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New 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display


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Apple has just announced a brand-new iMac with the firm’s first 5K Retina display.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of marketing, revealed the new device, talking it up as "an incredible feat of engineering."


The 27-inch display has an insanely high resolution of 5120 x 2880 – that’s around 14.7 million pixels.

It is the world’s highest resolution display,” boasted Schiller, revealing that new iMac offers 67% more pixels than 4K.

In fact, the Retina 5K display actually carries around seven times more pixels than your standard 1080p HD television.

The new device is also incredibly thin, with a super-svelte 5mm profile.

Despite the huge resolution increase, the screen actually uses 30% less energy than previous iMac iterations, thanks to faster pixel charging and reduced pixel cross-talk.

In terms of specs, there’s a 3.5GHz quad-core i5 processor, with an upgrade to 4.0GHz i7 should your wallet be overflowing with cash.

Graphical processing heft comes courtesy of an AMD Radeon R9 M290X chip, upgradeable to M295X.

There’s also Thunderbolt 2, a faster 1TB fusion drive for storage, 8GB of memory, and an improved environmental rating.

Release date and price

The US pricing for the new iMac is $2499, which translates to roughly £1556, and starts shipping today.

Schiller closed with: “I can’t wait for you all to see it and experience the incredible images it produces.”

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October 16, 2014, 8:41 pm

"which translates to roughly £1556"

Yes, everywhere except the price in the store. I'd be surprised if there were many options in the UK starting at less than £1,899.

Matthew Bunton

October 17, 2014, 12:55 am

These resolutions are getting a bit silly now.

Do we really need 5K hell we hardly have the tech to drive 4K well at the moment.


October 17, 2014, 9:58 am

Once you've added 20% VAT it comes to £1867.20, and there will be additional import duties and costs associated with selling in the UK, so the difference is not as scandalous as it seems.


October 17, 2014, 1:29 pm

You sit a lot closer to a monitor than a tv though (or at least most of us do) - I consider it a step in the right direction. Computer monitors have stalled (mostly) at 1920x1080 resultion for too long, anything to help improve monitor resolution is good in my book.

Christopher Turner

October 18, 2014, 1:36 am

You would be completely correct, the UK price will include 20% VAT, while the American price is before sales tax.


October 18, 2014, 3:57 pm

i am sitting, and typing on a 1900x1200 screen at the moment, i cant see any pixels and thats on a 26 inch screen


October 23, 2014, 2:12 pm

It's meant for photo or video editing, not for Farm Simulator... Look at a proper photo on the 5k screen. It genuinely looks incredible.

Matthew Bunton

October 23, 2014, 2:25 pm

Thanks for pointing that out Mr obvious.


October 23, 2014, 4:02 pm

Apparently it needed to be said, otherwise why would you say 5k is silly when it does have a purpose?

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