Apple launches 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display, Updates Mac Mini!

Apple on Thursday unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring what it claims to be the world’s highest resolution display with 14.7 million pixels.

iMac with Retina 5K display features a 27-inch display with a resolution of 5120x2880p, four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67% more pixels than a 4K display.

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According to Apple, the iMac with Retina 5K display uses an 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.

iMac with Retina 5K display also uses LEDs and organic passivation to improve image quality and reduce display power consumption by 30%, even while driving four times more pixels at the same brightness, as per Apple.

To improve the contrast ratio, iMac with Retina 5K display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film for blacker blacks and more vibrant colours. Apple says every iMac with Retina 5K display is calibrated using three spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate colour.

iMac with Retina 5K display comes with a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, and can be configured with a 4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4GHz.

It also comes with AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and can be configured with AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics, delivering up to 3.5 teraflops of computing power.

iMac with Retina 5K display comes standard with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. It can also be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additionally, iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps transfer rates, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation.

Apple has also refreshed its entry-level Mac Mini portable desktop computer. The new Mac mini features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi support and Thunderbolt 2 ports.

 

According to Apple, the new integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics deliver up to 90% faster graphics performance than the previous generation Mac Mini. The new Mac mini includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each delivering up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each port, as well as next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station.

Mac mini consumes as few as 6 watts of power when idle.

The two new Macs come with OS X Yosemite, the new version of OS X, that sports a flatter, new look and comes with overhauled apps in addition to the new Continuity features that makes working across Mac and iOS devices seamless.

Apple says OS X Yosemite is engineered to take full advantage of the iMac’s Retina 5K display.

iMovie, GarageBand and the suite of iWork apps also come free with every new Mac.

iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping from today itself with a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a retail price of Rs 1,79,900.

The Mac mini comes in three standard models – a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a retail price of Rs 36,990, a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB hard drive starting at a price of Rs 49,990 and a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive starting at a price of Rs 69,990.

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