A sleek workhorse with the world’s sharpest resolution display
The Retina iMAC’S 5K monitor uses 14.7 million pixels to offer some great images, and amazingly all these pixels are packed in a machine that is just 5 mm thin at the corners, and Apple made the 27-inch display just 1.4 mm thin to make sure it has a clean and crisp look. Apart from precision calibration on the display for colour accuracy that serves unbelievably life-like details of photos and videos, Apple has also used a new timing controller that switches pixels on and off in accordance with specific requirements without hogging too much energy.
The new iMac also features fourth generation Intel Core processors with the base model running on a Core i5 Quad Core with turbo boost speeds of up to 3.9 GHz, an AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2 GB RAM graphics card and a 1 terabyte fusion drive. You can even order custom-built machines with full solid state storage, as well as processors going up to 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7, and an AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphic card with 3 TB fusion drive.
The iMac comes preloaded with 8 GB of RAM that can neatly be upgraded to a maximum of 32 GB, and an optimised OSX Yosemite. The OSX Yosemite has a feature called ‘continuity’, which lets you continue what you were working on your iPad on the desktop, and then shift the work back to your iPad without any loss. Yosemite works closely with your iPhone too, letting you use your iMac to answer iPhone calls or answer text messages so long as your iPhone is on the same network as your iMac.
For those who want high-speed connectivity of external peripherals with the iMac, the Retina iMac has two thunderbolt ports in addition to four USB 3.0 ports. The headphone slot, ethernet jack and the SD card slots are at the rear of the unit.
It’s priced at a premium, but Apple knows just who it’s aimed at.