Apple refreshes iMac line with Retina displays, faster hardware

Apple logoApple has refreshed its iMac line for late-2015, making Retina 5K displays standard on 27-inch models and introducing a new 21.5-inch version with a Retina 4K screen. The new iMacs also get faster processors and graphics, new internal storage options and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

The Retina 5K display was first available on a more-expensive 27-inch iMac, initially priced starting at $2,499, that Apple introduced a year ago, and is now being made available as standard equipment on iMacs costing as little as $1,499. Meanwhile, the Retina 4K display is available for the first time on a 21.5-inch iMac, be it as an option.

The Retina 4K display on 21.5-inch iMacs means a resolution of 4,096 by 2,304 and a pixel density of 218 ppi. The Retina 5K display that is offered on 27-inch iMacs has a resolution of 5,120 by 2,880 and a pixel density of 217 ppi. They are basically identical as far as pixel densities go, which is to be expected.

Apple refreshes iMac line with Retina displays, faster hardware

What you need to know is that, while the high-resolution screen costs nothing if you opt for a 27-inch iMac, to get to similar levels of quality you have to shell out $1,499 to get a 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina 4K panel. The entry-level 27-inch iMac kicks off at $1,799.

In terms of processors, all iMacs get sixth-generation Intel Core chips and Iris Pro Graphics (21.5-inch models) or AMD Radeon R9 GPUs (M380, M390 or M395, depending on which 27-inch iMac you get). There is also 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity on board that enables transfer speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps.

A memory upgrade, from 8 GB of RAM to 16 GB of RAM, adds $200 to the cost, while an upgrade to a Fusion drive or SSD ups the price by at least $100. A 1 TB Fusion drive is standard equipment only on the $1,999 and $2,299 27-inch iMacs, being available as a $100 option on the other iMacs.

The least-expensive SSD upgrade adds $200 to the cost of most iMacs, for which you get only a 256 GB drive. The SSDs are said to be up to 2.5 times faster than before, based on Apple's testing. The mid-range 27-inch iMac can be had with an SSD for $100 more, while the top-of-the-range model offers one as a no-cost option, replacing a 2 TB Fusion drive.

Alongside the new iMacs, Apple has also introduced a new Magic Keyboard ($99 on its own), Magic Mouse 2 ($79 on its own) and Magic Trackpad 2 ($129 on its own). All are battery-powered, and the last of the bunch even gets Force Touch. Battery life is said to be up to a month. Magic Mouse 2 is a no-cost option, but Magic Trackpad 2 will add $50 to the cost of your new iMac, and if you want the bundle you will have to tick the $129 option.

As you might expect, all new iMacs ship with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and they are available starting today, October 13, from Apple Store. Also available today are the new accessories.

Source: Betanews

Tags: All-in-One, Apple, iMac

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