New 5K Retina iMac launched as existing model gets a price cut

Apple has introduced a new, wallet-friendly version of the 5K Retina iMac as the existing model comes down in price.

With the 5K iMac having set wannabe owners back around £2,000 when first introduced last year, the pro-grade all-in-one has been reduced to £1,849 as an all new, £1,599 model is introduced.

Boasting 67 per cent more pixels than a standard 4K display, the new 27-inch iMac pairs its stunning 5K panel with a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7GHz.

This impressive chipset sits alongside AMD Radeon R9 M280 graphics, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.

The unit’s specs sheet is further enhanced by four USB 3.0 ports and a pair of Thunderbolt 2 connectors – each capable of delivering transfer speeds up to 20Gbps.

As impressive as this features list sounds, it is a step back on the top-of-the-line model’s 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Core i5 chip, R9 M290X graphics and 1TB Fusion Drive configuration.

The new iMac has been unveiled just weeks after the Cupertino-based company refreshed its laptop lines, launching the all new MacBook.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been amazing,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing said.

He added: “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.

Related: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Which should you buy?

Those looking to snap up the new or cut-price iMac can do so from today, May 19.

For those with even more demanding needs, a range of configure-to-order add-ons are available, from 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processors to 1TB flash storage drives.

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