics (2GB), 1TB of Fusion Drive, 8GB of memory, and is equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports. If you need more computing power, you can upgrade the CPU to the 4.0GHz quad-core Intel i7 and the graphics to the AMD Radeon R9 M295X. Up to 1TB of flash storage options are also available.

Announced today and ready to ship - that's Apple for you!


Mac Mini

It certainly took a long while, but Apple’s tiny and very affordable Mac Mini desktop also sees an update today. Powered by 4th-gen Intel Core processors (Haswell), the new Mac Mini lineup also sports Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, PCIe-based flash storage, wireless 802.11ac, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

To be more specific, the US$499 base model gets you a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz), Intel HD Graphics 5000, 500GB hard drive (you can upgrade to a 1TB Fusion Drive), and 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8 or 16GB).

If you’re willing to pay US$699, you get a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), Intel Iris Graphics, 1TB spinning hard drive (you can upgrade to a 1TB Fusion Drive or a 256GB SSD), and 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 16GB).

And finally, for US$999, the top-of-the-line Mac Mini gets you a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz), Intel Iris Graphics, 1TB Fusion Drive (or you can upgrade to a 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD), and 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 16GB). For even more processing power, there’s also a 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) processor option.

It's been almost two years since Apple last updated the Mac Mini. Well, better very late than never.


OS X Yosemite

First unveiled at WWDC in June and then beta tested by both developers and the public since, Apple’s next major desktop OS release, OS X version 10.10 (also known as Yosemite) will arrive today for free on the Mac App Store. We’ll talk more about Yosemite in a separate article, so keep a lookout for it.

OS X Yosemite: Coming today in a Mac App Store near you.