Apple today unveiled the iMac with Retina 5K Display. The 27-inch iMac offers a 5120 X 2880 display for an amazing 14.7 million pixels. Other features include quad core Intel processors, high performance AMD Radeon graphics, Thunderbolt 2, and a 1TB Fusion Drive standard.
“Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”
The iMac’s Retina 5K display boasts four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. In apps like Final Cut Pro X, users will be able to edit 4K video, and still have room for the timeline and editing tools.
Apple uses a precisely manufactured oxide TFT-based panel to deliver vivid display brightness from corner to corner. A single supercharged Apple-designed timing controller (TCON), with four times the bandwidth, drives all 14.7 million pixels. The new display also reduces power consumption by up to 30%, while driving four times the pixels of a regular 27-inch iMac display.
The new iMac with Retina 5K Display also boast some impressive internals. The base model is powered by a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and it can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Graphics are driven by AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and it can be configured with AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics, delivering up to 3.5 teraflops of computing power, the most powerful graphics ever offered on an iMac.
Other standard features include 8GB of memory, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. The new iMac can also be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of super-fast, PCIe-based flash storage. In addition, the iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation.
The new iMac Retina comes with OS X Yosemite installed. iMovie, GarageBand, and the suite of iWork apps come free with every new Mac.
iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping today with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US). Customers can order the iMac with Retina 5K display through the Apple Online Store.